Business information (company histories and financials, market research reports, consumer data, SWOT analyses, business news, industry performance, etc.) is compiled and written by analysts and sometimes journalists.
When and Why You Should Use Business Information:
Remember: the availability of company information is sometimes impacted by whether the company is public or private; the size of the company; where the company is located; and, how visible the company is (or has been) to the news media.
It's a good idea to get a basic understanding of the larger industry before you analyze consumer behaviors and customers. The resources below can help.
The resources below offer company profiles and snapshots, which offer excellent overviews of a company in an easy-to-read format.
For the most up-to-date company information, look for articles in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications. Try some of the suggested resources for articles below.
The type and amount of information you will find on a company depends upon several factors. Before you begin your research, ask yourself these questions:
1. Are there variations of the company name?
Different research resources may use alternative spellings or abbreviations of a company name. Some databases require a ticker symbol to find company information.
2. Is the company public or private?
It is usually easier to find information on public companies. Try these tips for finding and using information on private companies:
3. What about the company's "family tree"?
Is it a parent company? Division of another? Foreign-owned? Family-owned?
4. Is the company newsworthy?
Companies tend to be in the news when they want the PR, when they are performing extremely well, or when they are having problems. Even a small private company may be considered newsworthy by local press.
- Content adapted from Butler University Libraries 'Company Research' guide.