How to Find Businesses in Your Area

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Finding businesses in your area can become a general requirement of day-to-day living. Whether you are seeking a dentist or a duct cleaner, several methods for finding businesses exist. Internet searches provide a convenient and quick alternative. They may not always return a comprehensive listing. Therefore, utilizing a combination of Internet and old-fashioned methods will ensure you a more comprehensive set of results.

Internet Business Search

Open your Web browser and type “Google.com.” Hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. In the search bar, type “businesses, YOUR AREA” where your area is the name of your city. For example, to search for businesses in Tampa, Florida, type “businesses, Tampa, Florida.”

Click “Local business results near YOUR AREA.” This will take you to the “Maps” section of Google’s website. Google will return the following for the example above: “Local business results for businesses, near Tampa, FL.”

Review the business listings. Google will provide a map that marks the location of each business in the listing and on the map. For example, “Pane Rustica” would be listed with a marker with the letter “B.” Pane Rustica is located where the “B” marker appears on the map.

Note the contact information including name, telephone number and address.

Internet Yellow Book Search

Open your Web browser and type “Yellowbook.com.” Hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

In the “What” search box at the top of the screen, type the business category you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for duct cleaners, type “duct” or “duct cleaners.”

Type your location in the “Where” search box at the top of the screen. Click “Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your computer’s keyboard.

Review the listings YellowBook.com returns. Note the contact information including name, telephone number and address.

Yellow Book Search

Select the appropriate book for searching for businesses. The “white pages” lists individuals, while the “yellow pages” lists businesses. Your local telephone company will send you an updated telephone book.

Locate the type of business you are looking for. Yellow pages are alphabetically categorized by business type. For example, if you are looking for a dentist, flip through the pages until you see “Dentists” at the top of the book.

Review the listings for your particular subject matter. Note the contact information including name, telephone number and address.

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