Information, it’s everywhere. Gathering it up and pulling it down in a useful form can be a trick, though. Luckily a number of publishers toil at this task year after year. Here is an overview of useful directories:

The U.S. 1 Business Directory, available at bookstores for $14.95, is particularly pertinent for the greater Princeton area because it includes more than 5,400 company listings, including contact names, fax numbers, number of employees, E-mail and URL addresses, and revenues where available. It’s particularly useful for jobhunters, sales reps, and small business owners. Send check for $17.95 payable to U.S. 1 Directory, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540. Or pick it up in person for $14.95.

The New Jersey Directory — the Insider Guide to New Jersey Leaders, newly updated in December, costs $86 plus shipping and tax or $129 on CD-ROM. It includes voluminious information on the state’s largest employers, law firms, VC and investment banks, casino hotels, hospitals, and more. It also presents biographies of business leaders organized by category, including women business leaders and minority business leaders.

Visit the Insider Guide online, at www.njinsider.com, for a well-organized, richly detailed version of the information. Access is free, and no registration is required.

A companion publication, The Insider Guide to New Jersey Movers and Shakers, lists over 1,000 of the state’s top government, education, and industry leaders. It is available for $99 on CD-ROM.

Call 609-924-6310 or fax 609-924-6380. Home page: www.njinsider.com

The Dalton Philadelphia Metro Business Directory could be the answer to marketing to South Jersey. The directory provides information on 12,000 companies and 27,000 key executives in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem counties, as well as in metro Philadelphia area and in part of Delaware. The book sells for $175 for one copy, $165 apiece for two, and $159 apiece for three or more. On CD-ROM, it is $289.

For more information E-mail to info@daltondirectory.com, call 800-221-1050 or visit www.daltondirectory.com

Another intriguing but lesser known reference is the Municipal Reference Guide: New Jersey. It is published by Neptune-based Towndata.com Network Inc. It presents names of key officials, real estate values, income profiles, school system budgets, principals, and SAT scores. There is also a demographic break-out, housing data, library data, summaries of leading occupations and industries, average work commute times, municipal population, and expenditure trends and breakdowns, and tons of other stuff for every municipality in the state in this 760 page book.

Don’t want to lift a 760-page book? Towndata doesn’t necessarily want you to. It has a new tool, an Electronic Municipal Reference Guide (EMRG), which, it says, provides three times the information, and has the added bonus of being searchable. You can export data from this electronic tool, and can even print mailing labels. Now on sale, at 25 percent off the regular price, the EMRG is $262.50 for a one-year subscription. Subscribe to an edition for another state as well, and take off another 15 percent. Find out all the details at www.towndata.com

The 2003-’04 print edition sells for $124.50, plus shipping and handling. Call 800-242-5511 or order at www.towndata.com

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, in concert with Research Communications of Austin, Texas (formerly of New Jersey), publishes a number of directories.

Its New Jersey Business Source Book is a marketing guidebook that contains 1,067 New Jersey websites, 876 professional and trade associations, 7,046 business contacts at New Jersey’s largest employers, details on all kinds of business assistance, and complete chamber of commerce listings. The book is $149.95. A searchable database of the information, available on CD-ROM or as a floppy disk, is $495, and includes a free copy of the book.

A guide to New Jersey Labor Unions 2003-2004, provides contact information for all 937 New Jersey labor action unions, including a geographical index. The book is $69.95, and the database/book combination is $199.

A guide to New Jersey websites is $29.95, with the database/book combination selling for $69.

While the books are sponsored by the state chamber, the best way to order them, or to get more information, is to contact the publisher at 800-331-5076 or online at www.researchcomm.com

Corfacts guides include the New Jersey Business to Business Directory, listing 27,000 companies in 21 counties including 6,000 websites and 4,000 E-mail addresses. The listings are done alphabetically, geographically, and by industry. The cost is $265, or $1,295 for the CD-ROM.

The New Jersey Directory of Small Businesses lists companies with under 10 employees and is available in print for $245 and in CD-ROM for $995.

This company also offers customized databases. It is possible to choose geographical area, and up to seven variables, including number of employees and size of sales volume. Results can be placed on a diskette, compiled as a telephone list, or put on one of several types of mailing envelopes.

Call 973-394-2990 or visit www.corfacts.com

Burrelle’s Luce New Jersey Media Directory lists all newspapers, magazines, and broadcast media in the state. (Burrelle’s recently merged with Luce to form a mega-media-monitoring company.) The New Jersey Directory is $185 plus $25 shipping.

Directories are available for other states, and for U.S. regions, as well. For those whose research needs don’t fit into neat categories, there are customized media directories that can "slice" through all of its databases to meet individual needs. The data can be presented in print, on CD- ROM, or online.

The company also offers media monitoring, including press clippings, web monitoring, broadcast monitoring, same-day monitoring, media analysis, and media management. There is a free demo online at www.burrelles.com Call 800-766-5114 for information.

The New Jersey Manufacturers Register lists 10,592 plants, down nearly 100 from last year, 22,609 executives, 9,756 fax numbers, and 3,690 E-mail addresses. Interestingly, while the number of plants is down slightly, there are a few more executives, fax numbers, and E-mail addresses this year.

The print version costs $120. Databases cost between $154 to $509. Call 847-864-7000 or go to www.manufacturersnews.com

The 2003 Book of Lists from NJ Biz has directory information (address, phone, fax) for the top 50 companies in 60 industry categories is $39 in the print edition, $199 in a mail merge edition. The price for both is $219. Call 732-249-8886 or visit www.njbiz.com

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association has its own way of getting through the legal morass. For any NJBIA publication, call 609-393-7707, ext. 239 or go to www.njbia.org/publications.htm. Choose from:

A Practical Guide to New Jersey Employment Law: The Employers Resource, published by the NJBIA, offers an extensive summary of New Jersey laws that affect employers. Updated every two years, each chapter features information on the specific laws and those who administer them. Also a directory of forms that employers must file, including workers’ compensation, equal employment opportunity reporting, and more. $60, $90 for non-members.

NJBIA Benefits Report, new this year, details the benefits hundreds of New Jersey employers are offering their employees, from healthcare coverage to paid vacations to disability.

Compiled in July, 2003, from 688 NJBIA member companies, this report contains detailed benefit information throughout the entire employment process — from new hires to retirees. The information is broken down by production/maintenance hourly, office non-exempt, and salaried employee groups, as well as by large and small companies. Cost: $95 for members, $200 for non-members.

Rapid Finder Payroll Tax Deduction Tables’ new edition should be available this January. It calculates tax deductions for five separate tax tables: Federal Social Security Tax, Federal Medicare Tax, New Jersey Gross Income Tax, Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Development Partnership Fund and Temporary Disability Insurance Taxes, and Federal Personal Income Tax. Cost: $25, nonmembers, $35, plus tax.

Directory of the 210th New Jersey Legislature, a pocket size book with photos and district areas, committees, all information including the names of legislative aides. Cost: $3 for members, and $6 for non members.

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Business Partnership of Somerset County, 360 Grove Street, Bridgewater 08807. Jeffrey Horn, CEO. 908-218-4300; fax, 908-722-7823. Home page: www.somersetbusinesspartnership.com

Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 115 West Court Street, First Union Bank Building, Doylestown 18901. Vail Garvin, executive director. 215-348-3913; fax, 215-348-7154. E-mail: info@centralbuckschamber.com Home page: www.centralbuckschamber.com

Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, South 61 Paramus Road, Paramus 07652. Richard Goldberg, president. 201-368-2100; fax, 201-368-3438. Www.cianj.org

Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, 214 West State Street, Trenton 08608-1002. 609-393-4143; fax, 609-393-1032. Home page: www.mercerchamber.org

Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, 2200 Route 31, Suite 15, Lebanon 08833. Suzanne Lagay, president. 908-735-5955; fax, 908-730-6580. E-mail: info@hunterdon-chamber.org. Home page: www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce, 239 North Union Street, Lambertville 08530. Ellen Pineno, office manager. 609-397-0055; fax, 609-397-1530. E-mail: info@lambertville.org. Www.lambertville.org

An affiliate of the Hunterdon Chamber.

Latino Chamber of Commerce of Mercer County Inc., Box 886, Trenton 08605. Harry Luna, president. 609-695-5600.

Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce, 200 East State Street, Trenton 08608. John E. Harmon, president/CEO. 609-393-5933; fax, 609-393-9166. E-mail: info@mtaacc.org. Home page: www.mtaacc.org

Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1 Distribution Way, Suite 101, Monmouth Junction 08852. Chris Phelan, president. 732-821-1700; fax, 732-821-5852. E-mail: info@mcrcc.org. Www.mcrcc.org

New Jersey Business & Industry Association, 102 West State Street, Box 230, Trenton 08602-0230. Philip Kirschner, president. 609-393-7707; fax, 609-989-7371. Www.njbia.org

Business advocate representing over 21,000 New Jersey companies, also New Jersey Policy Research Association.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, 216 West State Street, Trenton 08608. Joan Verplanck, president. 609-989-7888. E-mail: joan@njchamber.com Www.njchamber.com

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 216 Rockingham Row, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540. Kristin Appelget, president and CEO. 609-520-1776. E-mail: info@princetonchamber.org. Www.princetonchamber.org

Regional chamber of commerce primarily serving Mercer, Middlesex, & Somerset counties — monthly membership luncheon on first Thursday, Small Business Council breakfast on the third Wednesday of each month.

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