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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
    Business Collection provides 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 business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.
  • Business Economics and Theory Collection
    With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides periodicals focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, with more than 450 full-text journals to support their research and regular feeds of videos from Forbes.com that contain business news coverage and interviews with CEO's.
  • 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
    Offers researchers looking for answers to nursing or allied health questions millions of articles found in over 1,100 journals. Provides full-text coverage of many of the titles cited in CINAHL.
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
    A customized selection of journals selected on Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine with 500,821 articles updated regularly.
  • Professional Collection
    Provides access to academic journals and other reference content for educators. The database offers balanced coverage for any professional educator or user 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.
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.