Comprehensive resources for company research

Below are resources you may use to locate information about public or private companies and CEOs or other executives

  • COCC Barber Library business databases:
    Business Insights Global
    Business Source Complete
    LexisNexis Academic
    Regional Business News

    Wall Street Journal

  • Google Finance – use for current financial news, real-time stock quotes & charts .

  • Deschutes Public Library’s ReferenceUSA – great for private companies, branches and subsidiaries. You must have a DPL card and bar code to access remotely!  

What is the difference between "public" and "private" companies

Public companies have shares that are publicly traded on the stock market. Disclosure laws require public companies to reveal information that would affect the financial decisions of investors, such as the company's financial statements or the fact that the company is facing a lawsuit. Because of these laws, it is much easier to find information about public companies. To determine if a company is public: 

Go to EDGAR, the free Web database provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at http://www.sec.gove/edgar.shtml and use the search box to enter the company name. If you find reports in EDGAR, that means the company is public.

Private companies do not sell stock to the general public and the stock is not traded on an exchange. Private corporations are usually controlled by a small number of shareholders – generally the founder(s) of the corporation and possibly a small group of investors .

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