01. Basic Information

1.1  Location of headquarters (address, phone, fax)?
1.2 URL of company web page?

Information on products and services for privately held firms in Canada may be found at Canada’s Business Registries. You can  also search for a federally registered corporation at Corporations Canada on the Industry Canada website.

The Canadas Business Registries is a joint venture of all the provincial-territorial-federal governments, and nicely centralizes the basic information on companies.

The Canadian section of  Search Systems links to corporate registration information at the provincial level in the “corporations and business” tab.  The level of information available and whether there is a fee involved varies by Province. You may also want to explore other types of public information that is available.

Open Corporates also provides access to public records on privately held firms worldwide.

You should also consult the company web site and Hoover’s where you can buy more detailed information.

Spend some time and get to know the company web site. Typically, the information you are looking for is in the “Investors Section”, but become familiar with what information is available in all sections of their web site.

The Dunn and Bradstreet Report on your firm may contain additional information. You will need to purchase it from D&B.

Carleton Resources (for Carleton students only)

An excellent site for gathering basic information is Business Source Complete (you will need to select Business Source Complete from the list). Basic information is available on “company information” tab or look under “company profiles” for the more extensive Datamonitor report.

Mergent Online is an excellent resource for a wide variety of corporate information.