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Finding Information about Businesses

Learn more about types of business and how to find information about them.

Find information on private companies


  • Colorful image of a row of businesses in downtown Scappoose backed by a bright blue sky.Secretary of State Corporations Division Business Names Search
    • Note: can also search by owner or corporate officer name
  • State Library of Oregon subscription database: Reference Solutions (U.S. Businesses)
    • Useful for addresses, contacts, web address, corporate linkages (parent/child company relationships), local branches, nearby competitors.
    • Use advanced search to search by business type and business characteristics (# of employees, estimated revenue, personal names)
    • Use U.S. Historical Businesses for businesses that have closed
    • Note: revenue amounts, number of employees provided are only estimates

News Sources

To find stories about businesses

  • State Library of Oregon subscription databases:
    • America’s News
      • full-text of more that 2,000 U.S. news sources and more than 90 local Oregon newspapers including The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
    • US Newsstream
    • full-text of newspapers including Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), New York Times and the Wall Street Journal
    • Business Source Premier
    • indexing and full-text of business magazines, trade publications - tutorial video
    • Gale OneFile: Business
    • indexing and full text of business magazines, trade publications
  • Google News

Oregon Regulatory Database Examples 

To find information businesses are required to provide by law

Image: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives