NW Research Blog


Monday, March 30th, 2009

I had the great pleasure of teaching at the 2009 APRA Missouri/Kansas Chapter Conference last week. Here is my Beginning Prospect Research training powerpoint. Enjoy!

Presenting on Prospect Research Basics and Peer Screening

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m Presenting on Prospect Research Basics and Peer Screening at the APRA-MO/KAN Chapter Conference on March 26th and March 27th. If you are in the area, there is still time to sign up and join us.


I Hope to see you there.

Great Article About the "Deep Web" in the New York Times

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Here is a terrific article about the deep web. I have always heard that Google only reaches 35% of the web. It is great that some of the newer search engines, like Kosmix and DeepPeep are addressing some of Google’s deficiencies.

DeepPeep looks especially promising, since so much biographic information is behind search boxes. At this point, DeepPeep is limited to a few topics, but I’m looking forward to its expansion.

Multnomah County Library now has National Newspapers

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The Multnomah County Library has now subscribed to a Newsbank Online Portal that includes a variety of national papers and news sources. You can see the complete source list here

Northwest Research Returns!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Just a quick note to to let new, old, and future clients know that I have returned to consulting full time and am actively looking for new projects. My contact information can be found in the “about me” section of this blog.

Funding Universe Company Histories

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Funding Universe Company Histories

has thousands of company histories and a handy search feature. Funding Universe appears essentially to be a tool for VC and angel inventors, but could be very useful for our prospect research purposes.

Blank Peer Screening Tool

Monday, August 18th, 2008


A copy of my peer screening excel spreadsheet can be found here

I’ll write more about peer screening soon.


Monday, August 11th, 2008

I found this amazing free tool, that I don’t think has been mentioned previously


It will give you zip codes for an entire Metropolitan Statistical Area at once! As well as getting the MSA for a particular zip code. It will also give you the MSAs for an entire state. This is great. I’m using it in combination with Reference USA from the library to identify individuals who are owners of small companies for peer screenings.

It is also helpful for travel planning.

Seattle Business Monthly Online Archives

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I tripped across Seattle Business Monthly website today, and found it has archives through 2007. It is a relatively new publication.

Seattle Magazine

published by the same company, also has some archives up, although the search interface is pretty simple and I can’t figure out how far back it goes.

Noza Charitable Foundation Records are now free

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

One of my favorite not very expensive resources is


which I’ve reviewed in the past. Noza has now decided that foundation records (gifts given to foundations) are free for anyone, which is a great gift.

In addition Goodwin Deacon reported on the ‘L that Noza has bought GrantSmart, and is uploading its 990 information into the NozaSearch database.

Thanks Noza!