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Business Rankings Annual
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Researching Private Companies
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC Filings and Forms (EDGAR)
A public database of reports on publicly held corporations, which are required by federal law to file reports on their activities with the SEC. Most reports filed from 1994 to the present are publicly available through EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System) on this site. Information in these reports includes financial status, chief officers, stock information, company history, pending litigation that might have an economic impact on the company, and more. A brief tutorial for searching EDGAR is also provided.
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