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Company Information, Trends,
and Industry News
David E. Hubbard
University Libraries
November 23, 2010
Outline
• Why is this important?
• Company Information
• News
• Industry Trends
• Questions
Why is this important?
• Assists in matching your skills
and interests with the company
• Provides a good first impression...
Sources of Company Information
• Company Websites
• Business Directories
• News (trade magazines, business
newspapers, etc...
Company Information (con’t)
• Things you may want to know:
– Vision, Mission, and Values
– Products/Services
– Facts/Figur...
Company Websites
• “About Us”
• Annual Reports
– Often under “Investors” section
• News
– Let them do the work for you!
Ex...
Business Directories
• Provides some basic information
• Often allows searching by:
– Geographic
– Industry
– Size
• Provi...
Company News
• Company Websites – All Good News
• Business Directories
• Web (e.g., Google News, Industry Blogs…)
• Trade ...
Industry
• Business Source Compete
– Contains Datamonitor reports
• Kirk-Othmer and Ullmanns
– Process Chemistry and Indus...
Questions???
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  1. 1. Company Information, Trends, and Industry News David E. Hubbard University Libraries November 23, 2010
  2. 2. Outline • Why is this important? • Company Information • News • Industry Trends • Questions
  3. 3. Why is this important? • Assists in matching your skills and interests with the company • Provides a good first impression • Can make you standout in the crowd • Increases your confidence • Employers expect it!
  4. 4. Sources of Company Information • Company Websites • Business Directories • News (trade magazines, business newspapers, etc.) • Career Center Library (Koldus 209) • Personal/Network Contacts
  5. 5. Company Information (con’t) • Things you may want to know: – Vision, Mission, and Values – Products/Services – Facts/Figures – Customers, Competitors, and Markets – Corporate History – Latest News – Their Industries / Their Place
  6. 6. Company Websites • “About Us” • Annual Reports – Often under “Investors” section • News – Let them do the work for you! Ex: Solutia http://www.solutia.com/en/Default.aspx
  7. 7. Business Directories • Provides some basic information • Often allows searching by: – Geographic – Industry – Size • Provides some additional leads Ex: Hoover’s ReferenceUSA
  8. 8. Company News • Company Websites – All Good News • Business Directories • Web (e.g., Google News, Industry Blogs…) • Trade Magazines (C&EN, Chemical Week, ICIS Chemical Business, etc.) – Business Source Complete – ABI/Inform Global Complete The two business databases above will allow you to search those trade magazines for a company, as well as set-up search alerts.
  9. 9. Industry • Business Source Compete – Contains Datamonitor reports • Kirk-Othmer and Ullmanns – Process Chemistry and Industry Context • C&EN’s Facts & Figures (~ July Issue) – Various rankings and other metrics • Plunkett’s – More business/financially oriented
  10. 10. Questions???
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