Saturday, January 1, 2011

E-Resource of the Month: Business & Company Resource Center

The power to answer all types of business queries is at your fingertips with Business & Company Resource Center, where you'll have access to a wide variety of global business information including competitive intelligence, career and investment opportunities, business rankings, company histories and much more.

Let's say you're looking for privately-held companies in Richmond, VA, with annual revenues greater than $150,000 and less than $15,000,000.

  1. Open Business & Company Resource Center and go into the "Advanced search" page.
  2. Click on "Company Profiles/Products"
  3. Enter "Richmond" as the city name in the first box.
  4. Enter "VA" as the "State/Country" in the second box.
  5. Enter ">150000 and <15000000">
  6. Click on the "Search" button and more than 1,200 company profiles matching the above criteria are retrieved.
Or let's say I'm looking for a job in computer systems and design in the Virginia area, but not sure what companies are located here.
  1. Open Business & Company Resource Center and go into the "Company search" page
  2. Enter "7373" in the Industry Code/Description box, with SIC Code selected
  3. Enter "VA" in the State/Country box
  4. Click on the "Search" button and 208 companies are listed. You can select a company to view it's profile and any related information.
As you can see, this database is a powerful tool to help you acquire the information you need for your business (and job) research.

For Business & Company Resource Center search tips, please speak with a reference librarian or check this handy tip sheet from Gale/Cengage Learning. If you can't make it to your local library to use this resource, Fauquier County Public Library card holders can access the database from home, 24/7 via the library website. Under Find Information, click on Search for Articles and More. See the Business Information section and select Business & Company Resource Center.

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