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Having a winning idea is one thing, but making enough money at it to support your ambitions and lifestyle is another. Start with a good idea that fills a need or void in the marketplace. Add a strong team, sound strategy and add a little capital, and watch your dreams become reality. As this competition evolves, visit this section to review timely information to help you turn you're idea into a reality.

West Virginia Business Information

Starting a Business

Business Writing

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property, often known as IP, allows people to own their creativity and innovation in the same way that they can own physical property. The owner of IP can control and be rewarded for its use, and this encourages further innovation and creativity to the benefit of us all.

The four main types of IP are:

  • patents for inventions - new and improved products and processes that are capable of industrial application
  • trade marks for brand identity - of goods and services allowing distinctions to be made between different traders
  • designs for product appearance - of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation;
  • copyright for material - literary and artistic material, music, films, sound recordings and broadcasts, including software and multimedia

For more information, visit the US Patent and Trademark Office website.

Financial Information

NACE Salary Calculator

Bplans.com Financing a Business

WVU Resources

  • Penny Pugh
    WVU Library Research Services Department
    PO Box 6069, Morgantown, WV 26506
    (304) 293-0334
  • Genifer Snipes
    WVU Library Reference Department, Room 1004H
    PO Box 6069, Morgantown, WV 26506
    (304) 293-4240

Books

  • The Ten Day MBA (Steven Silbiger)
  • The Millionaire Next Door (Stanley & Danko)
  • Seven Habits of Highly Successful People (Stephen Covey)