Small business assistance

Wayne State University Library System business research guides

Research Guides are collections of librarian-approved resources and tutorials on a variety of topics. Not sure where to start? Ask a Librarian!


TechTown is Detroit's entrepreneurship hub. They're a different kind of incubator and accelerator, with a full suite of programs for both tech and neighborhood small businesses. They work with businesses at all stages, helping startup, emerging and established companies develop, launch and grow. Check out their entrepreneurship talks, events, workshops, and intensive 10-week summer accelerator for college students and recent graduates, DTX Launch.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.

Technology Commercialization

Wayne State Technology Commercialization (TC) is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property (e.g.., patents, unique biological or other materials, and certain copyrights) developed by WSU faculty, staff, and students. The TC Office promotes an entrepreneurial culture and supports start-up ventures and regional economic development. TC also negotiates Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements and reviews the Intellectual Property terms of Sponsored Research Agreements.