Web tools for Investigating Private Businesses
- 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.