Resources for Student Entrepreneurs

The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Innovation supports the continued education of students beyond the classroom. The more knowledge gained, the more knowledge can be applied to new and exciting ventures. Below, you will find suggested books, websites, and other online resources for entrepreneurs.

Advising & Mentoring

A sculpture by Wake Forest sophomore Will Coleburn ('18) as part of his public art class stands on Manchester Plaza on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Through the CICE, students can get advice and coaching on their ventures from the Entrepreneur in Residence, faculty, staff, and the CICE Mentoring Network. Stop by the CICE office in 230 Reynolda Hall for more information!


Incorporating & Sales Tax

Wake Forest students work in the atrium of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.IRS Website for obtaining Federal EIN numbers

North Carolina Department of Commerce: Information on starting your business

North Carolina Department of Revenue: Sales tax registration and forms

North Carolina Secretary of State: Business name search & registration  

US Patent and Trademark Office: Patent & trademark name search & registration

Patent Guide: How to complete a patent application

USA.Gov: Tax details and how to deal with them in business


Suggested Books 

How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist Carol MichelsHow to Survive and Prosper as an Artist

By Caroll Michels

“Now in its sixth edition, How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist is the definitive guide to taking control of your career and making a good living in the art world. Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, Caroll Michels offers a wealth of insider's information on getting into a gallery, being your own PR agent, and negotiating prices, as well as innovative marketing, exhibition, and sales opportunities for various artistic disciplines. She has also added a new section on digital printmaking and marketing in this emerging field.”

Creativity BookCreativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

By Lynn Book, David P. Phillips

“While creativity and entrepreneurship may appear to be unlikely allies, they are increasingly intersecting to produce economic and social value in new and exciting ways. This groundbreaking volume examines how creativity and entrepreneurship can be used in conjunction to foster positive change and innovation, particularly in areas such as higher education and sustainable global development.”

The Startup Owner's Manual Steve Blank Bob DorfThe Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

By Steve Blank, Bob Dorf

“The Startup Owner's Manual guides you, step-by-step, as you put the Customer Development process to work. This method was created by renowned Silicon Valley startup expert Steve Blank, acknowledged catalyst of the "Lean Startup" movement, and tested and refined by him for more than a decade.”

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook Rupert ScofieldThe Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook

By Rupert Scofield

“In The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Scofield leads you through the entire process of starting up and running a nonprofit, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do―valuable lessons he learned the hard way. The process, while risky, isn’t as difficult as you might think. Practically speaking, you need only two things: an idea and a plan. The former comes from you and you alone. This book supplies the latter.”

Business Model GenerationBusiness Model Generation

By Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur

“Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation.”

Who Owns the ICE HouseWho Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur

By Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger

“Based on his own life experience, Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert has teamed up with entrepreneurial thought leader Gary Schoeniger to create Who Owns the Ice House? – a powerful and compelling story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.”

All in a Startup Diana KanderAll In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line

By Diana Kander

“All In Startup is more than just a novel about eschewing temptation and fighting to save a company. It is a lifeline for entrepreneurs who are thinking about launching a new idea or for those who have already started but can't seem to generate the traction they were expecting.”



The CICE Library, located in 230 Reynolda Hall, has an additional variety of books on entrepreneurship available for check-out.


Google GrantsGoogle Grants  A service from Google that allows qualified non-profits to receive an in-kind grant for free ads on  The grants are for $10,000 per month in credits with Google Grants.  You have to have 501(c)3 status to qualify and you have a Google Adwords account.


Kauffman Fast Trac


FastTrac: The Kauffman Foundation site that helps provide a resources through local programs to help aspiring entrepreneurs at each stage of business.


They have three levels:

  1. FastTrac NewVenture: I have an Idea for a business but I need a plan and a framework for successfully launching my company.
  2. FastTrac GrowthVenture: I currently own a company and am looking for proven strategies and processes for healthy growth.
  3. FastTrac TechVenture: I am developing a technology or science-based business and need help navigating the factors that go in to starting a business like acquiring funding and intellectual property protection.


Membership Sites & Other Articles


entrepreneurship-org  A Kauffman Center resource site for entrepreneurship. Businesses and Nonprofits  Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more.


NASE logo

National Association for the Self-Employed  Provides day-to-day support, including direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. Represents hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses in the US. Membership costs: $120 per year.


Square is one service for your entire business, from secure credit card processing - including Apple Pay & EMV - to point of sale solutions. Check out two helpful articles from Square here: How to Start a Business and How to Run a Business.


SCORE dot orgSCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business  A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge.  Provides online workshops available 24/7 and resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs.
The online presence of Entrepreneur Magazine, which has been the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership for 33 years. 


SBANC logoSmall Business Advancement National Center Online resource center provided by University of Central Arkansas.  Also will provide telephone counseling services.  Donations requested.




Small Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities An online resource center that offers information on business plans, marketing, finances and more, geared toward entrepreneurs with disabilities.



USBA logoS Small Business Administration  U.S. government resource center for small business that provides information about starting & managing your business, federal grants and loans available and offers counseling and training.