Would that I had such a finely-honed sense of humor.
Simple truth is, I was just repeating what I knew about the strengths
and limits of the database in question.
Which...by the way...is the online version of the Dun & Bradstreet
International Million Dollar Directory. You can find its front page
As you can see, they have a domestic version of the database for the
US, and an international version, which lists a good deal of
information for companies with annual sales of a million dollars or
What kind of information? You can see a sample of it here:
for a company in San Francisco.
The information can be sorted and listed according to a host of
variables...it would be no problem to select German companies in
particular manufacturing sectors with sales of $5 million or more.
The international information is similar, but not identical to the US
example above. D&B's own description of the international info is
also on the main page:
"D&B's International Million Dollar Database (IMDDI) is the answer for
those research professionals who require information on over 1,600,000
international companies. Find SIC, total employees, legal status,
annual US sales dollar equivalent, and more, plus identify up to four
(4) executives on the world's largest entities. Search, lookup, report
and download this information with just a few mouse clicks."
That's where I got the "four executive limit" info from.
By the way, a salesperson at D&B tells me that the main difference
between the US and International data is that the latter does not
include bios of the executives...only the name and title.
You should note, as well, that at the middle of the page, left hand
side, is the "Free Trial" text to click on. The saleslady wouldn't
tell me a lot of detail about this without my promising her my first
born son (who I'm sometimes tempted to offer up for adoption anyway),
but this being Halloween -- and he being the bringer of the much candy
-- I declined her offer. But you might very well want to take
advantage of it yourself, if it allows you to access the information
A final tidbit...I've seen the Million Dollar Directory in print
version in many libraries. And more and more libraries are carrying
it on-line as well, and offering access to their patrons. A good city
or university library may well be able to provide you no-cost access
to the information you're looking for. Might want to make the library
your first stop.
I hope this serves your needs. But if anything here is unclear...or
if D&B just doesn't do it for you...let me know and I'll be happy to
work on this further for you.
search strategy: None. Made use of existing bookmarks.
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