This page is includes resources that can help you find both competitors as well as potential customers. Many competitors and potential customers are privately held companies that may provide little or no financial information about themselves to the public but may be indexed by the resources listed below.
Many of these companies can be search using NAICS codes. NAICS codes allow users to search for company and industry information information based on a companies lines of business. Each company and/or industry will have codes that can be used to define lines of business. NAICS codes are published by the Department of Commerce and were last updated in 2017.
NAICS example: Definition of NAICS Code 541613: This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing operating advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations on marketing issues, such as developing marketing objectives and policies, sales forecasting, new product developing and pricing, licensing and franchise planning, and marketing planning and strategy.
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Here are two ways to find SIC and NAICS Codes:
Option 1. Search the official government SIC and NAICS manuals online to locate codes and industry descriptions.
Option 2. Locate a company profile for a company that operates within the industry you are researching. Company profiles typically include the company's SIC and NAICS codes. Many companies operate across a variety of industries (e.g. have multiple lines of business) and may have more than one code. A company's primary SIC/NAICS code is usually the first in the listing. These library databases provide company profiles: