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Due Diligence Business Investigations Checklist

Are you conducting a thorough due diligence business investigation? Don’t be caught off guard and know the unknown. Review this simple checklist provided by Cynthia Hetherington.

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  • Property Ownership
  • Vehicles / Watercraft / Aircraft
  • Security Ownership (5% Owners)
  • Business Reports
  • Credit Reports
  • Intellectual Property
  • Causes (political, charitable, sponsorship)
  • UCC
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  • Name
  • State and FEIN Identifiers
  • Business status (profit, non, charity)
  • Industry codes (NAICS, SIC)
  • Business address
  • Website
  • Contact numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Social media profile addresses
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  • Executive management
  • Company history
  • Company statements (mission, sales objectives, purpose)
  • Federal contracting (
  • Secretary of State / Corporation filings
  • Permits (OSHA)
  • Professional licenses
  • Professional association affiliations
  • Charitable donations
  • Political donations
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  • Bankruptcies
  • Liens / Judgments / Tax
  • Sanctioning / Regulatory
  • Litigation
  • Criminal
  • Compliance
  • Property (Foreclosures)
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  • News/Literature
  • Social Media (beyond biographical)
  • Open Sources (surface web)

Thomson Reuters CLEAR® records resource

CLEAR is a next-generation online investigative platform that unites key investigation content in a single, intuitive working environment – so you get more streamlined, efficient access to the most current data. Our comprehensive collection of public and proprietary records with real-time data can be searched quickly and easily.

With CLEAR you can locate people, assets, businesses, affiliations, and other critical facts; make important connections between individuals, incidents, activities, and locations; and generate comprehensive reports on your party or organization of interest.

Learn more about CLEAR

The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations
The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations

Cynthia Hetherington goes far beyond abstract concepts and gives a blueprint for action. These methods may be immediately integrated into operations, resulting in tremendous savings of time, effort and money.

Thomson Reuters is not a consumer reporting agency and this service does not constitute a “consumer reports” as such term is defined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C.A. SEC 1681 et seq. The report constitutes an alert that you may wish to conduct a further investigation. However, the data provided to you may not be used as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, or for any other purpose authorized under the FCRA and you agree not to use the report for such purpose or to take adverse action regarding any consumer application based on the report.