Business Information Online

The Business on the Internet sites listed below have been selected by the Oakland Public Library to help guide your research. 

Business on the internet starting points

Local business information

State of California Business Information

Investments and Personal Finance

Small Business

Company Research

  • ReferenceUSA: Information on over 10 million US businesses. A good resource for compiling and downloading lists of businesses based on a variety of criteria. (An Oakland Public Library card is required to access this database outside the library.)
  • Hoover's Online: Lines of business, top competitors, financial data, and key personnel (An Oakland Public Library card is required to access this database outside the library.)
  • EDGAR: SEC filings and forms
  • Better Business Bureau: Check out a particular company's business practices

Non-Profit Organizations

  • The Nonprofit FAQ: Information for and about nonprofit organizations
  • Guidestar: Search for charities and nonprofits. Descriptions and basic financial information
  • Foundation Center: Foundation finder. View a foundation's IRS 990-PFs

International Business

Patent and Trademark Searching

Statistics

Business Law

Further Searching

  • Northern Light Research: Engine that searches the web, newspapers, newswires, and magazines. Offers specialized searching of industry-focused web pages and market research. Note: to access full-text of many publications, there may be a small fee.