I apologize in advance if this a dumb question.
I am doing some research of 4 specific areas in St. Louis, specifically Florissant, Spanish Lake, Black Jack and Hazelwood. Spanish Lake and Black Jack are considered an unincorporated part of St. Louis- they do not have their own P.O. box and so those two will sometimes these two areas will show zipcodes from Florissant or St. Louis proper.
I've done quite a bit of research from the Census tables and usually find what I need, as my previous research has always been statistical in nature, i.e. population, demographics, workforce, household data, etc.
My question is this. Is it possible to get a list of the actual businesses, their addresses and any other publicly available information from the Census tables? Or, is there another DB whether free or subscription based that would be better for getting this information?
Thank you in advance for your help!
Trying to identify businesses out of the Census data is an illegal use of the data.
The business data with contact info is available from Dunn & Bradstreet; this is the most common data frame used in the third-party establishment surveys.
Ok. I'm not trying to do anything illegal. That's why I asked what other options are available to gather this information. I will check out Dunn & Bradstreet. Are there any other subscription services you are aware of? I'm thinking D&B might be a bit pricey.
Thank you for your help!
i believe what you're looking for is called DBA (Doing Business As) data held usually by counties -- anyone doing business under a name must register and get a license from the county. Generally it includes type of business and contact person IIRC
Looks like it's the City of St. Louis that performs that function so this might be the place to request that data https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/license/business-license-search.cfm
Thank you Tim. Looks like they require you to have to know the name of the business, but I am going to call them and see if there is another tool available to pull listings for specific areas. Thank you again!