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INLab@HCC (Dale Mabry): Business Research

Research companies and industries


State and local:

About researching private companies

Finding information about private companies may be challenging, if not impossible.

Because private companies are not publicly traded, they are not required to report This significant information to government agencies.

The resources on this page and the next may lead you to information on private companies beyond what you might discover from web searches.

Article databases

Business and industry publications:

Daily newspapers:

Business resources at the public library (HCPLC)

For more business resources, visit the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative website.  You will need your free HCPLC Library card. Apply online to get your library card faster. Or, to find your closest public library branch, select locations.

Once you've got your card, go to their Learning & Research and select business and investments.  Of particular interest are Reference USA, ValueLine, and Mergent Online.

Business resources at USF Libraries (Tampa campus)

HCC students can access business resources at the USF Tampa Library. You must be physically present at the library to use their databases - no remote access if you are not enrolled at USF. Bring your HawkCard to the library and request a public computer. You will be given a login/password.

From the public computer, log on to USF Library Databases. From the subjects dropdown, select Business. Of particular interest are Business Market Research CollectionWard's Business Directory of US Private and Public Companies, and IBISWorld.