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When doing business research, it is useful to obtain the NAICS codes and SIC codes.
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System): This "is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy."
SIC (Standard Industrial Classification): The industry classification system in which all Federal economic statistics were based on up to 1996. The NAICS system replaced this in 1997.
The links below will help you find the codes for specific types of industries. You can also find NAICS and SIC codes by looking at the industry information for a company in a database like Mergent Intellect.
It is important to know these codes in order to retrieve statistical information produced by the Census as well as search certain databases by these codes. For instance you can use it to find industry overviews in databases like First Research and IBISWorld, and identify companies in an industry with a database like ReferenceUSA or Mergent Intellect.
NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System, a standard implemented in 1997 for classifying industry, product, and establishment. Use this site to find your industry NAICS code. Click on the relevant code to read its description and to ensure that you have the right code.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is an industry classification system in which all Federal economic statistics are based on up to 1996. Use this site to do a keyword search to find an SIC code for an industry.
Using NAICS Codes
You can use NAICS and SIC codes to find Industry reports from IBISWorld and First Research.
Use the NAICS and SIC codes in Mergent Intellect or ReferenceUSA to build a list of competitors from a zip code to U.S. city to country level.
In addition, you can search by keyword in IBISWorld and FirstResearch, and by company in Mergent Intellect and ReferenceUSA to obtain a NAICS or SIC code.
Provides industry profiles within the wide range of industries that fall under Construction and Real Estate; Public Services, Education, Recreation; Retail, Food and Agriculture; Services; Manufacturing; Technology and Communications; Transportation, Energy, Storage; and Wholesale. Note: Subscription allows five simultaneous users.
A directory of about 44 million U.S. private and public companies. Provides addresses, contact names, estimates sales and employee figures. Users can search by SIC, yellow page heading, state, city, and down to the zip code level.