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Is there a list somewhere of all registered businesses (both big and small globally) which is free?

I have a list of orders from a list of companies with addresses and i wish to attempt to match the company using text matching. The end result would be: "is the company in my list of reference companies" then set a flag as 1 else set the flag as 0.

  • I doubt you are going to find a global dataset. In the US, many states of this for registered companies. But, the address of the registered agent, corporate headquarters, mailing address, and delivery address can all be different. – Andrew - OpenGeoCode Feb 17 '15 at 18:58
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Probably the closest thing you'll find to this is OpenCorporates. They claim to have data on over 60,000,000 companies.

They don't have a download, but there is an API. It has a mixed usage license depending on whether you are contributing open data back to the community.

  • Perfect...I can use this without signing up and have got it working with R....thanks all – John Smith Feb 21 '15 at 13:17

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