~ researching private companies ~

Finding documentation on a private business may take a little more digging than uncovering background on a publicly traded company. One of the resources you may have overlooked is the Small Business Administration database of companies to which they’ve made loans. The returns can include the gross receipts of the business, number of employees and owners.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) produces a monthly report of its litigation with companies. The online site doesn’t have a database but you can quickly create one using Google, giving you an on-the-spot search by keyword of all the posted monthly reports. At the Google search box enter the name of the company, followed by the site to be searched. If the business name is “Amycel”, your search would be formulated like this:

amycel site:http://www.eeoc.gov/litigation/settlements/

The Google result will return all pages in the litigation monthly reports that mention Amycel. Unfortunately, the online reports only cover those issued since December 2002.

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