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BRASS Business Guide - COMPANY AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH

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What are the best resources for finding key facts or a quick profile on a company?

These resources are ideal starting points when you are trying to find a quick snapshot of a company. The basic facts include address and phone number, annual sales, number of employees, type of business, chief executives, and year founded.

How do I quickly find a company's address and phone number?

Many resources can be used to find a company’s address and phone number, including most of those mentioned elsewhere in this guide. Use any resources that are convenient for you. The resources listed here are chosen for their comprehensiveness.

Company's Website: For active businesses, the most current and reliable information is likely on their own website. There may be various locations and contact methods depending on purpose.

Websites: Numerous websites are useful for finding companies including the White Pages at https://www.whitepages.com, and SuperPages at http://www.superpages.com. Search engines such as Google, Bing, and Wikipedia may also be helpful.

Telephone Books: Often overlooked when thinking of “business” resources.

Open Access Resources

Subscription-Based Databases

Please note that the databases below are subscription-based databases. Many university and public libraries have access to these databases, so please check with your local libraries to see what is available.

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