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ReferenceUSA is a business contact database covering 14 million US businesses. Now, you can search using an interactive map. First, click ‘Custom Search’ to get started. Then click ‘Geography’ to see ‘Map Based Search’ as an option. Then, click on ‘Open Map’ to start searching. There’s a quick tutorial to help you get started.
The mapping feature lets you narrow down on businesses within a geographical area, such as a business park (using the ‘draw shape’ option) or using a radius (using the ‘define radius option) from a specific location. Once you have a result set, you can then continue to narrow down your search results by various criteria. You can use more than one shape or circle within a search, also. So you can look for all businesses with a specific NAICS that’s within a ten mile radius of a specific address, for example.
The ‘boundary select’ option lets you easily set up boundaries by zip code, neighborhood, and more.
The ‘drive route’ option lets you set up a driving route from an address to another, and then select businesses that are within that route, give or take a buffer distance. So, you can search for all dry cleaners that are in your daily commute, for example.
You can of course also search first, and then map your search results to the interactive map.