We do get asked once in awhile for a W-9 form and that could be because we were once a start-up and privately owned (2006-2014).  Plus, we work hard at getting to know our customers and their business needs which could lead some people to think we are not part of a multi-billion company (Gannett - The USA Today Network®).
Here are some sources of the W-9 and 1099-MISC instructions we found:

On our website we clearly state that we are product and service of Gannett USA Today Network.

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