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Start-Up Resources

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. The Entrepreneurship Research Guide is specifically designed to guide new business owners through their available resources. The Kauffman Foundation provides access to insights, research, and articles on entrepreneurship. IBIS 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.


Video Assistance

 Shocker Studios has generously agreed to help with the production of the application videos. While they will not assist with the content creation, they have offered to help produce the video free of charge. For more information and to set up a time to receive this Shocker Studios assistance, contact Justin Rorabaugh at or by phone at 316-978-7731.  

Also, be sure and click the button below to read about the guidelines for the video submission. 

Library Assistance

 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. 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.