If you would like to see some instructions on making a list of companies in an industry, in a geographic region, or using other characteristics, this video will give you step by step instructions on finding and then downloading the list into an excel spreadsheet for later use.
Here is the link - Making a Company List.
In this example I did a search for Tesla - the maker of electric cars. Finding a company of interest helps me find other research since I can see how Tesla is doing in the market by clicking on the links that are on the left hand side of the page. Under companies with similar revenue you can see that Ford, Toyota and Mitsubishi are competitors. You can click on those links to locate data about those companies. And finally, if you look under the Industries you can see that Tesla is in the Automobile Industry. Use that link to find other data on the industry.
ReferenceUSA is a searchable database of the companies in the US. This source includes small single owner companies, subsidiaries that are a part of a larger company, manufacturing company warehouses or even factories. You will find headquarters of companies but will also find churches, schools, community centers, baseball teams and so on. Each record includes lots of data about that company or business and because of that you can limit by size, type of company and location.
In the past we have used this source to:
For an example, here is the link to the company record for Tesla.
Clicking on the name provides more data about the company.
In another example, here is the company record for the NFL - there is a record just like this for all of the 50 million companies in this source.