Private company information can be difficult to find. Because private companies are not required by law to release any information to the public, there is often a limited amount of information available about them. Articles in trade journals and business newspapers are often the best sources of information on private companies.
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Database of full-text articles covering business, including management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business.
Why use articles?
Companies are often covered to a greater extent in their "hometowns" or in cities where they have extensive operations. Local newspapers may cover financial news, expansions (i.e. a new headquarters or the opening of a new manufacturing facility), charitable activities, and even corporate officers in greater detail than might be found in more general national newspapers and magazines.
When conducting company research, in order to have the most complete view of a company, including who they are "where they live," be sure to perform several searches in local publications.
Consider using a similar public company as a proxy
By researching a company that is similar to your own you may be able find analysis that explain key issues that could be affecting your project's company including opportunities and threats, consumer trends, and issues affecting the supply chain.