Welcome. The old Google Places for Business Help Forum has now been renamed the Google and Your Business – Google Product Forums.
If you are having issues or problems with your Places entry or the new +Local Business page under you +Profile which you have merged with the Places Google+ search result then you can get help here.
The top contributors including myself as SQLPerformance can give you guidance for self help.
Our Google Places Blueprint offers a self-help guide to getting you started with a local business listing on Google Places. Included is basic help to optimize the listing to help users find your business. With 15 minutes of free consultancy from me for any issues or ranking help. I offer this via email, Skype or a phone in service.
The blueprint helps you to get your business listed on the first page on Google
A SEO client of mine has made this YouTube video for me
Good luck with your Places entry and +Local Business page.
Cheers. Andrew B.Sc. MBCS C.Eng CITP