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 Researching Your Business Idea:


Wichita State's Albah Library offers a wealth of resources, such as market and industry reports, at no cost to students. 

Entrepreneurship Research Guide: Specifically designed to guide new business owners through their available resources.  

Kauffman Foundation: Includes access to insights, research, and articles on entrepreneurship. 

Market ResearchIBIS World provides industry reports. Just look up your industry and read about size, growth, and trends.

Look up news articles regarding your industry and competitors.

Read reviews for your direct competitors to get an idea of what you can do that your competitors do not.


Intellectual Property:


                  The United States Patent and Trademark Office


                  Google Patents

Wichita State University's Ablah Library is the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Kansas. Visit the library guide for intellectual property resources at Contact Sara Butts if you have general questions about intellectual property or if you would like assistance with a patent or trademark search. You can reach Sara at (316)978-5017 or The library also offers several workshops about intellectual property and business topics in the Entrepreneurship Research Series of workshops. To see a full schedule of workshops, visit


Business Model: 


                 Strategyzer, Alex Osterwalder

                 Nail It Then Scale It, Nathan Furr & Paul Ahlstrom

                 The Lean Startup, Eric Ries

Writing a Winning Business Plan:


Meghann Kuhlmann, the WSU Business Liaison Librarian, has offered to assist teams with their business plans. She is open to answering questions as well as meeting with teams individually to help them identify the best information for their business plans. If you would like to take this opportunity, contact Meghann at or at (316) 978-5075. 


                 Planning for Success: Finding Facts to Support Your Business Plan Workshop (April 2)

                 Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide,

                  How to Write a Business Plan, Open Colleges

                  How to Write a Business Plan, SBA

                  How to Structure a Business Plan, Inc. Magazine

                  Writing a Business Plan, Sequoia Capital

                  SEC Filings and Forms

 Launch Your Business:


                  The Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneurship Resource Center

                  Small Business Administration (SBA)

                  Startup America Partnership

                   Startup Tools from Steve Blank

Pitch to Investors:


                    The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint      

                   Example Pitch Presentations from Industry Leaders

Get Legal and Tax Help:


                     IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center    

                     Kansas Department of Revenue

Using your myWSU Id:


                     Resources For SNVC Competitiors Using myWSUID