Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
 Home  (206) 934-4050  Ask the Library  Schedule a Research Appointment  Library Account/Renew
Library staff are currently working remotely. Information about library services and instruction/learning support during the pandemic is available here, REMOTE LIBRARY SERVICES

APPRL131: Business Practices in Fashion: Company profiles

Apparel company profile

This page will help students in Apparel 131, Business Practices in Fashion, complete their company profile assignment.

 

 Image source: mvs-impressions.blogspot.com‚Äč

Company / Industry information

Two library databases for finding company information and industry analysis are:

 

And some "free" web sources to check out:

Media coverage

Use the following tools to find media coverage of your company:

Social Media

Linked In Headquarters in Mountain View, California

Image Source: Wikimedia

LinkedIn is the professional version of Facebook: a social network for jobs, companies, and business. You can use the basic search box at the top of the LinkedIn home page to search for companies and people. Though some information might be brief, it's a great place to look if you can't find anything in more traditional media outlets.

Glassdoor is kind of like Yelp, but with company information instead of restaurant information. The default search is for jobs, but you can change the search to Companies & Reviews for more relevant information. Also contains salary information.

Try searching Comparably for information similar to that on Glassdoor.

Public or private?

Is the company public or private?

Public companies are required to file financial statements like balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow with the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). This information is then publicly available through sites like EDGAR. In EDGAR search results, look for Form 10-K, which is a company's annual report, or report to their shareholders. It's usually the easiest format to read this type of information.

Private companies, on the other hand, are required to present no such information to the public. This makes researching private companies more difficult.

An easy way to find out if a company is public or private is to search Google Finance. If you see a ticker, or stock price box, the company is public.

Company web sites

Use Google to find your company's web site. Company web sites generally include information like company/business description, company history, organizational mission and goals, and more.

Look for sections called about, investor relations (which might include the annual report), history, and mission.

Ask a librarian

Welcome to Winter, 2021!  During covid, Seattle Central College library faculty will be available to help you via 1:1 research appointments on zoom or phone.

And! Select the blue text/tabs above to learn more about contact options: email, appointment, or chat!

 

undefined

During fall quarter, the librarians are providing one-on-one research appointments via Zoom video conference or on the phone. 

Research appointments can help you select a research topic, find credible sources for a paper, create citations for your sources, or just talk through something you feel "stuck" on in your research.

Feel free to schedule an appointment:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

After you schedule an appointment, you will get confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting room and a phone number with pass code.

Note: We are willing to figure out a better time to help you if these hours don't work with your schedule. Just send us an email or leave a voice message so we can set up a mutually convenient time.

undefined

You can always get help with research, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our partner librarians at other colleges are ready and waiting.

During fall quarter, your very own Seattle Central librarians are online to chat with you:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sat: 12:30pm - 1:30pm