Researching Private Companies
Researching private companies is more challenging since they are usually not required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Therefore:
Other Strategies for Researching Small/Private Companies
Does the company have any trademarks or patents? This is public information.
Has the company made an Initial Public Offering (IPO)? If so, you can find information on these companies.
Tax returns are available to the public for non-profit organizations (Form 990). Contact the regional IRS office of the company's location.
Consider contacting special interest groups that relate to your industry such as industry focused Political Action Committees (PACs) which promote a specific industry, as well as watchdogs that monitor adversaries.
Government Sources: Federal, State, and Local
The federal government regulates and investigates various company activities. Some of this data is available to the public. Examples:
You can use the U.S. Government Manual to locate agency contact information (use link below).
More strategies to locate information on private companies: