Business & Non-Profits
- Securities and Exchange Commission.
A must for all business reporters, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Edgar database
is a repository for all documents filed at the SEC. Reporters can access 10Ks, 13Ds,
proxies and other vital corporate documentation dating back to 1993. Edgar Online, a commercial Web site,
allows users to search SEC documents by an individual's name, and also can display the
names of people involved with a particular company. To get the full documents, however,
you must either subscribe (for a fee) to Edgar Online or go back to the SEC's Edgar. Edgar
Online subscribers also can access today's filings (documents on SEC's free system are
available at least 24 hours after filing).
- SEC E-Mail Alerts.
10K Wizards is one of the companies that provide a free e-mail "news alert"
system, allowing reporters to receive e-mail when new SEC reports on a specific company
and/or industry have been filed.
- Corporation Profiles. Hoover's Inc. provides
thumbnail profiles of public and private companies, plus links to individual firms' press
releases, SEC data, home pages, competitors, citations in various press outlets and other
information. More detailed information is provided for a subscription fee.
- Corporation Records. The
Prospector provides links to secretary of states offices around the country.
- Property Records.
The University of Virginia provides links to the growing number of state, county and
municipal governments that provide property records online.
- Non-Profit Records. GuideStar provides
financial data from IRS 990 filings on 501(c)(3) organizations, searchable by name, town
or type of organization. More than 850,000 NPOs available. The Internet Nonprofit Center also provides some basic
IRS data on non-profits.
- Work Place Safety. The Occupational Safety
and Health Administration provides inspection reports and other work place safety data by
plant or location.
- Toxic Release Data. The Right-to-Know Network, a
non-profit organization, makes available the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic
Release Inventory, which enables reporters to pinpoint toxic emissions from specific
plants by type and quantity. Searchable by company or geographic location. RTK Net also
includes other environmental databases. The Environmental Defense Fund has a similar
- Washington Lobbyists. The
Center for Responsive Politics provides a searchable database of registered congressional
lobbyists. It is searchable by lobbyist, company or industry and provides annual
expenditures. The center also provides its categories for various special-interest groups.
- Political Contributors. FECInfo and the Center for Responsive Politics are non-profit
organizations that use Federal Election Commission data to allow users to track federal
campaign contributions from corporations, executives and political action committees. The National Institute on Money in
State Politics has available a database of state campaign finance records for selected
states, searchable by donor or special-interest group.
- Census Bureau Economic Data. The
Census Bureau provides a wide array of economic and business data, broken down by
industries and regions, including the 2002
Economic Census, annual
county business patterns, leading economic indicators and statistics on levels of
income, poverty and labor. The bureau's CenStats
site provides business patterns by county and zip code, monthly building permit data,
federal spending, census tract data and more. The Census Bureau also provides free e-mail alerts for upcoming
- Banking. The Federal Deposit Insurance
Corp. provides data on all FDIC-insured institutions, including total assets and deposits,
and aggregated data for states, counties and metropolitan areas
- Patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
has a searchable database with all U.S. patents since 1790.
- Trademarks. The International Trademark
Association's list of nearly 3,000 trademarks, for proper usage in copy.
- Newsletters & Directories. MediaFinder
offers searchable directories of newsletters and magazines on a wide array of industries.
Maryland-Specific Business Sites
- Maryland Business. The state
government's directory of companies and data on various industries.
- State Contractors.
The Maryland Secretary of State has a database of all companies that do more than $100,000
in business with the state.
- Charities. The
Secretary of State's searchable database of all charities active in the state.
- Corporate Charters.
Department of Assessments and Taxation database provides ownership and other documents on
corporations, partnerships and other business entities chartered with the state.
- Property Records. Ownership and
assessment information on all parcels in the state, searchable by address via Department
of Assessments and Taxation database.
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