Industrial Code Tool

A patron recently approached the desk to ask for listings of businesses in Mexico that distributed plus sized women’s clothing. I knew that I could help point him in the right direction with NAICS and SIC code information. One tool I found online was


The site is a bit ad-heavy and some information is for sale, but there are some helpful free portions as well. For example, we discovered the SIC code he sought was 5137. So we searched that and found this:


So this information can be helpful. Further, once I clicked the green tab on the right marked “Industry Description” it took me to this more detailed description of this particular industry:

When I scrolled down further I found specific market information, and listings of related 6, 7 and 8 digit SIC codes for similar industries:


Finally, when I clicked “Market Analysis—Sample Companies” for the company La Blanca here is what came up:


In the final analysis, this site is limited by the amount of ads and the for profit nature of it, but it could be useful to a point. At any rate it is good to know the tool, even with its limitations.


Taking a High School Equivalency Test in Tennesse

Taking a High School Equivalency test in Tennessee

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the GED—it’s the test that for years we have known one could take to earn a high school diploma instead of graduating in the conventional sense. Did you know that the GED is no longer offered in the state of Tennessee? The new official test is the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

It can be a bit confusing to figure out how to take the official HiSET and earn a diploma, so here is the process, according to Customer Service for the HiSET test.  Essentially one is required to first take the official practice test for the HiSET. For Memphis here are the official sites where one may do so:

Building Address City Zip Phone
Idlewild Presbyterian Church 1750 Union Avenue Memphis 38104 844-721-8800
Midtown Church of Christ 1930 Union Avenue Memphis 38104 844-721-8800
Randolph Library – Memphis Public Library 3752 Given Avenue Memphis 38122 844-721-8800
Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-Entry 1362 Mississippi Blvd. Memphis 38106 844-721-8800
Workforce Investment Network 480 Beale Street Memphis 38103 844-721-8800
Sexton Community Center 1235 Brown Avenue Memphis 38126 844-721-8800

Once the practice test is officially passed, the tester will receive the paperwork necessary to schedule and take the official test. Once the official test is satisfactorily passed then the individual is now a holder of an official diploma, valid in all states!

Senior Retirement Housing Guide

Every November, The Best Times Magazine prints its Mid-South Senior Retirement Housing Guide. The Guide provides information on retirement facilities, independent and assisted living homes. Their services, features, and amenities, along with the number of units and their the monthly fees are also included.


Manualslib – The Ultimate Manuals Library

This site contains lots of free users guides uploaded by people who held on to the instruction booklet for their refrigerator, computer, dishwasher, remote control, etc. Over 700,000 pdf’s are on the site. Just use the search box to type in what manual you are looking for. From the site, “Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages.” You can view the manual or download it to your computer by an add on. All manuals are only available in PDF.

You can also share the pages of the manual on social media, if you like. Just click, “share this page”.

Likewise, you can even upload a manual to a product that you don’t see on the page. Instructions are available on the home page.

Store, Restaurant, and Post Office Hours

This website provides store and restaurant hours, along with their address, phone number, and weblink. It is extremely useful for its post office locations, which include phone numbers to individual locations. A map also shows where the business is. A driving map finder is available on the site from Yahoo! maps. Other cities besides Memphis are provided by state and then city.

America’s Cuisine

From the site, “America’s Cuisine has assembled 2,153 recipes from the nation’s best restaurants. The country’s finest chefs reveal their secrets in our extensive collection of restaurant recipes. These printable restaurant recipes can be prepared at home to satisfy your culinary cravings!” Recipes range from appetizers to desserts.

Restaurants in different cities are listed, including those in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Memphis restaurants are well represented and include everything from “Chez Phillippe” to “Automatic Slim’s”. Each restaurant includes the address, the chef, some recipes, and where they are located.



Biodiversity Heritage Library

From the site: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats. ” Browsing is available by Title, Author, Subject, and Year. Searching can be done by Author, Subject, Scientific Name, and Book/Journal Title. The record or the full book can be viewed. More than 53,000 titles and 102,000 volumes can be browsed or searched, including over 1 million species. Rare scientific texts are also shown.