Many companies today have public websites that contain a lot of pertinent information and it is worthwhile to locate this important source of information.
State of Washington Corporation Search
From the Office of Secretary of State, this page now offers additional information, such as names of officers and directors, when you search for registered corporations.
Here are some additional ways to discover company information:
Industry Classification Codes
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual (via U. S. Census Bureau)
“The standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.” More info in Census Bureau FAQ.
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code Manual (via U. S. Department of Labor)
An older classification system replaced by NAICS in 1997. “There will be no further revisions of the SIC, which was last updated in 1987. It is possible that other organizations and state and local agencies are continuing to use the SIC for their own purposes, but these non-statistical uses are outside the scope of the Federal economic statistical programs.” Quote from Census Bureau FAQ.
NAICS / SIC Codes Look-up and Conversion Table
Convert NAICS to SIC or vice versa. The code manual sites above have search features, but no conversion.
Annual Corporate Reports
Publically Owned Companies
From the U.S. Securities and Exchange Companies [SEC], this site allows you to search more than 20 million filings from public companies. The SEC offers a quick guide to EDGAR and some fast answers about annual reports at its site. All publicly-traded companies in the U.S. must file regular financial reports with the SEC. These filings include the annual report (known as the 10-K). Note that these SEC reports sometimes contain more details than the versions companies release to shareholders.
Other places to find annual reports:
- AnnualReports.com Boasts of having the most complete and up-to-date listings of annual reports on the internet.
- Order Annual Reports Will send annual reports to your inbox.
- The Annual Reports Library On the web since December 1997
Privately Owned Companies
Are not required to make information about their financial condition public. Private companies usually do not produce annual reports which are available to the public.
So, where can you find some information about them?
The best search strategy is to look for articles in newspapers and journals, search business directories, consult trade associations, find local sources, and search the Internet for information.
Wall Street Journal: Digits “Tech news & analysis.”
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Business Intelligence Blogs
“Provides insight into dashboards, business intelligence and data visualization.”
“Wanders out on the far end of the many faces of the data industry (aka, business intelligence and other names), where technology fits over the tender and irregular human profile. That’s where interesting things happen.”
Domo: Business Intelligence & Analytics Blog
“Musings, insights, and creative solutions” from the business intelligence and data visualization software company Domo.
Visual Business Intelligence
A blog by Stephen Few, “a leading expert in data visualization for sensemaking and communication.”
Wall Street Journal: The Numbers
“Examines the way numbers are used, and abused.”
Stocks and Finance
“Get real-time stock quotes & charts, financial news, currency conversions, or track your portfolio.”
“Resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators.”
“Stock Market Quotes, Business News and Financial News from the leading provider MarketWatch.com, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.”
NASDAQ Stock Market
“Official site of The NASDAQ Stock Market featuring free stock quotes, stock exchange prices, stock market news, and online stock trading tools.”
New York Stock Exchange
“New, current data, and other information.”
“Stock discussion forums.”
“Free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, message boards, and mortgage rates.”
Wall Street Journal: Market Data
“Financial stock market overview with major US stock indexes, currencies, futures, rates, currencies and ETFs. A complete overview of US market data.”
Wall Street Journal: Markets
“Follow the latest Wall Street Journal news on stock markets, finance, banks, hedge funds and private equity, with quotes for stocks, stock indexes and ETFs.”
Wall Street Journal: Money Beat
Blog with “Up-to-the-minute news and analysis on deals, markets and finance around the world.”