Types of Companies
Information on companies varies greatly depending on the type of company. Use a directory to determine whether a company is public, private, non-profit or non-U.S.
Public - There is a great deal of information available on companies which trade on the stock market - SEC filings, annual reports, analysts' reports, news stories, etc.
Private - Information on private companies is more difficult to find. Directories and news stories may be the main sources. All 50 states make some level of corporate and business filings available online, see Business Filings Databases for links to the states.
International - The amount of information on international companies varies. If the company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Other information can be found in directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.
Non-Profit - Nonprofits must file IRS Form 990 which includes financial data. Form 990 and other information on nonprofits such as organizational statistics, a summary of organization goals and activities, list of board members and executives can be found in Guidestar.org (BC Community Only). For more information see the Nonprofit Industry Research Guide.
The resources listed on this page contain in depth reports on companies. The number of companies and the depth of the information provided in each of these sources varies. You may want to look at several of them. If you are looking for specific information about a company such as SWOT analysis, use the tabs at the top of the guide. If you have questions or problems contact Sonia Ensins, firstname.lastname@example.org