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Business and Marketing resources at SFC Library

How to Research a Company

Brand Information

Global Brand Database
Search brand information (trademarks, appellations of origin and official emblems) from multiple national and international sources, including marks registered through WIPO’s Madrid System.

Company Misconduct

Violation Tracker
Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. It covers banking, consumer protection, false claims, environmental, wage & hour, unfair labor practice, health, safety, employment discrimination, price-fixing, bribery and other cases initiated by 43 federal regulatory agencies and the Justice Department since 2000; in all, 300,000 cases with total penalties of more than $394 billion. Other types of violations will be added later. Violation Tracker is produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.

Guide to using Violation Tracker

Company Directories/Company Financial

EDGAR Database of Corporate Information 
Official Securities and Exchange Commission website. Financial filings from public companies. 

Kompass - International Directories
Worldwide search by company name or product. Basic directory information on 1.6 million companies is free; enhanced reports can be bought. 

Manta.com
Online directory of 60 million small businesses. 

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers Online
Searching is by company or product. Directory information plus links to online catalogs are supplied. More than 72,000 product headings and over 170,000 companies listed. 

Researching nonprofits

990 Finder  
The Foundation Center's 990 finder allows you to search for an organization's IRS return.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance  
The charity reviewing component of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) it grades charities based on their spending and accountability, and accepts and mediates consumer complaints.

Charity Navigator  
Evaluates charities in order to foster "intelligent giving."

Chronicle of Philanthropy  
This biweekly newspaper has special reports and facts and figures on giving.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York gives your nonprofit a voice by giving it tools and information to evaluate and improve all aspects of their performance and fulfill their missions..

How America Gives (interactive map)
Explore American charitable giving throughout the country using this interactive tool. With it, you can see giving by state, major metropolitan area, county, and ZIP code in 2012, including breakdowns by income bracket.