Researching Businesses Online
With the World Wide Web you can find information on any topic you need. You can also find information on any business or company you may be interested in terms of a supplier, a vendor, becoming a customer, or as a competitor. This information can give you an edge on your competition or just give you the tools you need to identify company information.
If you are searching for information on publicly held companies for stock investment opportunities the first thing you want to do is identify the stock exchange ticker symbol. These sites will help you look up company stock symbols:
To find more useful information such as research reports, company profiles, earnings information, analyst reports, and more use the following business summary web sites. These contain information on both public and privately owned companies.
To find business listings such as telephone numbers, addresses, maps, and more try these three resources:
Since public companies are required to report financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the public can view these reports to find financial data, marketing trends, and product details. Browse through the following sites to find this information:
If you want to review newspaper articles, press releases, and periodicals on a certain company try finding the local newspaper for that company's corporate headquarters. Here are some links that can help you find these articles:
If you need to research topics on a certain industry trends, the leading companies of a specific industry, the products in greatest demand or the impact of new technologies on a company, these sites will help:
To find information on the standards and performance for particular industries you need to find professional associations. These directories can help you find the information you are looking for:
To find opportunities for networking turn to conferences and seminars. These meetings will provide up-to-date information on issues affecting the company. The resources below will help you find more conference and tradeshow information.
If you need to find any information on company sales prospects check out this resource: