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Finding Information about Businesses

Private vs. Public - What's the difference?

Private Companies:

  • may be corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships
  • may be large or small (example of large private company: Mars)
  • not required to divulge details about company financials, business practices, etc. -- unless required by law to do so

Public Companies:


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