Archive for the ‘business’ Category

ND: Business Licenses

February 23, 2009

Live in North Dakota and want to know if your local dry cleaners has a current business license? Check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Business Record Search – From the website, “This database reflects current information on record with the Secretary of State. It includes database records of all corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability limited partnerships, partnership fictitious names, trade names, trademarks, and real estate investment trusts. The database includes all active records and those records inactivated within the past twelve months and may be useful to assess Name Availability for new business registrations to be filed with the Secretary of State.”

The North Dakota page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Kathryn Thomas.


MT: Doing Business With the State

January 3, 2009

So, you’d like to sell clothes to the Montana state government. Where to start looking for a buyer? With today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Invitations for Bids and Request for Proposals – Database can be searched by type of solicitation (i.e. clothing, fuel, professional services), by agency or by browsing all opportunities. Records will have bid documents, any amendments and notes of meetings.

The Montana page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Jennie Burroughs.

ID: Trademarks

August 11, 2008

If you do business in Idaho, make sure that your trademark plays nice with other registered Idaho Trademarks with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Trademark Search – The Idaho Secretary of State Trademark Search database is searchable by by wordmark or keywords, business or last name, first name, filing number, and trademark status. It contains only trademarks and service marks registered with the State of Idaho; it does not contain information on federal, foreign or common law trademarks, nor trademarks registered with other states.

Here is a sample record:


Trademark Result

Filing Number: 16194
Mark Status: Active

Original Trademark Image
View original image and filing (PDF)


International Class Codes: 42 (COMPUTER, SCIENTIFIC & LEGAL)




Date of Registration

Registration Date:


Expiration Date:


First Use Date Anywhere:


First Use in Idaho Date:



ORIGINAL – 12/22/1998 (PDF) (TIFF)


The Idaho page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Christine Gray.

GA: Where’s the Gold?

August 4, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight tells where Georgia residents put their money:

Deposit Demographics – searchable by city or county. “The FDIC requires each federally insured deposit institution to submit a report detailing the deposit volume at each of its banking offices. These reports are required once a year as of June 30th. The information is usually released near the end of the following October. Therefore, all the deposits shown in the subsequent report are as of June 30th of the indicated years. Also, all deposits are displayed in thousands (000’s omitted).”

The Georgia page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rich Gause.

FL: Find a boxer. Or A harbor pilot.

July 13, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight will let you find many kinds of licensed professionals in Florida:

Licensee Search provides information about applicants and licensed individuals for those professions and businesses that are regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Accountancy, Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Appraisers, Architecture & Interior Design, Asbestos, Athlete Agents, Auctioneers, Barbers, Boxing, Building Code Administrators & Inspectors, Community Association Managers, Condominiums, Cooperatives, Timeshares & Multi-Site Timeshares, Construction, Cosmetology, Electrical Contractors, Elevator Safety, Employee Leasing Companies, Engineers, Farm Labor, Geologists, Harbor Pilots, Hotels & Restaurants, LSMHC Other Entities, Labor Organization, Land Sales, Landscape Architecture, Mobile Homes, Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Pari-Mutuel Wagering-Slots, Real Estate, Surveyors & Mappers, Talent Agents, Veterinary Medicine, Yacht & Ship.

The Florida page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rich Gause.

AK: Economic Development

June 17, 2008

If you’re looking to build or expand your business/organization in Alaska, today’s State Agency Database Highlight should help:

Alaska Economic Development Resource Guide – This database allows you to search for economic development assistance based on type of organization, type of aid being sought (grants, technical assistance, etc) and area of interest (credit unions, native crafts, historic preservation, etc). Results include program agency, program goals, resource provided, eligibility guidelines, funding status, comments and program contact information.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

RI: RI RED (Research and Economic Database)

June 9, 2008

Nicknamed after the infamous Rhode Island Red Chicken, the RI RED (Rhode Island Research and Economic Database) requires registration to access its entire search capabilities, but it’s worth it.

Once you register, you can research labor market information on salaries and economic data, analyze the labor market in areas that you maybe looking at locating your business, review the current economic climate for your industry, or review available jobs and apply online!

Whether you are an employer, labor market analyst, or scoping out the job market, this database will assist you in your information needs.

Subject Collections: Corporations

May 29, 2008

As our tag line proclaims, this blog features highlights from the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project of the Alaska Library Association Government Documents Roundtable State and Local Documents Task Force.

So far we have been highlighting individual databases from the fifty states and we will return to that in a while. For the next several posts, I’d like to highlight our subject focused collections of state agency databases.

It was one of our hopes when we started State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States that we would facilitate the discovery and compilations of subeject-oriented collections of state agency databases. Happily this has started to happen. While we know that we’re not the only game in town in building annotated subject lists of databases we think we are unique or at least unusual in allowing others to reuse our content under a Creative Commons Attribution license AND in providing the lists without advertising or individualized tracking of what you’re looking it.

With this introduction out of the way, let’s look at the first 50-State subject collection available from our Subject Focused Collections pages:

U.S. State Corporations Databases – Maintained by Ka-Neng Au of Rutgers University Libraries.

This is our one 50-State collection that not only wasn’t built on the ALA GODORT Wiki, but also predates State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States. Ka-Neng Au provided the link when news of our project reached this author of the 50-State Corporations page. While not annotated like our other subject pages, this guide does bring together all states with online corporations searches. The guide is part of a larger guide to researching company information that users will find helpful.

If you are aware of a previously compiled 50-state subject-oriented database guide that doesn’t appear on our list, please leave a comment. Thanks!

KS: Is that Psychologist Licensed?

April 27, 2008

Are you concerned about a behavioral health specialist not having a valid license? Has your son’s substance abuse counselor been subject to disciplinary action? If you live in Kansas, you can make sure that the mental health professional treating you or a loved one has a valid license. Just use today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

License Verification – Search the BSRB Database by name, license number and/or license type for licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, masters level psychologists, and marriage & family therapists, as well as registered alcohol and drug abuse counselors.

The Kansas page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Bill Sowers.

IL: Do Donations Make the Contract?

April 13, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is an effort at government transparency:

Open Book – From the website, “a searchable database of state contracts and campaign contributions. This website combines information from the Comptroller’s accounting system with official semi-annual campaign finance disclosure reports filed by political committees with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The data is presented in a format that allows users to enter the name or partial name of an entity that conducts business with the State of Illinois and compare that entity’s State contracts with political contributions it made.”

Do companies that make large political contributions get the most business? You decide.

The Illinois page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States has not yet been adopted by a volunteer. If you would like to maintain this page, please send an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net with your name and how you come about your knowledge of Illinois government information.