How to Find New Business Listings

New businesses must register for a local business license.
New businesses must register for a local business license. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Finding new businesses is at the top of the "to do" list for every business involved in selling and marketing its products. It may sound like a tedious process, except for the fact that new businesses have a requirement that ties them together and makes them easy to locate -- they all must have a business license. Because each business is tied to an address within city parameters, business licenses are often the domain of city government. New business listings are considered public information.

Contact your city's business license department and inquire about viewing new business listings. Some cities may make their new business listings available online for free. Others may provide a computer terminal for viewing at the licensing office.

Check the local newspaper for new company listings. City and local newspapers usually print a weekly list of new businesses for the area. Call the local newspaper to find out what day they print the new listings.

Check local business publications for weekly listings of new businesses. Publications focused on local business development and economics often print a list of new businesses in the area. Ask whether they place the listings in an online format. Online formats make it easier to search and sort information.

Pay for listings. There are many listing companies that gather new business listings from cities across the U.S. and then charge others for searching their database. Purchasers can obtain listings from multiple cities and industries. Harris InfoSource and LexisNexis are just two such listing companies.

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