Private Eyes

Digging For Dirt

Want to research a company before extending a line of credit? Get the skinny on your competition? Or simply check references? Then point your browser to

This site for American Business Credit, a division of American Business Information Inc., a business analysis firm in Omaha, Nebraska, provides current information on nearly 11 million U.S. businesses. From the home page, click on "Business Profiles and Credit Ratings," enter the company name, city and state, and you'll get a brief description of the company's credit rating, free of charge. Or for a complete profile, registered users pay $3. Reports contain data such as owner name, number of employees, estimated annual sales and credit rating score.

With companies charging up to $30 per report for such information, this site is a bargain. You aren't limited in the number of searches, nor must you sign up for a set time period, making it a good way to access quality credit information.

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