As many of you probably know, Google has announced a finance offering (Google Finance)that people can use to find information about public companies. It is a great site that has many of the features of the Yahoo (YHOO) finance offering and even links to many of the Yahoo finance pages.

What isn’t being mentioned too much is the fact that you can use Google Finance to do research on privately held companies. Much of the information comes from sources such as Hoovers, but you are probably already visiting Google (GOOG) and the way that they compile the data makes it very readable.

Take a look at a few Buffalo area companies. This is a great tool if you like to follow news about your employer, or if you are researching a potential employer in search of a new job.

Poke around at Google finance. The site is fun and useful.