Research
Business & Company Information

 

This page contains a selection of the best business websites and links to business-related databases subscribed to by Skokie Public Library.

Additional company information can be found on the Investments & Finance page along with general information on stocks, mutual funds, and interest-rate related investments.

For small business owners or those wishing to start their own business, the Library has a separate Small Business page with information on business start-up, marketing, and more.

Check out some featured Business Books at the library.

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General Business Information

Web resourceBizLink

This annotated directory of resources for business research contains topics such as business forms; careers, jobs, and salaries; company and industry research; international business; investment and personal finance; marketing and demographics; patent and trademark; starting a business; and taxes.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardBusinessDecision from CIVICTechnologies

BusinessDecision is a reporting and mapping service that combines extensive consumer household, market segmentation, and demographic data with GIS mapping technology. Use this product to locate potential customers, identify new store locations, evaluate competitors, or focus marketing efforts.

Web resourceCEOExpress

This comprehensive directory designed for business executives compiles useful work-related, as well as lifestyle and travel, resources.

Web resourceCrain's Chicago Business

Though most of the detailed articles require a subscription, there are still some valuable free postings here including an events calendar, classified ads, selected local business news stories, and more.

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Find Company Information

These databases and websites are excellent sources of information on local, national, and international companies.  Depending on the source, expect to find directory, financial, personnel, and current news.

Local Companies (Skokie, Chicago Area, and Illinois)

Web resourceCorporate/LLC Information Search (Illinois)

From the Illinois Secretary of State, this database provides basic information on Illinois companies and non-profits.

Web resourceMajor Employers in Skokie from SkokieNet

This list contains links to the websites of many local employers. Some of the websites include information about available jobs.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardPublic Records Electronic Database

This database contains local public filings of new businesses, new homeowners, home foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardReferenceUSA

The business section of ReferenceUSA has information on over 11 million United States companies and is searchable by size, location, and industry. Search results can be compiled into contact lists.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available.

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U.S. Companies

Web resourceThe Blue Book of Building and Construction

This online companion to the Blue Book regional directory of commercial construction professionals includes regional, categorized construction information with over 800,000 company listings.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardFactiva.com

This multilingual provider of news and business information includes full text access to over 6,000 news wires, newspapers, magazines, and journals.  Factiva.com includes many specialized trade journals, international business resources, and publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. In addition to English, the site can be viewed in Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Coverage varies by source.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceForbes Lists

This site provides lists of the World's 2000 Largest Companies along with a list of the Largest Private Companies and many other business related rankings.

Web resourceFortune 500

Fortune provides this list of America's largest corporations, including detailed company profiles, contact information, and an archive of lists going back to 1955.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardHoover's Online

Hoover's Online is a great resource for researchers, business professionals, and job seekers providing basic contact information for over twelve million companies, with detailed reports for more than 40,000 of them. Information is available for industries and competitors. The Hoover's database can be searched by company name or other criteria to produce lists of companies matching the specifications entered.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMergent Online

Mergent Online provides access to reports and information on thousands of publicly traded companies from the United States and around the world. A unique feature is the availability of information on inactive companies, including historical daily stock prices.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMergent WebReports

Mergent WebReports allows you to access a vast archive of corporate and industry related documents. WebReports contains more than 180,000 documents covering over 100 countries and industries. The "Company Search" section gives current reports on major companies. "Corporate Manual Search" retrieves reports from the Mergent/Moody’s manuals from the current year back to 1909. "Municipal Manual Search" retrieves reports on cities and towns in the United States that have issued municipal bonds over the years.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMorningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides access to information on stocks and mutual funds for potential investors and researchers.  Reports include Morningstar Star ratings and the opinions of stock and fund analysts.  Funds and companies can be searched by name or ticker symbol and lists can be generated by customized screening criteria.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardReferenceUSA

The business section of ReferenceUSA has information on over 11 million United States companies and is searchable by size, location, and industry. Search results can be compiled incto contact lists.
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Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardStandard & Poor's NetAdvantage

NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information that offers online access to Standard & Poor's research-related products such as stock reports, corporation records, The Outlook, dividend records, and more.

Web resourceThomasNet

ThomasNet, powered by Thomas Register of American Manufacturers® and Thomas Regional Directory, is a leading source of information on industrial products and services provided by North American suppliers. You will find a comprehensive online resource of over 650,000 distributors, manufacturers, and service companies within more than 67,000 detailed industrial categories. ThomasNet includes detailed product information, company information, and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardValue Line Research Center

Value Line Research Center includes online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. Get ratings and use online screening tools to find investments best suited to your criteria.

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International Companies

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardFactiva.com

This multilingual provider of news and business information includes full text access to over 6,000 news wires, newspapers, magazines, and journals.  Factiva.com includes many specialized trade journals, international business resources, and publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. In addition to English, the site can be viewed in Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Coverage varies by source.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceKellysearch

For industry-to-industry business KellySearch is a comprehensive online buyers' guide and search engine, with more than two million company listings from over 155 countries worldwide.

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Current News and Articles about Business

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardFactiva.com

This multilingual provider of news and business information includes full text access to over 6,000 news wires, newspapers, magazines, and journals.  Factiva.com includes many specialized trade journals, international business resources, and publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. In addition to English, the site can be viewed in Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Coverage varies by source.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardHoover's Online

Hoover's Online is a great resource for researchers, business professionals, and job seekers providing basic contact information for over twelve million companies, with detailed reports for more than 40,000 of them. Information is available for industries and competitors. The Hoover's database can be searched by company name or other criteria to produce lists of companies matching the specifications entered.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

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Annual Reports and Business Filings

Many companies now post annual reports on their websites.  Use the following resources for hard-to-find annual reports or other business reports filings.

Web resourceCorporate/LLC Information Search (Illinois)

From the Illinois Secretary of State, this database provides basic information on Illinois companies and non-profits.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardPublic Records Electronic Database

This database contains local public filings of new businesses, new homeowners, home foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceThe Public Register's Annual Report Service

View annual reports and financial statements from thousands of public companies.  A free registration is required.

Web resourceRegistered Identification Number Database

From the Federal Trade Commission, registered identification numbers (RNs) are issued for clothing, textile, wool, and fur products. This database is searchable by number or company name.

Web resourceSEC Edgar Database

From the Securities and Exchange Commission, this site includes reports and filings from all public companies doing business in the United States, including a historical archive going back to 1994.  Use this resource to find 10-K reports, proxy materials, mutual fund prospectuses, and all other reports and filings required by the SEC.

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Find Industry Information

These websites have been selected to help you find general information on various industries and information on the companies in those industries.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardFactiva.com

This multilingual provider of news and business information includes full text access to over 6,000 news wires, newspapers, magazines, and journals.  Factiva.com includes many specialized trade journals, international business resources, and publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. In addition to English, the site can be viewed in Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Coverage varies by source.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardHoover's Online

Hoover's Online is a great resource for researchers, business professionals, and job seekers providing basic contact information for over twelve million companies, with detailed reports for more than 40,000 of them. Information is available for industries and competitors. The Hoover's database can be searched by company name or other criteria to produce lists of companies matching the specifications entered.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceNorth American Industry Classification System

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifies business establishments according to the process used to produce goods or services.  This site includes a complete, searchable list of the 2002 NAICS codes and titles, with conversions from SIC codes to NAICS and from 1997 NAICS to 2002 NAICS.

Web resourceTSNN.com: The Ultimate Trade Show Resource

An online search utility for information on more than 50,000 trade events, conferences, and seminars throughout the world.

Web resourceUnited States Department of Labor SIC Search Codes

From the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), this site provides SIC code description and a list of typical products and services covered, as found in the hardcopy SIC Manual.

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Find Statistical Information

Find key labor, employments, and economic statistics at these websites.

Web resourceBureau of Labor Statistics

From the United States Department of Labor, this well-designed site offers key labor and employment statistics including the latest unemployment rate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Product Price Index (PPI), industry and wage data, and much more. Site visitors can create detailed tables of specific local data.

Web resourceFederal Reserve Bank of Chicago

This website contains current and historic economic data, Consumer Price Index, and underemployment figures for the United States and the Midwest.

Web resourceFederal Reserve Board Statistics: Releases and Historical Data

Use this website to find major data from the Federal Reserve Board including interest rates, money supply, and foreign exchange.

Web resourceThe Inflation Calculator

Enter an amount of money, an "initial year," and a "final year" and The Inflation Calculator will use the Consumer Price Index to adjust any given amount of money for inflation. Rates may be calculated from the year 1800 to 2001. The site also includes links to information on the Consumer Price Index and other inflation-related topics.

Web resourceNational Economic Trends

This website from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides up-to-date economic data, including Gross Domestic Product figures and interest rates.

Web resourceUnited States Department of Labor Consumer Price Indexes

This monthly report include current data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Resources include regional data and customizable tables.

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Interest Rates, Banking, and Currency

Web resourceBankrate.com

Find the best rates for mortgages loans, savings accounts, credit cards, CDs, and more.

Web resourceFDIC: Reports of Condition and Income/Financial Thrift Report

Online information on the solvency of banks.

Web resourcemoney-rates.com

Find loan rates, key interest rates, and investment rates on this financial resource website.

Web resourceNational Credit Union Administration: Credit Union Data

This database provides reports on individual credit unions.

Web resourceNational Information Center (NIC) of the Federal Reserve System

A comprehensive online resource for all types of information on banks including a directory of banks and bank holding companies, performance reports, and foreign bank information.

Web resourceOANDA Currency Converter

View any exchange rate among over 160 currencies for any day from 1990 through today.

Web resourceThe Universal Currency Converter

Perform currency conversions for hundreds of currencies.

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Import/Export

Web resourceFITA : The Federation of International Trade Associations

This site offers a compendium of trade information including an annotated index to over three thousand international trade and import/export websites.

Web resourceIllinois Trade Office

Find information on Illinois trade offices, a schedule of trade events, and links to useful trade sites.

Web resourceExport.gov

Export.gov provides links to all federal government resources on exporting and international trade including a "getting started" section, export leads, and other valuable information.

Web resourceTradePort

Managed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool for trade information, trade leads, and company databases.

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