These links can help you find information about private companies. Often students find it difficult to find business information about companies that do not have public trading status. These links come to us from the BestBizNewsletter, and might help students locate that information.
SITE: US Private Companies: Research and Analysis
CATEGORY: Company Information
PURPOSE: This is a detailed article on how to perform research on private firms.
SOURCE CHECK: The article was written by the well-known information professional Amelia Kassel, who is p resident of MarketingBase, a consulting firm specializing in company, industry, and competitive and market intelligence research. She is also a part-time faculty member at San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science and teaches online for Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS).
OUR VIEW: Finding information on private firms can be quite difficult. But there may be nobody else in the information field as knowledgeable as Kassel on the sources and strategies on how to make it happen. Being able to access a recent and free article with her latest thinking on this issue makes this site an invaluable source for business researchers. Consider this site if you research companies, especially privately held ones.
SITE: Industries at a Glance
CATEGORY: Industry Information/Government Information
PURPOSE: This site contains snapshots of national (and sometimes state and regional) data for more than 100 industries, organized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
SOURCE CHECK: The data was collected from a variety of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys and programs.
OUR VIEW: It can be hard to find timely, authoritative industry information on the web, but you can’t do much better than this site. You can easily find the industry you need by browsing major industry categories from construction to utilities, or even do a keyword search of the profile data itself. A typical profile is a wealth of useful information and statistics on employment, layoffs, occupational breakdown, projections, earnings, workplace injuries, productivity, trends, and more. Consider this site if you need authoritative statistical data on major industries.