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USA.gov 
How do I start a small business?

USA.gov Small business in Alabama? 
How do I do business in Alabama? Start a business in Alabama?

USA.Gov Importing and Exporting 
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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

Security Exchange Commission (SEC) Online Information for Investors 
 

Industry Information

EDGAR

EDGAR Company Filings 
Search EDGAR for free access to more than 21 million filings from public companies. EDGAR, is the SEC'Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system.  

How Do I Use EDGAR?
This tutorial describes the various ways web users can search EDGAR for real-time filings and other company information.

Researching Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors 
To use EDGAR most effectively, you should know which categories of information appear in which SEC filings and which search methods will work best. You also should understand the system’s limitations. In this guide, you’ll find tips for using EDGAR and answers to frequently asked questions about researching public companies. 

 

Fast Answers! EDGAR Forms

SEC Filings
The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires publicly held companies to file discloser documents on a regular basis.  The Form 10-K , Form 10-Q and Form 8-K and other documents are available to the public on the SEC site. 

Form 10-K filings 

  • Audited
  • Annual 
  • Only public companies required to file

Form 10-K provides a comprehensive overview of a company's business and financial condition and includes audited financial statements.  The 10-K is an audited annual form distinct from a company's annual report to shareholders. 
 To find a particular company's  10-K form search the EDGAR database. 

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Form 10-Q

  • Unaudited
  • Quarterly reports due on the first three fiscal quarters
  • Only public companies required to file

The Form 10-Q includes unaudited financial statements and provides a continuing view of the company's financial position during the year. The report must be filed for each of the first three fiscal quarters of the company's fiscal year. Use the EDGAR database to locate a company's Form 10-Q.

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Form 8-K

Form 8-K is the “current report” companies must file with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about.  You can find a company's Form 8-K on the EDGAR database. 

Case Studies & Working Papers

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Arthur Anderson Case Studies in Business Ethics
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Case Studies : Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics  
The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics is an independent entity established in partnership with Business Roundtable- an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S.. economy - to enhance the link between ethical behavior and business practice. It is housed at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. 

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MIT Sloan Management School 
LearningEdge ; a free learning resource for management educators and students.

 

Harvard Business Review Case Studies