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Starting a Business?: Private companies research

This guide serves as an introduction to library resources and services that support the field of entrepreneurship.

Web Resources for Private Company Information

Below are links to website that may be helpful in obtaining information on private companies. Depth of content can vary.

Finding Information

Company’s address and phone number

- Telephone Books

- Switchboard 

- Verizon's SuperPages  

- Thomas Register of Manufacturers - Although limited to manufacuring companies, it is quite comprehensive.

- Hoover’s Company Records  (Select database from ProQuest list)) - brief capsules on many public and private enterprises in the United States and  around the world.

Key facts or a quick profile on a company  (address and phone number, annual sales, number of employees, type of business, chief executives, and year founded.)  

- Hoover’s Company Records - brief capsules on many public and private enterprises in the United States and around the world.

Company summary/profile

- Annual report to shareholders (if it is a public company). 

- EDGAR - Financial reports, of U.S. corporations from reports submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Includes annual reports, quarterly reports, balance sheet, income statement, security activity and analysis and much more.

- Mergent Online - background and financial data on public companies

-  Standard & Poor's Net Advantage -provides financial data on public companies.

- LexisNexis - Search Company Dossier and Company Profile under Companies tab (left frame) or "Get Company Info".

Private Companies

-Hoover's Directories - limited information on private companies.

-LexisNexis - type company name in the "Get Company Info" box. Note: in the results page, click on the View All Companies button for more info.

-Mergent Online - Dun & Bradstreet private companies

-ThomasNet -  find manufacturers, distributors and service providers

Information on or a list of subsidiaries of a company  

- EDGAR - Financial reports, of U.S. corporations from reports submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Includes annual reports, quarterly reports, balance sheet, income statement, security activity and analysis and much more.

- Mergent Online - background and financial data on public companies.

- Standard & Poor's Net Advantage -provides financial data on public companies.

- Thomas Register of American Manufacturers 

Company’s annual report

- Look under Investor Relations on company's website.
- The Public Registrar -free annual reports.
- EDGAR - All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, annual and quarterly reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through EDGAR.

Company’s history  

- Mergent Online  - Provides a history for each company. Only public companies are included, and some histories are extremely brief.

Key resources for international companies  

- Mergent Online

Note: Some material taken from the ALA website (BRASS)


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