Arlington Paves Way for Small Business Kiosks

Arlington County is paving the way for permanent kiosks to be installed in urban areas, especially around Metro stations.

The Washington Post's Brigid Schulte outlined the county's plans for small businesses and landowners.

The idea is not only to enliven county streets but also to create more opportunities for small businesses, said Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette, who has been spearheading the initiative.

Fisette said he was inspired by kiosks in Burlington, Vt., and South Africa. Some sold food, others arts and crafts or coffee or flowers. Others rented sports equipment, such as in-line skates or bicycles, provided information or sold tickets.

In other Virginia news, Virginia recently launched Business One Stop, an online tool for entrepreneurs to find and complete forms to open their business.

The site can be reached from Virginia's business portal. The service will eventually incorporate more state and local information for entrepreneurs.

By Sharon McLoone |  June 13, 2008; 1:49 PM ET Tools and Tips
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