Finding Company Information

To locate financial information for a business, you first have to determine whether the company you are researching is publicly or privately held.

Publicly held companies trade stock on a stock exchange and are required to file financial reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To search for a public company's financial reports, you can use the Mergent OnlineBusiness Source Premier, or SEC EDGAR database.

Privately held companies are not required to file financial reports with the SEC, thus making it more difficult to find a company's financial information without paying a fee. One strategy to take is to search on the company's website for annual financial reports.

Similar to privately held companies, franchisees are not required to file financial reports with the SEC. One strategy to take is to search for the franchisee's franchise disclosure document (FDD). The FDD Exchange is a private company that provides access to FDDs. The Basic Explorer membership is free and will give you access to one FDD per day. 

Selected business websites

Associations - Business and Economics
from IPL2 (Internet Public Library)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics

official business link to the U.S. Government

California Business Portal

from the Secretary of State's Office

Consumer Price Indexes

monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services

County Business Patterns
from the U.S. Census Bureau

SEC (U.S. Security and Exchange Commission) filings

Foundation Center 990 Finder
Search for IRS 990 forms

Minority Business Development Agency
From the U.S. Department of Commerce 

National Center for Charitable Statistics
the national clearinghouse for the non-profit sector in the United States

Office of Women's Business Ownership
From the U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Census Bureau: Business and Industry
economic data by industry sector, historic business data, statistics of U.S. businesses, labor force information.
Search for local, state, and federal government information.

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