In doing some research on the Burlington, NC and Alamance County areas, I remembered to use the resources in my own arsenal of information sites. I like to consider them my gold mine.
If you have ever wondered just how much information is available on any one area, then you need to check out Melissa Data. There are pay portions to this site, which I'm sure are worth every penny ... but I am extremely fond of the free tools and lookups that they provide.
Ever wondered how many businesses are in any given area? Well, using the Burlington, NC zip code I found out that there are 3,137 businesses in this particular zip code. That list is broken down by category ... an example such as this ...
It's a wonderful tool! Check it out, bookmark it, and use it! Just think of the edge it can give you during a tour of homes with a new buyer ... or the info it can give you when doing that presentation to a potential seller.