Patents and Trademarks
Google patents is a much better search tool than the USPTO website. Access it here.
Patent trademark database that is visual data. Currently it's in public Beta. Read about it here.
USPTO patent and trademark database. It's the data everyone builds off of. Do read there summary on the different types of searches and remember the database is only for approved patents and trademarks - not one in process or recently approved.
Trademark Tips and Tricks - A Primer. This is our own guide to Trademarks. I paid thousands to attorneys to learn this. It's free to you!
Funding Sources and Info
Free primer on Kickstarter success. Click here.
National Presto consumer goods (especially kitchen) partnership program. Click here.
Crowd Franchise Funding. These guys are new but it's about getting funding for a physical location. Click here.
AngelList is a formal platform for matching startups to funding and startups to job seekers. It's a great way to view how people are positioning and presenting their startups.
Social Enterprise L3C Corporations
An L3C is a new form of corporate entity that blends for profit and non-profit purposes. 14 states have picked up the structure with another dozen in the motions of creating this legal entity as an option for startups. For many entrepreneurs this is the way to go.
We have a great blog article about it click here.
Information about IL social benefit corporations, click here.
Blog article on the rise of social benefit corporations, click here.