I recently spoke to a fellow searcher, and he is in contact with a family office manager interested in investing in small business deals.

The catch is this guy is keen on industry focused searches, and would require a term-paper sized analysis on what industries would be in the scope of the search, fundamentals of companies operating in the industries, and that these industries would be large enough (given any geographic constraints) to reasonably identify an opportunity.

My friend suggested the AtoZdatabases platform for some initial research, but it doesn't have great filters overall to find relevant info.

Are there any other good resources which may provide company and industry details, given a many direct (not broker assisted) search?