How to Use the SIC Search Feature

Did you know that SimplyMap allows you to search for businesses by NAICS or SIC codes? Searching by these codes is a great alternative to the general keyword search. Using the keyword search function to search for a business is the quickest method of compiling a business report or placing businesses onto a map. But searching by keyword may result in a broad mix of different business types. Narrow your search to a specific business classification type to generate more meaningful results.

Let’s take a look at an example of searching for coffee shops by SIC code in Austin, Texas.

First, Click on New Tabular > Business Report to start a new report.


Open the locations panel, and search by City > Austin. Next, open the Businesses panel to bring up the New business search. Click on the Add Condition button to bring up your options.

Exporting Shapefiles in SimplyMap

Did you know that SimplyMap includes the ability to export Shapefile data for use in desktop mapping software (such as MapInfo or ArcGIS)? This advanced feature extends the power of SimplyMap and allows for increased data manipulation and mapping capabilities for advanced users or GIS professionals. Let’s take a look at the exporting process with an example.

To export shapefiles from any map, select Actions > Export Shapefiles.


The shapefiles export menu will appear. Follow the 5 easy steps shown and depicted below to receive your shapefiles.

SimplyMap Tip: Saved Tabs

In this week’s SimplyMap tip, we wanted to do a quick write up reminding users about the Saved Tabs feature within SimplyMap.

Did you know that SimplyMap will automatically save all of your work on maps or reports? Although your tabs will save by default, there is a separate option to delete your tab/work. Please note that deleted tabs cannot be recovered.

Let’s take a look at how this works. Firstly, identify a tab you would like to close – we have a Business Report titled Full-Service Restaurants – Raleigh. Next, click on the respective tab and choose the Close option.