I don't mean to jack your thread but that's exactly what I'm trying to do over athttp://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=17167.0
I have already contacted 3 local business and got them on the know with Bitcoins, they are very excited;
and if you haven't heard, Meze Grill in mid-town Manhattan is actually accepting Bitcoin payments based on live mtGox pricing! I've been getting feedback from the owner and writing an Merchant Android app to ease the payment process.
Lots of stuff going on! not to mention some personal stuff. e.g. day job or my private pool.
Its alright we don't have to compete with ideas we meege them together.
the project part of the project would be providing a framework so that a person in his or her given locality can get the tools they need - to help business owners and individuals convert part of their business into 1 that supports and deals in bitcoins
almost like a social network that is built around bitcoins... where the main focus is fostering growth instead of social interaction