If I want to find small businesses about to launch, or just launched online, where do I search?

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I'm looking to contact new businesses that are either in the planning stage or newly launched. I don't mind if it's advertised on facebook, a new website, or new local business, I just want some tips on how to actually search for them in a mass-scale. Any info/tips would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author redone111
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    I used to go to my County Clerk's office every week and glean their fictitious name registrations. Now, they publish it online, daily. Not big numbers, but I would only work with local businesses.

    There are professional list brokers that can supply you with this data on a regular basis, covering areas large or small, but generally the information is 60 to 90 days old by the time they get it to you.

    My way, you can call a business the same day they register. Talk about blowing their mind. Them wanting to know how you knew about their plans to open a business is a great conversation starter.

    Cheers.
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    • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      I used to go to my County Clerk's office every week and glean their fictitious name registrations. Now, they publish it online, daily. Not big numbers, but I would only work with local businesses.

      There are professional list brokers that can supply you with this data on a regular basis, covering areas large or small, but generally the information is 60 to 90 days old by the time they get it to you.

      My way, you can call a business the same day they register. Talk about blowing their mind. Them wanting to know how you knew about their plans to open a business is a great conversation starter.

      Cheers.
      That's a great idea. Now I'm wondering if there is a way to easily find businesses online the day they register. Then again, I guess there's a lot of people that would like that information.
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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by LifeDrawnBadly View Post

        That's a great idea. Now I'm wondering if there is a way to easily find businesses online the day they register.
        Call the licensing authority in the municipality in question and inquire. Many have moved online. If my backwater burg is doing it, I'm guessing most are.

        Then again, I guess there's a lot of people that would like that information.
        Yep. Computer guys, insurance agents, web developers, bookkeeping services, printers, office furniture, cleaning services, office machine companies and the list goes on.

        Get there first and then sell the leads. I've done that. It's found money.

        Good luck.
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        • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
          Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

          Call the licensing authority in the municipality in question and inquire. Many have moved online. If my backwater burg is doing it, I'm guessing most are.



          Yep. Computer guys, insurance agents, web developers, bookkeeping services, printers, office furniture, cleaning services, office machine companies and the list goes on.

          Get there first and then sell the leads. I've done that. It's found money.

          Good luck.
          Thanks!

          Just to clarify: If I were to find a list of fictitious business names, I assume it would display the business name, filing date, and perhaps the name of the registrant. So in order to find contact info on the individual, I would just google hoping I find the right person on facebook or something?
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          • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
            Originally Posted by LifeDrawnBadly View Post

            Thanks!

            Just to clarify: If I were to find a list of fictitious business names, I assume it would display the business name, filing date, and perhaps the name of the registrant. So in order to find contact info on the individual, I would just google hoping I find the right person on facebook or something?
            Ours list the business name, type of business, business owner, home address, proposed business address if available at the time of filing, home phone number, business phone number - and I think that's it.

            Every municipality is different, but since this info is being collected for many reasons, one being to locate the principal in case of a legal issue, it's quite complete. That's what I'm saying. If you can do this on line, theoretically you could be contacting someone ten minutes after they register their business. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    I've never tested this to see if it works . . .


    You might try setting up Google Alerts to notify you of new businesses online (by using keywords like "new business", "business launch", "grand opening", "open for business", "ribbon cutting", etc.). I'm sure you can think of other relevant triggers . . .


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    • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      I've never tested this to see if it works . . .


      You might try setting up Google Alerts to notify you of new businesses online (by using keywords like "new business", "business launch", "grand opening", "open for business", "ribbon cutting", etc.). I'm sure you can think of other relevant triggers . . .


      Steve
      That's a great tip. Thanks.

      I really wish facebook would have a search mechanism to allow you to find brand new pages, as many businesses start a fb page.
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  • You can buy those lists off sites like infoUSA.

    When you register a business the state sells your info and then you get a bunch of offers and ads.

    Every time I've registered a new business, two weeks later I'm getting calls and postcards for web design, merchant processing, and a number of other things.

    It must work otherwise people would not do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
      Originally Posted by GrowthHackerChong View Post

      You can buy those lists off sites like infoUSA.

      When you register a business the state sells your info and then you get a bunch of offers and ads.

      Every time I've registered a new business, two weeks later I'm getting calls and postcards for web design, merchant processing, and a number of other things.

      It must work otherwise people would not do it.
      Great point, thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by LifeDrawnBadly View Post

        Great point, thanks.
        Just remember, as I explained, earlier in the thread. These will be months old by the time you get them.
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        • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
          Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

          Just remember, as I explained, earlier in the thread. These will be months old by the time you get them.
          True... Do these lists ever include an email address of the registrant?
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          • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
            Originally Posted by LifeDrawnBadly View Post

            True... Do these lists ever include an email address of the registrant?
            This is not a piece of information that is generally collected for a business license application, in my experience. This could be different in each municipality.
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