Opposition researchers looking for information about small companies often strike out using Google and major business publications like the Wall Street Journal. To find information about small privately held companies researchers should focus on local print media. Contact the local newspaper to see if they have a reporter who covers local business. Business reporters can be very helpful with information about the company and sources for further local research. A directory of local newspapers can be found at Thelocalpapers.com. One of the best media sources available for local business information is the BizJournal.com archives. American City Business Journals, Inc. publishes a print edition weekly in 55 markets throughout the county. BizJournal.com also offers company profiles on 880,000 public and private companies. If the company has been out of business for a number of years don't overlook the possibility the local historical society may have information about the company. Smaller town and county historical societies are often staffed by volunteers who know everyone and everything that goes on around town. They are almost always willing to talk at length about the history of local businesses. A useful list of online state and local historical societies can be found here. A directory of over 4,000 historical societies can be found here.