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While private company information may be found in many of the sources listed on this page, the following resources are especially useful in researching these companies.
MacRAE's Blue Book
A standard company directory dating back to 1893 that lists brief company information geared toward product. Searchable by company name and product type.
Forbe's 500 Top Private Companies
Forbes compiles a listing of the top private companies ecah year back to 2002.
Securities & Exchange Commission
"The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. "
Indiana Secretary of State
Search for Indiana business information through this state database.
Secretaries of State
A listing of the web sites for the Secretaries of State for each state in the union. Corporate and business information is usually handle in these state offices.
Finding information on public companies is relatively easy. There are many sources, both print and online, that will provide comprehensive information on almost all public companies. The databases below are subscribed to by Ivy Tech and provide a starting point for company research. Some of the databases will include some information on private companies.
Information on privately held companies is much less available. We have listed specific sources for this type of information in the column to the left of this section.
Annual Reports Online
This site provides access to annual reports online and free print copies. Most NYSE & NASDAQ companies are available.
"PRARS, is America's largest annual report service. Company financials, including annual reports, prospectuses or 10k's on over 3,600 public companies are available without charge to the investing public at this site."
The Investor Relations Information Network is another source for annual reports. Many must be order, but some are available for viewing online. All should be free.
Annual Reports Service
This site which is sponsored by the Wall Street Journal is another source for annual reports. It provides access by mail with some available online. It has a cumbersome method of down loading reports.
Company Web Pages
Many companies provide public information on ther company vis the Web. Some companies provide more information than others, but this can be a very lucrative source of research information. Typical pages include history, press releases, list of executives, SEC filings, etc. Public companies generally provide more inforation than private companies.
The following are examples of helpful company web sites. LOOK FOR LINK TO INVESTOR Information.
There is a lot of good financial information available on the Web and the sites listed below are good starting points. There is also a lot of good funadamental information about companies, their reports and general investing/financials @ Investopedia.
There is a lot of information at Yahoo under the individual company listings as well as information under industries. You can find breif profiles, limited listing of exec, links to SEC filings, news, and some free analyst information.
Forbes Companies Lists
Forbes list of "200 Best Small Companies", "Private 500 Companies", "America's 500 Leading companies", "Platinum 400 Companies", "International 500 Companies".