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Fayetteville looks to startups as driver of new economic plan

By Stacy Ryburn

This article was published January 8, 2017 at 1:07 a.m.

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Amy Zubrzycki (right), vice president of customer service for Menguin, works with customers over a laptop computer Thursday alongside Jessica Phillippe, a customer service representative, at the company’s office in Fayetteville. The company, which provides online tuxedo rentals and support for formal gatherings, plans to move to a larger location in response to the company’s growth.

Deliverables and performance measures

The city will pay local consultant Startup Junkie $12,500 per month as part of its Fayetteville First economic initiative. It also has a $360,000 contract over two years with the Chamber of Commerce to focus on business retention.

Startup Junkie’s duties are as follows, as outlined in the contract:

Support a collaborative entrepreneurial/innovative environment.

Increase high-tech job growth and University of Arkansas partnerships.

Create innovative spaces and programs to support entrepreneurs.

Expand entrepreneurship education programs.

Support the growing local artisan food and craft-beverage industry.

Support talent attraction, retention and development.

Collaborate with the city for communication to the public.

Report outcomes.

Source: City of Fayetteville

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To read the city’s economic plan, go to startupcityofthesouth.com.

An online tuxedo-rental store might seem like a kooky idea. Investors in Atlanta told Bogdan Constantin and his two business partners as much.

Deliverables and performance measures

The city will pay local consultant Startup Junkie $12,500 per month as part of its Fayetteville First economic initiative. It also has a $360,000 contract over two years with the Chamber of Commerce to focus on business retention.

Startup Junkie’s duties are as follows, as outlined in the contract:

Support a collaborative entrepreneurial/innovative environment.

Increase high-tech job growth and University of Arkansas partnerships.

Create innovative spaces and programs to support entrepreneurs.

Expand entrepreneurship education programs.

Support the growing local artisan food and craft-beverage industry.

Support talent attraction, retention and development.

Collaborate with the city for communication to the public.

Report outcomes.

Source: City of Fayetteville

Web watch

To read the city’s economic plan, go to startupcityofthesouth.com.

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