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Web tools for Investigating Private Businesses

From PI Newslink, the blog of private investigator, Tamara Thompson comes a pair of Web tools for finding documentation on a private business:

- The Small Business Administration maintains database of companies to which they've made loans. The returns can include the gross receipts of the business, number of employees and owners.

- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) produces a monthly report of its litigation with companies . The online site doesn't have a database but you can quickly create one using Google.

For example, if the business name is "Amycel", your Google search would be formulated like this: "amycel site:http://www.eeoc.gov/litigation/settlements/"

The Google result will return all pages in the litigation monthly reports that mention Amycel. Unfortunately, the online reports only cover those issued since December 2002.