How to Locate a Business Address

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Whether you are searching for a job, trying to find new sales leads, or need a product or service, knowing how to get there is half the battle. Television and radio advertisements fly by so quickly that it's hard to retain all the pertinent information, such as a company's location or address. Corresponding with a company via postal mail can be even more difficult when they use more than one mailing address and have several locations. Read on to learn how to locate a business address when you need it.

How will you use the address? If you will be visiting this company, you'll need a physical street address. If you are mailing correspondence, you'll need a mailing address as well as the name, title (if any) and department of the person to whom you are sending mail.

Locate a local physical address by consulting your telephone directory, or by using your favorite search engine. When looking in telephone directories, check both white and yellow page listings. Some directories also include a section specifically for businesses. For new companies, the Internet can give more reliable results than annually published telephone directories.

Visit a mapping website, such as Google Maps, Yahoo Maps or Mapquest, and enter in the physical address. If you need driving directions, you will also need to enter in a starting point. Use city and county maps to pinpoint local companies.

Call the company's listed phone number to verify your directions or get more specific details, including area landmarks and other street names that may not be listed on an Internet or paper map.

Obtain the company's mailing address by calling their toll-free customer service line, or by contacting the person with whom you are corresponding. Ask them to provide you with the correct mailing address, including zip code, to ensure that your letter or package will get to the proper department.

Call your city's Chamber of Commerce office, if you cannot find a local business listed in the telephone directory.

Visit your local library's reference section, and look for community, county or state directories.

Seek out affiliation and association listings. For example, if you are seeking a listing for a doctor, check with the American Medical Association. Attorneys can be found through the American Bar Association. Use your search engine to look up a particular industry (architecture, food, insurance) and any national organizations related to that field.

Tips & Warnings

  • Internet maps and driving directions may not take into account new developments within a city, nor construction detours.

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