Business directory

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An example page from Pigot's 1839 directory of businesses in the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex in England.
An example page from a directory for the city of Macon, 1866

A business directory is a website or printed listing of information which lists businesses within niche based categories. Businesses can be categorized by niche, location, activity, or size. Business may be compiled either manually or through an automated online search software. Online yellow pages are a type of business directory, as is the traditional phone book.[1] The details provided in a business directory may vary. They may include the business name, addresses, telephone numbers, location, contact information, type of service or products the business provides, the number of employees, the served region and any professional associations.[2]

Some directories include a section for user reviews, comments, and feedback. Business directories in the past would take a printed format but have recently been upgraded to websites due to the advent of the internet.[3]

Many business directories offer complimentary listings in addition to the premium options. There are many business directories and some of these have moved over to the internet and away from printed format. Whilst not being search engines, business directories often have a search function, enabling users to search businesses by Zip Code, country, state, area or city.[4]


Business directories can be in either hard copy or in digital format. Ease of use and distribution means that many trade directories have a digital version.

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  1. ^ Tribune, West Central (2019-03-04). "Business Directory 2019 now available online". Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  2. ^ Gibbons, Serenity. "How Small Businesses Can Master The Art Of Selling On Amazon". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  3. ^ hours, Insolvency Enquiry; Business, please contact the Department for; Energy; on 020 7215 1000, Industrial Strategy Press Office. "Online small business directory shut down by court". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  4. ^ "Las Cruces Business Directory, a New Local Business Directory for Las Cruces New Mexico Businesses, Covering Business Listings, Restaurants, Hotels and Events - Press Release - Digital Journal". Retrieved 2019-03-20.