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Q: Company records for company in Windsor, California USA ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Company records for company in Windsor, California USA
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: amaryllisbelladonna-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 29 May 2006 07:10 PDT
Expires: 28 Jun 2006 07:10 PDT
Question ID: 733326
I want to place a large order with a company in Windsor, California.
In this country (the UK) companies house hold company records so I can
see the companies I deal with are of good financial standing. I
imagine similar records must be kept in the USA but don't know where
to find them - I want to know who owns the company and its latest
financial statements, profit and loss account and balance sheet if
possible and I need to know when these were submitted. The company's
web site is
Subject: Re: Company records for company in Windsor, California USA
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 29 May 2006 09:48 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

Hello from the west side of the Atlantic.

In the US, businesses generally register with state governments in
order to incorporate.  However, only public businesses (e.g. those
traded in the stock market) are required to make public their annual
financial statements.

Nonetheless, there are numerous sources of information that can, in
combination, provide an overview of how reliable or well-established a
business is.

From all appearances, is a respectable web-based
business.  There is one smallish red-flag, though, which I would urge
you to check into with the company before going forward with your

As a first stop, I checked the whois record for the site:
Whois Record for

Some of the information from the record is excerpted below.  But two
salient points are:

--The site was created in 1997, and doesn't expire to 2009.  This is a
good sign, as it means the site has been around for a while, and
intends to be around a while longer.  Scam fly-by-night sites often
register for the shortest time available.

--The site is registered by a business, Peggy Lutz Plus, Inc.  This is
the registered name of the company you are interested in doing
business with.


Created: 1997-01-16 
Expires: 2009-01-17 

Peggy Lutz Plus, Inc. 
  6784 Depot Street 
  Sebastapol, CA 95472 

Administrative Contact: 
   Lutz, Margaret            
   Plus Size Designer Outlet 
   7650 Bell Road 
   Windsor, CA 95492 
   (707) 824-1634 fax: (707) 823-4412 

Domain Name: PLUS-SIZE.COM 


Next, I checked with the California Secretary of State, to see if the
business is registered in the state:
...This search can be used to determine if an entity is currently
registered with the Secretary of State

The results (below) show that Peggy Lutz Plus, Inc is indeed a
registered business in California.  Registration dates back to 1997,
and prior to that, operated under a different name -- Peggy Lutz
Design -- since 1989.

Results of search for " peggy lutz "

C1999322  1/2/1997  active  PEGGY LUTZ PLUS, INC.  

Number: C1999322  Date Filed: 1/2/1997  Status: active  
Jurisdiction: California 
7650 BELL RD 
WINDSOR, CA 95442  
Agent for Service of Process 

You can order more detailed records on the company from the State of
California by following the procedures below (though, in my
experience, the records provide rather limited insight):
...the following table identifies the type of corporate information
available by ordering a Status Report or a copy of the last complete
Statement of Information on file.


Peggy Lutz Inc, and the site, have a web presence which
is basically positive.  A Google search for mention of the company or
on sites *other than*


did not turn up any negative comments, and did uncover some fairly
positive mentions in the press and other sites:
Web offers clothes encounters for petite plus-size gals
Chicago Sun-Times,  Jan 23, 2000
...Peggy Lutz Plus - essential clothes for large to supersize
professional women and party girls. 707-824-1634;
Editor's Choice
...Peggy Lutz Plus create fashions exclusively for plus size women.
Whilst Peggy Lutz Plus specialize in forma and evening wear, they have
a beautiful selection of bridal garments which you cannot miss. The
designs are lovely, the fabric is a dream and the sizes are extensive.


I did mention a small red-flag.  The site has an unsatisfactory rating
from the Better Business Bureau:
Peggy Lutz 
7650 Bell Road 
Vallejo, CA  94592 
Telephone: (707) 837-1897 

BBB Membership: This company is not a member 

Based on BBB files, this company has an unsatisfactory record with the
Bureau due to an unanswered complaint.

Contract  Issues - Claim of alleged failure to honor contract or
agreement, work performed without authorization, or invalid contract.
Resolved - The company resolved the complaint issues.  

Product  Issues - Claim alleging a product does not meet the
expectations of the complainant, including defective merchandise.
No Response--Company failed to respond to the BBB or to the consumer
to resolve the issues.

Note, however, that the rating is based on only a single unresolved
complaint, out of a total of only two complaints on file at BBB.  This
does not strike me as excessive (or even that unusual), especially for
a business that's been around for a fair number of years.  Still, you
may want to ask the company directly about the reason for their BBB

Lastly, a variety of credit reports are commercially available on
Peggy Lutz Plus Inc from Dun and Bradstreet:

Reports range in price from $9.99 to over $100, depending on the level
of detail desired.  You can see sample reports at the D&B site.

I trust this is the information you need.  However if there's anything
else I can do for you, just let me know by posting a Request for

All the best,


Request for Answer Clarification by amaryllisbelladonna-ga on 29 May 2006 11:24 PDT
I'm very grateful for the information you gave me and delighted it is
positive. Apologies for the vague nature of this request - is there
any way that you know of to estimate the value of the business/whether
it has assetts? If need be I am happy to submit this as a new

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 29 May 2006 11:58 PDT
Thanks for the feedback.

I have access to a database called ReferenceUSA, which has credit-type
information for many US businesses.

Their listing for Peggy Lutz Plus puts the annual sales of the company
at "less than $500,000", and provides a Credit Rating of "Very Good".

Beyond that, I do not have access to any additional information on the
company, and I would think that -- for more detailed information --
the next best step would probably be to purchase one of the Dun &
Bradstreet reports.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you on this.

amaryllisbelladonna-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
A great answer - the only reason it does not have 5 stars is that it
is my first google question and at the moment I am saving 5 stars for
the future, which may be very unfair of me.

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