It can be difficult to find reliable information on private companies. Unlike public companies that trade on a stock exchange, private companies do not have to provide information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or investors.
Try these tips for finding and using information on private companies:
- Check the Internet. Many private companies have websites with useful information.
- Look for directory listings, company profiles, and news articles using the databases listed in the LibGuide.
- Try to find local news coverage in the areas where the company's headquarters or other facilities are located. The Regional Business News database is one source of local news.
- Financials for private companies are often reported as "estimates." The figures may be outdated by a year or more. Use with discretion, and always cite your source.
- See tabs in the LibGuide for links and lists of databases.