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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privately_held_company

A privately held company, private company, or close corporation is a business company owned either by non-governmental organizations or by a relatively small number of shareholders or company members which does not offer or trade its company stock (shares) to the general public ... 1 State ownership vs. private ownership; 2 Ownership of stock; 3 Form of ...

www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/162.asp

May 10, 2017 ... Privately-held companies are owned by the company's founders, management, or group of private investors. Public companies are owned by ...

www.allbusiness.com/public-vs-private-companies-how-do-they-differ-2304-1.html

Wondering exactly what distinguishes a public company from a private one? Here's a quick guide to understanding these two ownership models.

www.forbes.com/2006/08/31/leadership-managing-ceos-cx_hc_0901pbuyouts

Sep 1, 2006 ... But lately Dunkin' Brands, which was recently sold off by its publicly traded parent company to a trio of private equity firms, has begun ...

www.forbes.com/2004/11/08/cx_sr_1108mondaymatchup

Nov 8, 2004 ... To go public or remain private--that's a nettlesome question for many companies. A public company has sold a portion of the business to the ...

smallbusiness.chron.com/difference-between-public-privately-held-companies-21649.html

The principal difference between public and privately held companies is that public companies have shares that can be publicly traded on a stock market.

www.thebalance.com/public-company-vs-private-company-what-s-the-difference-398422

Feb 14, 2017 ... The difference between public company and private company is explained in this article, including an explanation of a closely held company.

ventureburn.com/2013/06/thinking-of-going-public-heres-5-key-things-you-should-know

Jun 25, 2013 ... There comes a stage in every company's lifecycle when going public makes sense. It might be to maintain growth, pull off more aggressive ...

smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/public-vs-private-companies-differ-080000989.html

Most likely the company you own is a private company, one whose stock is held by one shareholder or a small group of shareholders. If you're contemplating ...