A company profile can be an excellent starting point for the broad picture of a company - brief history, products listed; location of major manufacturing facilities ; key executives (and sometimes salaries), and more. Note when the profile was issued (recent information won't be included). After reading a profile, consider searching in news or periodical databases for current information on your target company. And, if the company is "public", you might wish to look over financial data - sources from the Company Financial Information page.
Listed below are best bets for profiles:
More detailed histories can be found in these sources:
And, searching for historical news or historical stock prices on your target company can be useful. We have access to: