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Company Research

This guide identifies sources for basic business and company information, but not specific resources for broad business disciplines such as accounting, marketing or management.

Annual Reports

Annual reports are documents published by public companies discussing their products and financial position for the previous year. Annual reports typically include the following:

  • A letter from the "Chairman of the Board" to the shareholders
  • Financial statements including sales, stock, and marketing data
  • Information about products and subsidiaries
  • A list of directors and officers of the company

For private companies that are subsidiaries of public companies, annual reports are often the only way to locate information about their operations. One of the easier ways to locate a particular company's annual report is to go to Google and type (using quotations) "Name of company" and "annual report". The following resources index the full text of annual reports:

Annual Reports.com
Search by Company Name for the most recent annual report.

Public Register Online
Free annual report web site providing online access to a directory of over 4,500 annual reports and 10-K filings. Additional companies are added daily.