Business Insights: Essentials* contains detailed information, key personnel and company histories on larger companies.
ReferenceUSA* is a nationwide business directory of companies of all sizes. The information listed for each company includes contact information, executive names, business demographics and more.
Free online resources
Hoover’s contains both free and fee-based content. It covers both public and private companies.
FundingUniverse is a compilation of company histories.
Securities and Exchange Commission contains basic information that the government requires public companies to release. It contains the EDGAR database where you can find company filings for the last several years.
Some company information sources have a specific, relatively narrow focus.
ThomasNet, the latest incarnation of the Thomas Register, lets you search by product to help you figure out what companies make specific products.
Registered Identification Number Database from the Federal Trade Commission identifies manufacturers, importers and distributors of textile products.
Solusource (formerly Thomas Global Register) includes industrial product and company information from around the world.
Kompass is a business-to-business company directory that includes companies in dozens of countries (requires free registration for the best functionality).
Worldwide Directory of Public Companies can be used to verify the existence and exact name of a domestic or foreign publicly traded company; it also sorts by industry.
Numberway provides a comprehensive list of foreign online phone directories.
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