Businesses leave a footprint via their interactions with the government. This data footprint is publicly available, and Enigma collects a lot of data from these sources. These sources are particularly helpful in understanding the identity of every business.

Some of the government data sources that Enigma retrieves information from:

Corporate Registration

If a business incorporates, it must file a corporate registration with the Secretary of State for every state they work in. These corporate registrations often indicate the start of a business’s story. Enigma sources corporate registration information from all 50 states, as well as Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. However, it only has limited coverage of the following states due to limited information from the Secretary of States: DE, OK, NV, NJ, SC, and WI.

Government Licenses:

Many businesses require licenses to do their work. Enigma retrieves license information at both the federal level and state level. Examples of some of the license databases that Enigma sources from:

  • Federal firearms licensing database
  • State construction licenses
  • Liquor licenses

SBA Loans:

The Small Business Association (SBA) publishes the details of loans it provides to businesses. Enigma collects information from loan programs like 504, 7(a), and PPP.

Other Government Sources:

There are a wide variety of other government data sets that Enigma sources information from. Some examples include:

  • Federal UCC Liens
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices