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Due Diligence on a US Supplier

FAQ - How do I find background information about a US firm?

Question

We want to do business with some US companies based in the USA, but need more information about them as follows:

1) Is this a real company in the USA?

2) Is this a good company for us to enter into a relationship with?

3) Are the finances of this company OK?

4) Do you have any more information about the company?

Thanks for your assistance!

Answer

Here are convenient sources for you to use when looking for business-related information about companies in the USA.

1.  Dun & Bradstreet 

This should be your first step. Dun & Bradstreet has a very long history of providing credit, financial, and operations background information on companies. There is a fee for this information. Their Business Information Report on over 100 million companies worldwide provides information on the company overview, history and operations, payments, banking and finance, public filings. Click here for a Sample Business Information Report

You should consider registering your company on D&B so that your business partners will have confidence in doing business with you.

2.  Thomas Register

This is the most comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more. The information provided includes general business information, as well as technical product information.

3. Maps and Directions for Companies

www.mapquest.com/

www.maps.yahoo.com/maps

4.  Business Service Provider Directory -- Commercial Service Kuwait

There are legal service firms in Kuwait that can check with their branches or associates in the USA to provide you information.  There may be a fee for this service.  Click here to view some Legal Service Firms.

Good luck in developing your business and trade and investment between Kuwait and the United States.