Companies Information

There are several reasons why we might search for information on a company. It can either be due to sheer curiosity or for investigative and legal purposes. Whatever the case, finding private company information is quite a challenge.

As a result, one is required to be a little creative and persistent. Unlike public firms, private firms are not required to file with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). So, the kind of information you’re likely to find about a public firm through SEC documentation isn’t available to you when it comes to private firms.

A basic search on the Internet search might lead you to some bits and scraps of company info. But, you’re not going to acquire enough information to construct a detailed picture.

However, there are a set of different strategies through which you can acquire a company’s information. Here are a few of them for your use.

How to find companies information

There are databases, both physical and online, that can provide you with enough information about a company. For example, most local public libraries provide citizens with access to such databases.

Other than that, you have a range of online sites that offer company info. There is Gale’s Business Insights, which sources information from other Gale publications such as Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies. For international companies, you have the Graham & Whiteside directories.

Dun & Bradstreet is another online resource that offers current and historical details about private businesses. D&B is one of the few publishers to actually acquire information by calling and interviewing the concerned company.

However, the information is provided on a voluntary basis, which means D&B’s reports aren’t consistent. The information can vary in volume and detail. These reports can be bought from D&B directly or from the company that you’re investigating, provided it has signed up with D&B. The reports can also be subscribed to instead of being bought.

Most universities and public libraries also have access to these reports.

Another provider that offers company information is PrivCo. PrivCo offers information on 500,000 private firms. The information can be accessed on a subscription basis.

Other methods

Apart from accessing private and public databases, it is also possible to find company information through other methods. For instance, the company’s own website might offer plenty of information. In fact, it should be the first place to check. A lot of companies put up a substantial information about themselves and their operations.

Apart from that, you can also try using journals such as the American City Business Journal.