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Product Research
Whether you are an inspiring entrepreneur with a new invention, testing the right market for your company’s new product, investigating how saturated the consumer market is for an existing product or a sales rep looking for a product to sell, we can help!
The following print directories will help you ascertain what types of products are already out there or help find a distributor for that product. Most of these directories are available in the business reference section at Central Branch
Library Resources
  • Yellow Pages
  • Telephone directories listings products and services for most of the communities in Ontario and major Canadian cities.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Business Resources
  • A good starting point for product research.
  • Canadian Trade Index
  • Canadian products searchable by product and brand name. Also available on the Web at www.ctidirectory.com.
  • Encyclopedia of Corporate Names Worldwide
  • Origin and history of famous product names.
  • Ontario Business-to-Business Sales & Marketing Directory, 3 volumes
  • Products and services listed alphabetically by Ontario city and town.
Recommended Web Sites
  • Strategis (www.strategis.gc.ca)
  • Industry Canada’s Canadian Company Capabilities database gives a list of company names and information about their products.
  • MadeInChina.com (www.madeinchina.com)
  • Provides access to international trade for small and medium enterprises in China and an international trade platform to over 10 million manufacturers.
  • Global Sources (www.globalsources.com)
  • Over 1.18 million international buyers use this website to source product information more profitably from overseas supply markets.
  • News on Alibaba.com (news.alibaba.com)
  • A global e-commerce platform for small businesses making it easier for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online.
  • Canadian Trade Index (www.ctidirectory.com)
  • Canadian products searchable by product and brand name.
  • esourceCanada (www.esourcecanada.com)
  • A Canadian B2B online buyer’s guide where you can buy or sell your products or services. Free registration. Listings of over 6,000 product categories, 250,000 product listings and over 110,000 companies, also searchable by product or brand name.
  • Fraser's Canadian Trade Directory (www.frasers.com)
  • Listing of distributors and manufacturers of Canadian products. Free registration.
  • Macrae's Blue Book (www.frasers.com)
  • A searchable online directory of US and Canadian industrial suppliers with more than one million product listings.
  • Thomas Register (www.thomasregister.com)
  • American manufactured products. Searchable by trade or company name. Also accessed through the Adult CD-ROM workstation on the third floor of the Central Library.
  • Thomas Global Register (www.tgrnet.com)
  • Suppliers of industrial products from 28 countries by product category. Can limit by location. Free registration.
  • Europages (www.europages.com)
  • Over 500,000 companies in 30 European countries searchable by product and company name
*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.