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MGMT 102 - Business Communication

Find information on your company

Company Profiles

The depth of information provided varies in each source but most include history, competitors, basic financials, as well as basic directory information. MarketLine Company Profiles (from Business Source Premier) is the best place to start for US companies.

Company Finances

US and international companies with publicly traded stock on US stock exchanges are required to file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These SEC documents are the source for financial information found in the resources listed below.

Industry Financial Ratios

Ratio sourcebooks contain financial and operating ratios, and composite balance sheet and income statements for specific industries, usually arranged by SIC or NAICS numbers. They can be used to provide guidance when putting together the financial section of your business plan. These are all available in print at 2 North Reference.

  • Dun and Bradstreet Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios Ref HF 5681 .R25 I525
  • RMA Annual Statement Studies Ref HF 5681 .R25 R6
  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios Ref HF 5681 .R25 T68
  • Financial Studies of the Small Business Ref. HD 2346 U5 F55a

Additional Sources for Company Research

Many additional resources for doing company research are listed on the following guide: