Sorkins Search Capabilities
All searches return a list of companies or a list of names that meet the criteria asked for by a particular search. At this point, specific list items can be checked for viewing or downloading. The appropriate button is clicked to process the checked items.

Button   Report
<View Profiles>   View the full Sorkins profiles.
<View Mini-Profiles>   View mini-profiles with basic contact information.
<Download Mini-Profiles>   Download mini-profiles to a tab-delimited file.

The Company Profile includes multiple contact names (full name, title and function), executives, vice presidents, department managers, board members, full description, company name, address, phone, fax, website, sales, employee size, industry, year company was founded, company's bank, CPA and law firm, and more!

The Company Mini-profile is a subset of the full Company Profile. Each record includes one contact name, title, company name, address, phone, fax, sales, employee size, industry, years in business, and website.

Site usage is accounted for in terms of credits (Click here for a detailed description of credit usage) .
A single credit is expended for each list item that is viewed or downloaded.

For a brief explanation of a given search, click on its name from the following list:
(Note: Each descriptions heading is an active link to that particular search page. Just click and you are there!)

Search Criteria

The Sorkins database can be searched using the following criteria: region (St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago), company name, sales, employees, year founded, company location (state, city, street, zip code, county), major industry, industry code (SDIC, SIC, NAICS), person's name, person's title, personnel function, phone number, and key word relative to company description. These criteria are combined to produce the specific searches listed below.

Company Search

The company search is used to generate a list of companies by searching on region, company name, sales, employees, year founded, or any combination thereof.

If you are looking for a company with the word "Shorts" in it, but can't remember if the company is "The Shorts Store" or "Shorts R Us", click the contains option, type in the word "Shorts" and any company with the word " Shorts" in it's name will be returned in the results list.

Person Search

The person search is used to generate a list of names by searching on region, and the person's first name and last name. Person's found are listed along with title and company name.

Combination Search

The combination search is used to generate a list of companies by searching on region, company location (state, city, street, zip code, county), company name, keyword, major industry, industry code, personell function, title, sales, employees, year founded, or any combination thereof.

The combination search combines all of the search criteria in the more specific Company, Industry, and Geographic searches, and also includes personnel function and title searching. When personnel function or title search criteria are included a list of individual names is generated. Each person found is listed with their associated company.

This is the power search that long-time users of Sorkins are used to. If you want to combine industry and geographic criteria or sales with personnel functions in a given region, or any combination thereof, this is the page to do it with.

Industry Search

The industry search is used to generate a list of companies by searching on region, major industry, industry code (SDIC, SIC, NAICS), sales, employees, or any combination thereof. The major industries are based on the SDIC system.

Industry searching can be performed using a specific industry code:

Code Full Name
SDIC Sorkins Directory Industrial Categories
SIC Standard Industry Classification
Developed by U.S. government.
Last updated: 1987
NAICS North American Industry Classification System.
Developed by U.S. government.
Replaces previous SIC classifications.

Twenty years ago, Sorkins introduced its proprietary "Sorkins Directory Industrial Classification Codes". The SDIC codes were developed to account for how the industrial world had drastically changed since the original SIC codes were developed. In 2002, the government revised and published the new SIC — now titled NAICS — codes.

Whether it's by a major industry category (i.e. all Manufacturers) or sub-industries (Manufacturers of Doorknobs), it's all here. The user can combine the industry criteria with sales and/or number of employees to create a more targeted list.

Geographic Search

This geographic search is used to generate a list of companies by searching on company location (state, city, street, zip code, county), sales, employees, and keyword, or any combination thereof.

Phone Search

The phone search is used to generate a list of companies by searching on phone number, or fax number. All regions are searched.

Who Uses Whom

In many cases, Sorkins tracks various service firms that help companies do business. Find companies that use particular banks, legal firms, cpa firms, insurance companies or internet providers.

The user is able to narrow these searches down based on the company sales and employee size. If you need all the companies that use USBank in the $20-$50 Million range, you can find them here.


This search looks and works exactly like the normal combination search with one important exception. The resulting list contains ALL the names for a given company on the results list. The names are listed alphabetically by company name then by corporate hierarchy within each company.

Current Leads

Sorkins Inc. purchased Business Researech Bureau (BRB) in 2008. BRB reports business changes taking place in the St. Louis Metro region. Business changes are shown for the last 2 weeks.

Available categories include:
  • New Business
  • New Locations
  • New Branches
  • Expansions
  • Remodels
  • Changes of Ownership
  • Food & Drink Establishments
    • New Branch
    • New Owner
    • Expansion
    • Remodel
    • New Business
    • Move
  • Construction Proposed for
    • Office, Residential, Manufacturing
    • Retail
    • Government
  • Construction Underway
The BRB research has been made available to all customers and at NO EXTRA CHARGE if you subscribe to Unlimited (a one year subscription to BRB alone is $1,700.). This data is also available for credit based subscribers, however, 1 credit is expended for each company viewed.

St. Louis Largest Lists

The current active lists display St. Louis area companies ranked by sales volume as well as sales by industry, location and ownership type. Companies are ranked largest in sales to smallest. Companies are color coded by ownership type. Available ownership types include: Publicly-Held, Privately-Held, Non-for-Profit, Government & Subsidiaries. By clicking the rank button next to each company name, you can click through and view the Profile of the selected company.

The Largest Lists will eventually be expanded to the Kansas City & Chicago Metro Areas.

Saved Companies

Users can save viewed companies for later review.

This feature allows users to check specific Company Profiles or Company Mini-Profiles and save them to a list. Once a user is logged in, determines if there are any saved companies and provides a link on the home page to the saved list. This link appears above the available search options on the home page.

To save companies, simply check the box shown next to individual profiles or mini-profiles you want to review later and click the "Save Checked Companies" link at the top of the page.

You can delete companies from this list by viewing the "Companies Saved" list, checking the companies you no longer wish to save and clicking the "Delete Checked Companies" link.

There is no limit to the number of companies that can be saved. The user will always be presented with a results list of saved companies and will only be charged a credit when a company is checked on the saved company list and a profile or mini-profile is viewed or a mini-profile is downloaded.

Currently, this feature is only available to standard credit based accounts.