Arlington County has a wealth of resources to help all of its businesses thrive. A combination of County resources, business improvement districts and community resources create an ecosystem that fosters growth and success.
The Commissioner of Revenue is responsible for assessing County taxes, including business license tax and custodial tax, including meals tax, short-term rental tax, transit occupancy (hotel) tax and others.
The Constituent Services Team helps ensure Arlington’s government works for all those living, working, conducting business or visiting the County. The team provides a link between residents, businesses, visitors and employees who have problems or are seeking information and solutions. Within the Constituent Services Team sits the Business Ombudsman, who works in partnership with the business community to help resolve issues and identify potential improvements to County administrative processes.
CPHD is comprised of six divisions: Planning, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Zoning, Inspection Services and Business Operations. Those most often useful to the business community include:
The Treasurer is an elected official whose main responsibility is collecting the County’s taxes, including business taxes.
BizLaunch is a small business and entrepreneurial assistance network. They offers nearly 40 workshops and seminars every year, all aimed at helping local entrepreneurs and small business owners plan, develop and grow their businesses.
The Arlington Public Library offers a Business Librarian who can help business owners focus business research questions, identify high-quality business or investment research tools and learn how to access and search the Library’s business or investment research tools.
Arlington is home to neighborhood-based partnerships and Business Improvement Districts, also referred to as BIDs. These organizations work with business owners and residents within their prospective neighborhood to build community and strengthen economic vitality.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization of approximately 700 businesses. Businesses and nonprofits join the Chamber for networking and business development, community engagement, educational opportunities, marketing and to influence the voice of the business community through government affairs and advocacy. The Chamber’s efforts are focused on business-to-business and business-to-community opportunities and they host more than 100 events a year.