Getting started

Is Map Business Online (MBO) Brand New to You? Please check these simple instructions on getting started. is a Web application – sometimes called Web service or Cloud service. You can access the mapping tool through your standard Web browser – Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. When using MBO from Web browser you don’t have to install or download the application. It does require Adobe Flash Player. Most browsers come with Adobe Flash Player installed out of the box. In case you need to install Adobe Flash Player, just go by the link to install it.

We also provide an out-of-browser version of Map Business Online application called MBO Windows/macOS App. The application runs on desktop, laptop, and tablet computers operated by Windows or macOS. Map Business Online App’s setup program can be downloaded by the link.

Logging In

You’ll be using your email address (for example to log into MBO. There’s a ‘forgot password’ link at the login page in case you forget or need to change your password.

Your First Map

Upon opening Map Business Online for the first time you get a map of the United States or Canada, depending on your version. You can Zoom way in or out using the Zoom Tool in the upper right corner of the map. Notice you can also click the USA flag icon to zoom to a full USA view or use the Magnifier button to draw zoom rectangles on the map. Click that magnifier off when you are done.

As a business map user you probably want to place business locations on the map. You can input an address in the Address Bar in the upper left hand corner of the map – white bar next to the binoculars. Click the Binoculars when you’re finished entering: Address, Town, State or just key in a ZIP code to zoom to that zip.

Another way to enter a location on the map is to drop down on the Draw Tools (ABC button on the toolbar) and pick the Red Map Tack tool. Now click the map where you want a point placed.

With either address input or map tack placement a point is placed on the map and a little tool bar shows beneath that point. That tool bar lets you create a Circle or Drive Time search, save the point in a database, or delete the point.

Import a Spreadsheet of Locations

To place multiple points on the map, create a spreadsheet and import it into MBO using the Plot Data button – Red Map Tack with the Plus sign. Make sure your spreadsheet is location based, like this:

NameAddressCityStateZip codeOther
Frank Francis17 Norwood AveRockportMA01966Mow lawn
Bill Clinton10 Main StHarlemNY10027Find emails

If your data has nicely named columns like the above example, importing data should be a breeze. After you’ve browsed to your data you’ll click through an address dialog followed by a field selection page. You can select five flex fields to show certain data when you hover over the map points on the map. After that page just click Plot Data On Map.

Symbolize & Color Code

After you plot data the Data Window appears so you can see your spreadsheet in Map Business Online. If you like you can color code and symbolize your data at that time. But you don’t have to, if you want to focus on other things.

To color-code choose one of several symbolization buttons on the tool bar – using it’s the three colored ball button. Pick your data, choose which column in your data to color code by and select symbols, colors and sizes. You are now officially a user of Map Business Online. Use the Help button to learn about more processes or go to our YouTube site for video tutorials.