When beginning research on a particular company, it is a good idea to verify its current name and status. Does it file with the SEC? Is it a subsidiary of another company? Is the company name actually a brand name? Who are its competitors? Company profiles and directories can help to find answers to those questions.
In order to be successful in your research, the following information is crucial to have:
Use the below databases to look up individual companies and to generate lists of companies using detailed search criteria, such as industry (NAICS or SIC Code), number of employees, sales, location (country, state, city, zip code), company status (public or private), and more.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
The Standard Industrial Classification Codes (SIC) that appear in a company's disseminated EDGAR filings indicate the company's type of business.