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Company Research: Private Companies

Resources and methods for company research

Tips for Finding Information on Private Companies

 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:

  • Look for directory listings, company profiles, and news articles using the databases listed in the box on the right.
  • Try to find local news coverage in the areas where the company's headquarters or other facilities are located. 
  • 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  The figures may be outdated by a year or more.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.
  • Check the Internet.  Many private companies have websites with useful information.

Databases with Information on Private Companies


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