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Doing due diligence Featured

9:34am EDT July 22, 2002

Life is full of risks, and the business life is no exception. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate those risks.

If you look hard enough, you'll find a number of good sources of information, some available for a fee, that can provide valuable insight into a company's stability, creditworthiness, legal exposure and a wide variety of other helpful data.

The EDGAR database, available at www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm, is maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and contains volumes of information about public companies. Access to the information is free.

Dun & Bradstreet (www.dnb.com) offers reports and research services that can help business owners limit their risk. Cost is $23 to $105 for business credit reports, depending on the detail provided.

Primark (www.primark.com) provides financial information on U.S. and international companies, including extensive SEC filings.

Ray Marano