Besides competitive analysis, why else might you want to commission a business background check? Here are some ideas: * Hiring a contractor to do work for your home or business? Find out if your contractor choice has been successfully sued in court by any former clients. * Thinking of doing serious business with a new partner or customer? Check the potential partner's record of paying bills, being sued in court, even learn about the company's credit rating. * Identify scam artists before you invest with them. * ID potential sales leads from a specific company and see if it has a good track record of payments and/or credit.