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Prospecting: Businesses

When looking for information on a Business or a Corporation, start with a few databases to gather quick financial and contact information to get an overall view of the company.


Chambers of Commerce: Find local businesses in a particular field or find contact information of a known business.
http://mochamber.com (Missouri & Links to Local Chapters)
http://www.gstccc.com/(St. Charles, St. Peters, Unincorporated St. Charles Co.)
http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com/ (Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, Dardenne Prairie)

US Small Business Administration
Search for small businesses, veteran and women owned businesses in a specified area.

ReferenceUSA: (Need Library Card to Use)
A Directory of Businesses that includes number of employees, sales figures, ownership, executive contact information and More.

ZoomInfo (in Lexis/Nexis Library ExpressDatabase): (Need Library Card to Use)
Search by executive or company name.

Mergent Intellect (Formerly Hoover's Online Pro): (In Library Use Only)
Detailed financial and executive biographies on more than 40,000 companies.

Secretary of State Database:
Look up companies that are registered with its local SOS office, many provide access to their annual reports.
http://www.statelocalgov.net/50states-secretary-state.cfm (National)
https://www.sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/soskb/csearch.asp (Missouri)
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/corp.html (Illinois)

Sorkins: (In Library Use Only)
Comprehensive business directory (St. Louis Only), which lists contact information, key executives, and a short biography of the company.
(BR338.70977) Spencer Road Branch Only

Tip: Make sure to check the Web to see if the company has its own WebPage.

WhoIs: Search by corporation name

Google: General web search engine, search by corporation name

Securities and Exchange Information:

Note: Public companies must file annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is available for public review.

The important filings to look for are the "10-K" which is the annual report, and the "DEF-14A" (proxy statements). Proxy statements are VERY long, but contain useful information such as salaries and stock holding information.

SEC: Raw Data Filing

Annual Reports Service:
Another way to retrieve a company's annual report. Must sign-up with Website to use.

Mergent: Search Annual Reports and SEC filings (Must Have a Library Card to Use)

Guide to reading the financial report:

Then check out the Following Links for your corporation for news articles, stock reports, and industry information:

Business & Company Information

D&B Hoover's: (Formerly Avention/One Source) (Need Library Card to Use)
One stop information source for articles, stock, reports, and industry information.

ReferenceUSA: Can check Business Credit Ratings!!

The database shows basic company information and size and sales are estimates, however downloaded records include: executive names, industry codes, credit ratings, and more.
When downloading make sure the selected options are:
File Format = Comma Delimited
Platform = Windows
Level of Detail = Detailed

Better Business Bureau:
Check out the company's reliability. The BBB logs complaints against the company and gives brief reviews of selected companies.

Mergent: (Need Library Card to Use)
Stock and company history information (and Annual Reports!)

Political Donations

Open Secrets:
Search by Corporation name to find out if your prospect company is contributing to Soft Money Donations.

Federal Election Commission:
Can Search by Employer/Occupation

Local Newspapers and Trade Journals:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Available through Library Database

Bizjournal: Search business journals of many major cities

Lexis-Nexis(Library Version): This is the source for other news/business journals http://www.youranswerplace.org/business-and-nonprofit