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.
285Million 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 285 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 famous movie actress seductively posed with the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book in 1953 from the movie – "How to Marry a Millionaire"?

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

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?

Which year was the D-U-N-S® Number 'born'?
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".

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?

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

Lewis Tappan