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TOP DAWG Idea Pitch Competition

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TOP DAWG New Venture Championship

Competition Schedule

Entrant Information

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Kathy Wyatt's FYI: Finding Your Idea PowerPoint  

Dr. Jon Pratt's Preparing the Pitch PowerPoint

TOP DAWG Idea Pitch Score Sheet

Download Gene Trammell's Suggestions

Business Plan Research


Where to search:

  • Louisiana Tech Prescott Memorial Library

  • Business Reference Databases:  Business Plan Resources 

  • Public library: Visit with the Reference Librarian to find useful resources

  • Internet

Internet Search Tips:

  • For more relevant search results, use quotation marks to set off what you are searching for.

  • Learn how search engines and databases use Boolean operators and symbols.

  • Metasite information: Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial  

  • Statistics are powerful. They help you make your business decisions.

  • Conduct the best research through reliable and credible resources. Always consider the source of the information. Evaluating web pages on the UC Berkeley website is a great resource.

  • Remember to cite using the APA format, so individuals who read your business plan will want to know the source of your information. Compile a list of your sources to include in your business plan Appendix.


Check out the Small Business Administration  Marketing Research page.


Market research begins with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Find the NAICS code for your business. (complete list of NAICS codes and titles)

Go to Rutgers Resources for International Business for sources of global information.     

        International Statistical Agencies 


Government Resources:  

The United States government compiles data about US citizens and the American economy which you will find very useful.

    FEDSTATS: For the numbers compiled by over one hundred federal agencies

    FIRSTGOV: This is the US Government's official web portal.

    US Census Bureau: Demographic information.

        Just to highlight a few of the Census Bureau resources: 

            American Factfinder

            County Business Patterns 




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