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Companies and Ads: Private Companies

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Tips for private companies

Researching private companies may require some extra work. Private companies are not required to publish their information, so you typically will not find an annual report. Also, they will probably not show up in the large business databases.

In addition to using the recommended resources, here are some work-arounds:

  • Start with the website of the company itself. Look for an "About" page.
  • Check out the company's social media. Look at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Perform a CEO and owner search on LinkedIn.
  • Find industry associations and learn about the general trends and news in the industry.
  • If a private company has operations with a public company, you may find information about the private company in the public company's Form 10-K (see Annual Reports).