Many company research firms have staffs that seek out — by phone, fax, or other means — information on smaller companies in a wide variety of industries. These companies often allow smaller companies to submit information on themselves, which is then confirmed.
Also, as many smaller, growth-oriented firms complete public stock offerings, they have to submit to the same disclosure requirements affecting the Fortune 500. Today, there is more highly detailed, publicly available information on firms with fewer than 100 employees than ever before.
Here’s some resources to help you in your search:
- Trade magazines;
- Trade associations or organizations specific to the type of business you are researching;
- Industry Web sites and e-mail newsletters;
- Annual reports;
- The local Chamber of Commerce.