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Company Research
Whether you are seeking information on a particular company for a job interview, investment opportunity, sales meeting or competitive intelligence, we can help!
You may need basic contact information for a specific company or more detailed business information. The Central Library has all types of company information in print business directories, access to electronic databases and recommended Web sites to get you started with your research.
Company Directories
Most directories allow you to search by specific company name, line of business or location and are updated annually. The directories list such business information as address, telephone/fax number, website, SIC or NAICS code (line of business) or products and services, sales, year of establishment and number of employees. These directories are housed in the business reference section at the Central branch. A partial listing of popular print business directories is as follows:
  • Scotts Directories: Ontario Business Directory, 3 volumes
  • Scotts Directories: Ontario Manufacturers Directory
  • Canadian Key Business Directory
  • Dun & Bradstreet’s Regional Directory, 4 volumes
  • Dun & Bradstreet’s National Services Directory
  • Financial Services Canada
  • Blue Book of Canadian Business
  • Contact Toronto
Business Rankings
Companies can be measured by composite rankings of variables such as sales, assets, profits, market value, number of employees and ownership. By comparing the current and previous years of these rankings, you can quickly ascertain if the company is growing or floundering, laying-off or hiring employees. The following titles represent annual special business issues that rank Canadian companies. They are shelved in the business reference area.
  • Backbone: The Branham 300
    Canada’s top 300 hi-tech companies
  • The Globe & Mail: ROB 1000
    Canada’s top 1,000 companies by profit and 100 biggest private companies
  • National Post: FP 500
    Canada’s 500 largest corporations
  • Canadian Business: Investor 500
    Canada’s top performing companies
  • Profit: Profit 100
    Canada’s fastest growing companies
  • Dun & Bradstreet’s Regional Directory, 4 volumes
    Businesses ranked by sales and employee size
  • Contact Toronto
    Largest companies in the GTA ranked by employee size
Business Ratios
  • Financial Performance Indicators for Canadian Business, CD-ROM
    Key financial ratios by industry derived from Statistic Canada’s database of financial statements. Comparison ratios for small, medium and large incorporated. Accessed through the Adult CD-ROM workstation on the third floor of the Central Library.
  • Ratio Calculators from the Business Development Bank of Canada
    Calculators to evaluate the performance of your business and identify potential problems.
Electronic Resources
Did you know that your Richmond Hill Library card gives you remote access to full text magazine databases? If you can’t come in to the library to do your company research or you have a last minute interview tomorrow morning and the library is closed you may be able to find information on your company through these databases – your library card is the key to 24/7 service! Check out these electronic databases for business.
  • Business Collection
    A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news, the public library patron making personal investment decisions, or the high school student looking to major in business administration, Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily. Complementing these titles is a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications, all available on the state-of-the-art InfoTrac platform.
  • Business Economics and Theory Collection
    Business Economics & Theory Collection offers instant access to full-text academic journals and magazines—with a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. Powered by InfoTrac, it includes more than 1,800 titles. Content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.
  • CBCA Complete
    Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete provides fulltext access to over 150 general interest periodicals. There also is indexing for over 600 periodicals and eight daily newspapers.
  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection
    Nursing and Allied Health Collection provides access to academic journals and other reference content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
    Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports. The database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.
  • Professional Collection
    Professional Collection provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics as diverse as 21st century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, home schooling and more. Updated daily, this library resource is useful for researchers or any professional educator interested in professional development.
  • Reference Canada
    Find accurate phone-verified information on every company in Canada in this database of 1.5 million businesses. Additionally our files are processed monthly against the National Change of Address Program.
  • Small Business Collection
    Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, Small Business Collection is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Users find more than 500 subject-appropriate, active, full-text periodicals, including: Beverage Industry, Black Enterprise, Economist, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, HR Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, Restaurant Business, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, and more.
  • Vocations and Careers Collection
    Vocations and Careers Collection provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. The database offers hundreds of current and applicable periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
Business Portals
Annual Reports
  • Sedar (www.sedar.com)
    Disclosure documents of public companies and investment funds across Canada.
  • Edgar (www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml)
    Disclosure documents of public companies across USA.
  • Carol (www.carol.co.uk)
    Links to financial pages of listed Companies in Europe and USA.
*Information provided by the Business Services Web page does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by the Richmond Hill Public Library. Please read the Library’s Disclaimer and Copyright Notice regarding linked sites. If you notice a broken link or wish to suggest a useful Web site, please contact the Business Librarian at 905.884.9288 x304 or e-mail jgirot@rhpl.ca.