Dun & Bradstreet, a reliable partner in all your business decisions

Many people believe the data revolution began in recent years. At Dun & Bradstreet, we take a slightly different view. We turn the clock back to July 20, 1841 – the day we set up shop as The Mercantile Agency in New York City.
Founded by Lewis Tappan, the agency helped spark a business information revolution by creating a network of correspondents that served as a source of reliable, consistent and objective credit information. Dun & Bradstreet has grown considerably since the early days to retain its lead in the market by providing its customers with solutions and expert advice to enable them to take reliable credit, marketing as well as purchasing decisions.
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Mercantile Agency set up by Lewis Tappan, the forerunner of Dun & Bradstreet
Benjamin Douglas becomes a partner in the Mercantile Agency
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John M. Bradstreet sets up the rival credit reporting agency in Cincinnati
Robert Graham Dun (brother-in-law of Benjamin Douglas) becomes the manager of The Mercantile Agency
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The Mercantile Agency places an order for 100 typewriters so that financial reports can be made on carbon paper
R. H. Donnelley starts the Chicago Directory Company and introduces his first telephone directory in 1886
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R.H. Donnelley starts the chicago directory company and introduces his first telephone directory in 1886
R. G. Dun & Company introduces a new way of financial reporting
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R. G. Dun & Company merges with The Bradstreet Company Dun & Bradstreet
Dun & Bradstreet takes over a competitor: The credit Clearing House
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Dun & Bradstreet moves to 99 Church Street headquarters in New York City
Dun & Bradstreet introduces Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) and takes over Moodey's
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Dun & Bradstreet produces its first publication based on a digital database
Dun & Bradstreet produces the first computer generated financial report on a minicomputer
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Dun & Bradstreet passes $ 1 billion turnover and $ 100 million profit
Dun & Bradstreet develops DUNSNet, the telephone network of the company
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Dun & Bradstreet takes over AC Nielsen
Dun & Bradstreet commences operations in India
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Launches its maiden publication India's Top 500 Companies and quarterly report Business Optimism Index in India
Embarks on a 5 year alliance with India's leading stock exchange - Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
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Partners with Export credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC) giving access to exporters in india
Dun & Bradstreet launches the new corporate branding and changes its name to D&B
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Dun & Bradstreet introduces and gets the patent for the DUNSRight principle Sets up India's first credit bureau, Credit Information Bureau (India) limited with TransUnion, SBI and HDFC; and other public / private sector banks of india
Creates Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East (D&B SAME) Launches a business vertical Economic Analysis Group (EAG) in India, to create content and research
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Launches another business vertical Education Solutions (now Learning Solutions) in India, to create Knowledge based events and trainings
Dun & Bradstreet launches DNBi in America and reaches the first 100 million companies data Dun & Bradstreet India database crosses 1 million records
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Dun & Bradstreet gets 1st place in financial data in Fortune's Most Admired Companies Launches HOOVERS and Trade Exchange Programe in India
Launches Project Appraisal Services for Indian customers
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Dun & Bradstreet India database crosses 5 million records
Dun & Bradstreet India database crosses 10 million records
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Dun & Bradstreet India launches D&B Compliance Verification in India
A proactive credit risk management approch Launches D&B Prism in India
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Dun & Bradstreet modernizes the brand

A new millennium, a new Dun & Bradstreet

Dun & Bradstreet has undergone a period of restructuring in recent years, designed to make Dun & Bradstreet a more tightly focused company. Just before the turn of the century, A.C. Nielsen, Cognizant, Reuben H. Donnelley and Moody's Corporation were all spun off to allow each company to pursue focused strategies for its specific businesses.
In February 2014, Dun & Bradstreet launched a new strategy to drive long-term sustainable growth and to become one global company delivering indispensable content through modern channels to serve new customer needs. We are focused on the commercial marketplace and continuing to be the world's largest and best provider of insight about businesses.
265 Million Business Records and Counting
We also are constantly expanding the size and improving the quality of our global database.
In late 2015, our global database exceeded 265 million businesses worldwide. And we believe in accompanying those quarter-billion records and associated analytics with the high-quality service that is our hallmark.

Fun Facts

Which infamous movie actress seductively posed with the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book in 1953 from the movie – "How to Marry a Millionaire"?

Answer:
Marilyn Monroe
Which four U.S. Presidents worked as reporters for Dun & Bradstreet?

Answer:
Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland & William McKinley
Which Steven Spielberg film released in late 1997, covers the story of Lewis Tappan and his crusade to defend the rights of slaves?

Answer:
Amistad
Which year was the D-U-N-S® Number 'born'?
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D-U-N-S® Number was born in 1963
Who was this 1863 journal entry about? – "is not much of a businessman, but had some capital, it is said, advanced by his father, who is reputed well off".

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J.D. Rockefeller – who turned out to be a good credit risk; 1863 was the year he set up a refinery that blossomed into Standard Oil.
Who temped for Dun & Bradstreet as a receptionist?

Answer:
Woody Harrelson
Which Dun & Bradstreet founder was the great grand nephew of Ben Franklin?

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Lewis Tappan