Regular users of the Virginia State Corporation Commission know the site’s present day web interface is light-years ahead of the old 1940s nearly impossible use DOS looking web page they offered for years. The current interface allows company name searches only. Using the state’s web page you cannot find a company by address, officer, or registered agent’s name. Even with a company name there is no way to determine if company officers are involved with other entities or find other companies sharing the same address.
Enter Waldo Jaquith, blogger and transparency advocate. Jaquith has purchased the entire corporate entity database with updates weekly from the State Corporation Commission for $150 monthly. The database is now available online at https://vabusinesses.org/. You can search the database by company name, officer, registered agent, or portion of an address.
The default search is by business name. If you are searching for a person enter the name and hit search. You will receive a “No results found” message with dialog boxes for narrowing the search. Change “Business” to “Type” to search all fields and leave the location box to “Place” to search the entire state.
Boolean search operators do not work. Using quotation marks or the plus and minus symbols will return a “No results found” message. Searches must include whole words exactly as they appear in the database. A search for the address of “1422 Edwards Pl” would not find a record for a company with the address of “1422 Edwards Place.” You need to search with as many variations you can think of. Some records include the GPS coordinates of the business address making it easy to see the business on Google Maps and Street View.