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Company Research Guide

Whether you’re researching your competition, preparing for an interview, or looking for new clients, the CCPL Business Center has the key sources of company information you need. If you have any questions, email askaquestion@ccpl.org, call 805-6930 or stop by the Reference Desk.

Online Business Library Resources
Our Online Business Library is your one-stop shop for business research. Access these premium research resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free with your CCPL library card!

Reference USA (
in library | home access)
Use Custom Search to create sales call lists or research your competitors within a particular line of business or geographical area. Entries include names of business owners, number of employees, estimated business expenditures and other hard-to-find details for over 14 million private and public companies.

Business and Company Resource Center (
in library | home access)
Find information on thousands of public and private companies gathered from many business research sources. Records often include contact information, stock price, financials, market share, rankings, competitors, company history and more.

Mergent Online (
in library | home access)
Search public companies by name, ticker symbol or use advanced search to choose from over 75 search options. Extensive company records contain everything from company histories and historic stock prices to detailed financials, ratios, buy/hold/sell recommendations and more.

Periodical articles can be a great source of information on both private and public firms. 

General BusinessFile ASAP (
in library | home access)
Find millions of research reports, trade publications, magazines and newspapers published since 1980, many of them in full text.

Business and Company Resource Center (
in library | home access)
Choose Article Search to find articles in hundreds of trade journals, newspapers and other periodicals.

For local companies, remember to try the 
Charleston Regional Business Journal(website). For larger national or international companies, check out the Wall Street Journal (website) or the North American edition of the Financial Times (website).
All of these titles are held at the Business Center in the Main Library. Click the title to check for availability at our branch libraries.

Bond’s Franchise Guide – Entries include contact information and startup overviews including franchise costs for hundreds of franchises.

Brands and Their Companies – Locate the company that controls a brand name, including names no longer used or not registered with the U.S. Patent & Trade Office.

D & B Million Dollar Directory – Find directory information for larger U.S. businesses.

D & B’s Principal International Businesses – Find directory information for major international firms.

Dun’s Regional Business Directory – Find contact information and basic facts for many
S.C. businesses, including DUNS number, contact information, etc.

Encyclopedia of Consumer Brands – Research the history of 600 leading brand names.

Hoover’s Handbook series: 
Hoover’s Handbook of American BusinessHoover’s Handbook of Emerging CompaniesHoover’s Handbook of Private Companies and Hoover’s Handbook of World Business – Hoover’s in-depth profiles focus on the personalities, events and strategies that make each company an industry leader.

International Directory of Company Histories – Look up corporate histories prior to 2003.

South Carolina Business Directory – Locate S.C. businesses by city or line of business.  Entries include contact information and creditworthiness ratings.

South Carolina Manufacturer’s Register – Find S.C.-based manufacturers by product, city or SIC code.