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Company Type

Begin your research by determining the company type, public or private, domestic or international.  Also try to find a company's corporate relationships, i.e. parent company, subsidiary or division.  You may use Wikipedia for this information. 


  • Public or publicly traded company: Trades on a stock market and sells stock to the public; Required by the federal government and most state governments to disclose company information, such as operational and financial data.

  • Private or privately held company: Owned by a set of individuals (sole proprietor, partners, etc.); Does not sell stock to the public, and normally exempt from disclosing company information.

  • Parent company: Operates and controls other separately chartered businesses.

  • Subsidiary: A separately chartered business that is owned or controlled by another company.


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