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Company Information

Resources that will help you uncover how all kinds of companies function, whether they are public, private, or not-for-profit.

Background Information

Looking at a company's web site will only scratch the surface of your research. It's important to consult third party sources to generate a complete report.
Steps for finding background information:

  • Use a check list to help organize the process.
  • Develop an overview.
  • Identify whether the company is public or private.
  • Determine corporate structure.
  • Look for company history.
  • Read financial disclosure reports.
  • Consider industry ratios, if relevant.
  • Establish corporate rankings, when relevant.
  • Browse periodical indexes to find articles.
  • Use newspaper indexes to find current articles.
  • Search Internet sources.

Resources for Background Information

Newspaper and periodical articles can provide extensive and varied types of information on companies--for example, historical background, new ventures, marketing campaigns, analyses of financial situations, and biographical profiles of key executives. Articles are often the best way to locate information on private companies. In addition, searching a company's hometown newspaper can sometimes reveal some interesting nuggets not normally seen by more national publications.

Although it isn't always a complete list, some databases do report the major executive personnel in their organizations. They are available from:

Business Source Premier key employees search


1. From the Nexis/Uni home page, slide to the top of the page.
2. Click on the down arrow by Menu. Select: Company Dossier

  1. In the Company Name box, type: your company
  2. Select your company from the Results List
  3. From the left navigation area, under Company Information, select: Executive Contacts and Professional Contacts

All 50 states make some level of corporate and business filings available online. In a few instances only limited information (such as name availability) is retrievable. The majority of the states, however, use their Web presence to disseminate a range of public business records — and most of them offer access at no charge.