Is There a Published List of Small Businesses?


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Lists of all businesses are published on a state-by-state basis. These records are public, but do not differentiate between small and large businesses. The federal Small Business Administration maintains direct links to each state's business administration, where state-specific information is available.

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New York and California are two examples of states that maintain online databases of business records. In New York, users search by business name only, and results are restricted to active businesses. California provides an additional option to search by entity number. When searching by name in California, users must already know whether the business is a corporation, a limited liability company or a partnership.

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