Dun and Bradstreet is the biggest and major business credit reporting agency.
Dun and Bradstreet is commonly known as D&B and is a publically traded company with a headquarters in Short Hills New Jersey.
D&B provides information on businesses and corporations for use in credit decisions. Currently they hold over 200 million business records on file. D&B roots track back all the way to 1841 with the formation of the Mercantile Agency in New York. In 1933 the Mercantile Agency joined with R.G. Dun & Company and became known as Dun and Bradstreet.
In 1962 D&B created the DUNS number which is now the worldwide preferred method of identifying businesses and they offer many products and services to consumers and business. Some of these include risk management products such as the Business Information Report, Comprehensive Report and the DNBi platform. These provide current and historical business information primarily used for lenders and financial institutions to assist in making credit decisions.
D&B also offers sales and marketing products such as the DUNS Market Identifier database, Optimizer, and D&B Professional Contacts which provide sales and marketing professionals with business data for both prospecting and CRM activity.
Just as Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union are leaders in the consumer credit reporting arenas, Dun and Bradstreet is the leader in business credit data.