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Business Articles Online  •  Company Information  •  Local Business  •  Mortgages, Home Loans, Auto Insurance  •  News  •  Patents & Trademarks  •  Stocks & Investments  •  Taxes

Company Information

Business and Companies
From Gale - search by company or industry. Get company info, reports, and articles. Sonoma County Library card required for access from outside the library.

California Business Search
From the California Secretary of State. Information on California corporations and partnerships.

Type in a city and state to find information on companies there.

Annual Report Gallery
A compilation of annual reports available online, with 10K filing information too, and links to many other business research sources.

Hoovers Online
Search for company Information on over 40,000 companies, from the major business reference publisher.

contains the online version of The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. It is a great place to look for who produces what for industry. Search by Company name or product.

Business Phone Directories
From the directories page.

Business News

Bloomberg Financial News
Up to the minute headlines, markets, links to Bloomberg radio files, and downloadable features to stay current.

Cable News Network's Financial Network - Features late breaking financial and business news.

Yahoo's Business Summary
From Reuters News Service, Yahoo gives current business headlines, and links to other sources.


Mortgages, Home Loans, Auto Insurance

Avoiding foreclosure

Keep Your Home California
Mortgage assistance programs through the State of California

Homeowner Help
From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Making Home Affordable mortgage modification program
Federal programs to assist with mortgage modification and foreclosure prevention

Avoiding loan modification fraud

Advance fees for loan modifications are NOT legal in California
Guide and tips from the California Department of Corporations and Department of Real Estate

Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams and Foreclosure Rescue Scams
From the Federal agency that oversees banks

Prevent Loan Scams
How to avoid unscrupulous loan modification companies; Report A Scam; links to legal service agencies and law enforcement offices that handle complaints

List of companies and individuals served
Desist and Refrain Orders and Accusations related to loan modifications - from the California Department of Real Estate

List of consumer alerts about lenders
From the California Department of Corporations

General mortgage and loan information

Freddie Mac's tools to calculate tax savings on a mortgage, how much you can afford, how much you can borrow, what type of loan to seek.

California Low Cost Auto Insurance
Low income households can get discounts on car insurance through this government program.

California Mortgage and Housing Assistance
The list of HUD-approved agencies for homeowner and homebuyer services. Agencies offer services such as mortgage and foreclosure help, reverse mortgage counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and renters' assistance.

Fannie Mae
This website for the nation's largest source of home loans contains information on government programs to assist homebuyers.

Salary and cost of living calculators, "lifestyle optimizer" mortgage calculator, everything you apparently need for moving and buying a house.

What's My Home Worth?
Home value estimator from, the North Bay multiple listing service for real estate.

Homes for sale and recently sold.

Patents & Trademarks

Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office maintains this web site providing some patent searching and information about trademarks and Internet domain names.

Patents and Trademarks Data
Google and the Patent and Trademark Office cooperative project. Download images and text from over 20 years' worth of patent and trademark applications.

European Patent Register
Search the European Patent Office records.

Delphion Intellectual Property Network
Search granted US patents at no charge when you create a free account. Searching for pending and non-US patents requires a paid account.

Stocks & Investments

Sonoma County Library's Investment Page
An array of starting points for investment research and news.

Business Articles Online

Business and general articles and citations available from these sources. You need your Sonoma County Library card for access from home or office:

Business & Companies
Company financial information, industry reports, and articles from directories, analyst reports, and business magazines.

Magazine articles
Provides full text for periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, business, health, and more.

Newspaper articles (Proquest)
Provides selected full text articles from U.S. newspapers.