Search business listings

This article explains how to search and plot business listings in MapBusinessOnline.
See also: Search data by radius, Search data in polygon, Search data by drive time or distance, Search data by territory

MapBusinessOnline provides access to over 16 million U.S. business records that you can search by business name, industry, geography name or map drawing like radius or drive time polygon, annual sales, employees count, and location type.

  1. The business listings search is accessible by clicking the yellow pages with a binocular icon on the main toolbar.
  1. If you want to search businesses inside a radius or polygon, select a drawing figure and click the same icon on the figure’s mini-toolbar. For example, on the picture below we will search business listings in 150 miles radius around Salt Lake City.
  1. The Define search criteria dialog will popup. On the left side of the dialog there are tabs to choose a type of criteria like business name or sales. On the right side you will see the overall criteria you have selected. It also shows the number of records in your selection. Whenever you change the search criteria the Count button will appear to help you recalculate the number of records.
  1. You may have noticed the Green folder and Diskette icons above overall criteria. The last one allows you to save search criteria to be reused or edited later. With the first one you can select previously saved criteria.
  1. Let’s start by typing “Lennox” and “Fossil” into edit boxes on the Business name tab to find Lennox International and Fossil Group locations.
  1. You can quickly check whether a name you have entered is correct by clicking the Validate button. It will count number of businesses that match the name across the U.S.
  1. Now let’s go to the Industry tab to search by SIC or NAICS codes or code ranges. With NAICS you can specify industry at 2-digit sector level, 4-digit industry group level or 6-digit industry level. For SIC codes in addition to the standard 2-digit and 4-digit levels we also support 7-digit codes.
  1. To choose SIC instead of NAICS, first click the Green arrowhead adjacent to the “More options” text and then choose the Search by SIC code option.
  1. Type in industry codes or code ranges or press the Industry lookup button.
  1. In the Industry lookup dialog select one or more industries on the left and add the selection to the search criteria on the right by clicking the Blue arrow at the middle. Click Update search criteria button when ready.
  1. To navigate between industry levels use the Green arrowhead icons.
  1. Now we go to the Geography tab. The Circle or polygon tab gets automatically populated when you call the business listings search from a drawing figure’s mini-toolbar. By default, geography search is performed by ZIP code. You can validate a ZIP code or range entered by clicking the Validate button.
  1. To specify search by city or state use the More options control.
  1. You can narrow your search by annual sales on the Sales tab. Select the ranges you are interested in or use the custom sales range option available.
  1. Similarly look for businesses by the employee count on the Employees tab.
  1. Finally search by type and franchise status of a location on the Location type tab.
  1. Before we move forward, let’s check the criteria selections made. Press the Count button to view number of records selected. Save your criteria to be accessible later (remember the Diskette button above overall criteria?) Ready to go? Press Next.
  1. The Business list search limits dialog will appear for you to see how many business list search credits you have, with the link to purchase more credits if you don’t have enough credits now. Click Search and plot.
  1. MapBusinessOnline will start retrieving the business listings requested and upon completion will show the following dialog. Click Done.
  1. Next you will be offered to color-code the plotted business records. Let’s choose No this time.
  1. MapBusinessOnline will open Data window with found business listings selected. You may want to rename the results - just click the Pencil icon shown on the picture below.
  1. That’s it! Thank you for your attention!