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Specific types of business

authenticator

noun

a company that tells you whether a digital signature is a real or honest one

automaker

noun

a company that produces cars

bookseller

noun

a person or business that sells books

brokerage

noun

a company that organizes business deals for other people

caterer

noun

a person or business that organizes the food and drinks for an event such as a party or meeting

clearinghouse

noun

an organization that collects and provides information on a particular subject

collection agency

noun

a company that makes people pay what they owe others

concessionaire

noun

a person or company that has the legal right to sell things at a place owned by someone else

constructor

noun

a company or person that builds things, especially racing cars

consultancy

noun

a company with expert knowledge about a particular subject that provides professional help and advice to other companies

consulting

noun

the business of providing professional help and advice about a particular subject

contractor

noun

a person or company whose job is to provide goods or to do work for another person, organization, company, etc. at a particular price

creamery

noun

a place where butter and cheese are made

dairy

noun

a company that sells milk and makes and sells foods that are made from milk, for example butter and cheese

distributor

noun

a company or person that supplies goods to stores

dotcom

noun

a company that uses the Internet to sell its products and services

dot-com

noun

a company that uses the Internet to sell its products and services

drive-through

noun

a restaurant, bank, etc. that serves you through a special window so you do not have to leave your car

e-business

noun

a company that operates on the Internet

e-tailer

noun

a company that sells things on the Internet

exhibitor

noun

a person, company, or organization that shows their work or products in a public place

exporter

noun

a person, business, or country that sells goods to another country

finance company

noun

a business that lends money to companies

Internet hotel

noun

a business that consists of computers and Internet services for other businesses to use

label

noun

a company that produces records

laundry

noun

a business that washes and irons clothes

line

noun

a company that provides a transportation service

mover

noun

a person or company whose job is to move people’s furniture and possessions from one house or apartment to another

nursery

noun

a place where plants and young trees are grown either for sale or for scientific purposes

OEM

noun

original equipment manufacturer: a company that puts together computer systems using pieces of equipment bought from other companies, and sells them under its own name

practice

noun

the business of a doctor, lawyer, or other professional person

processor

noun

a company that treats a food or another substance to make it ready for use

producer

noun

a person or company that grows food or makes goods to be sold

provider

noun

an organization or company that makes a service available to the public

public utility

noun

a company that provides gas, electricity, or water for people to use, and is subject to government controls

removalist

noun

a person or company that moves your furniture and other things when you move house

retailer

noun

a person or company that sells goods directly to the public for their own use

service

noun

a business or organization that earns money by providing help, information, or advice for the public

service industry

noun

an industry that provides services instead of producing goods, for example banks, hospitals, and hotels

service provider

noun

a company that provides customers with a connection to the Internet

service provider

noun

a company that provides a service, for example insurance or medical treatment

shipbuilder

noun

a company that builds ships

smokestack industry

noun

an industry involved in making things in factories using big machines and processes that produce a lot of pollution

telco hotel

noun

an Internet hotel

web farm

noun

a web server farm

web server farm

noun

a business that has a group of computers connected to each other for web hosting

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

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