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Bureau van Dijk’s Mint

You’ve probably never heard of Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (BvDEP), a would-be Dun & Bradstreet based in Holland. But their is worth knowing about.

If you need to do some quick research on chemical companies in Cambodia, financial firms in Finland, or the insurance industry in India — and if you want this all for free — then BvDEP’s Mint Database is the place to turn.

It’s pretty self-explanatory. Select a country or region of the world (or even a grouping like the G8, OECD, or European Union) from the pull-down menu, pick an industry sector — metals, machinery, construction, hotels, etc — and…click!…there’s your list.

Of course, Bureau van Dijk ultimately wants to sell you something, and for more detailed company information and country rankings, you’ll have to subscribe to their services, which are pretty extensive. But before doing so, you may want to check out BvDEP’s free trial offer for their full Mint database.

All in all, this is a powerful, easy-to-use, and deep database of companies and industries around the world, and the free access makes BvDEP Mint an easy choice for the #4 spot in
XooxleAnswers’ list of Top Ten Business Research Tools for 2012.

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