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Start-up Research Guide

Types of Companies

Determine whether a company is public, private or international.

Public
More information is available on companies trading on the stock market - SEC filings, annual reports, analysts' reports, news stories, books and case studies.

Private
Limited information is found on private companies - brief information in directories, news stories, and sometimes books.

International
Information on international companies varies. If a company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Try directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.


Hint: Search Hoover's to check if a company is public or private, and whether it is a parent or subsidiary.

Canadian Directories

Canadian Flag ImageThese directories provide basic information on Canadian companies, which may include address, number of employees and basic financials.

Company Information

Complete company search using these databases. Company coverage varies in each resource.

International Directories

Globe ImageThese directories provide basic information on International companies, which may include address, number of employees and basic financial information.

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