The Good Search is a retained executive search practice that believes in advocating for the greater good. That is why, as the company’s founder, I embedded that word into the very name of our company. Moreover, we believe in the power of information and harness that power in our executive search practice. Our core beliefs are informed by my earlier work as a television journalist and investigative reporter.
The truth really does set us free.
So what’s a former investigative reporter and television journalist to do when her company is shaken down by the strategic marketing partner of highly-regarded business credit reporting agency? Tell the story: The Good Search CEO turns whistle-blower.
From a business perspective, remaining mum would be considered by many to be a prudent choice. I am but David to a business credit agency Goliath. However, remaining silent would mean that millions of other small business owners like me would continue to be targeted and taken advantage of by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation, in league with D&B. Many of these small business owners would find themselves $1-thousand dollars poorer each year, when that money would be better spent on the business itself. Worse, when you do the math, the potential financial toll of the highly questionable, if not illegal, practices would be astronomical. Millions of business owners would run the risk of losing, collectively, billions of dollars in business when small business is supposed to be the engine of our economic recovery.
So while I could close my eyes and pretend the problem does not exist, the truth is it not only exists, it has been going on for years — practices so predatory they fit the definition of extortion. While I am no longer a reporter, there really is only thing a former investigative journalist could do: tell the story, in this case to the Wall Street Journal.
I encourage you to read the articles and comment:
I will provide other details in the coming days on why D&B and D&B Credibility must be stopped and why the law needs to be changed to provide business owners with the same credit reporting protections as consumers.