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Finding Information about Businesses

Learn more about types of business and how to find information about them.

Private vs. Public - What's the difference?

Private Companies

  • may be corporations, partnerships and soleTillamook Cheese factory building from a distance with a large dark cloud above it. 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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