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Entrepreneurship: Company Information

A guide to resources for both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs.

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Public vs. Private Companies


Private Company information is much more difficult to gather than Public Company information. Public Companies must disclose detailed financial information to the SEC (available from the EDGAR database), whereas private companies can decide how much information they make available. 

However, there are some ways to search for information for private companies, including

  • Search in Business databases, which index articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.  A good place to start is with Business Source Complete.
  • Search in Newspaper databases (such as the one listed in the "News Resources" tab).
  • Look at the company's website -- different companies divulge different amounts of information -- from none at all to quite a bit.  Usually, if any information is available, it is hidden behind small print links with labels like "financial information," "investor information," or "fact sheets."


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