How to Find a Business by a SIC Code

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How to Find a Business by a SIC Code
Use SIC codes to find business' names. (magnifying glass, image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com)

Individuals in search of a business' name and information can utilise SIC codes. SIC stands for the Standard Industry Classification. It was replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) system in 1997. SIC codes help entrepreneurs, job seekers and other professionals gather industry information, such as what the business does and which consumers it serves. SIC codes are research tools that provide descriptive information about a business, including quarterly reports and other statistical information.

Skill level:
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  • Business industry
  • Business location

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Instructions

    Using SIC Codes

  1. 1

    Identify the business' name and industry. Industry classifications can be helpful when using SIC codes to find businesses. Some examples of industry classifications are retail, education and health care. Also, determine which country and state the business is located in.

    How to Find a Business by a SIC Code
    You need the industry name before you begin your search. (name 3d sign image by onlinebewerbung.de from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Go to the Department of Labor (DOL) website and type SIC in the "Search" tab. Click on the SIC link.

    How to Find a Business by a SIC Code
    Job seekers can use SIC codes. (job image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Type the name of the industry in the keyword search box. Identify and click on the industry group that reflects the business you are searching for. Write down the SIC number.

    How to Find a Business by a SIC Code
    Take your time when conducting research. (time image by peter Hires Images from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Go to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website. At the "Company Look-up" section, input the SIC number, state and country the business is located in.

    How to Find a Business by a SIC Code
    Identify which city and state the business is in. (Washington state image by Dawngo from Fotolia.com)

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