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BUS 461: Entrepreneurship: Company Information

Who are your competitors and what are their strengths and weaknesses?

Browsing the Company Profiles in Business Source Elite, Alphabetically:

1.   Click the Company Profiles link at the top of the screen. The Company Profiles List Screen appears with the beginning of the list displayed. You can use the Next | Previous and A - Z links to page through the Company Profiles List.

2.   Enter your search terms in the Browse field. You can enter all or part of a company name. (For example, you could enter GE, or General, or Gen.)

3.   Select a search type:

Alphabetical - Finds companies beginning with the letters you entered. Results are displayed in alphabetical order.

Browsing the Company Profiles by "Match Any Words"

  • Match Any Words - Finds companies with one or more of your terms in the company name. Results are displayed in order of relevance to your search terms.

Click Browse to view a Result List of companies that match your search terms. Use the Next | Previous links to page through the list of results. To print, e-mail or save several search results, open the detail view for each item and add to the folder.

Other Sources of Company Profiles:

It can be difficult to identify small, local businesses in standard company directories or databases. Think outside the box and try the following resources:

Canadian Trade Directories

International Trade Directories

Trade Associations

Trade associations often do their own market research for members.  Data may be made available on the association website.  Here are some examples:

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