Startup Junkie is partnering with the Tahlequah Regional Development Authority (TRDA) to study the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tahlequah, Okla. and the surrounding Cherokee County region.
Through this study, Startup Junkie Foundation intends to create a roadmap for the Northeast Oklahoma to create a “thriving venture ecosystem.” The study will entail Startup Junkie consultants assessing the Tahlequah area’s economic landscape and then developing a network of resource partners to help build the economic viability roadmap
Martha Londagin, Startup Junkie Foundation executive consultant and Delaware County, Okla., resident, will lead the project in Tahlequah, will lead the project, which launched on Feb. 1. Startup Junkie will be collaborating with the city of Tahlequah to support small businesses and new ventures over the coming 10 years.
“I have worked with Startup Junkie for many years and know the expertise they bring to the table,” TRDA president Nathan Reed said in a statement.“Martha and the team that will be working locally in Tahlequah will be able to help our area small businesses and entrepreneurs receive the help they need to grow and thrive. TRDA is excited to create a partnership with the City of Tahlequah, Startup Junkie Foundation, the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Tahlequah Regional Development Authority to make sure every opportunity is identified to support the businesses and individuals that make up our amazing region. We plan to use this roadmap to propel Tahlequah forward.”
As part of the initiative, Londagin will be meeting with community leaders and stakeholders to develop an economic assessment. “Four lines of my family have lived in or owned small businesses in Tahlequah since the late1890s, and my husband is an NSU graduate,” said Londagin. “I have a lifetime of experiences here and a great desire to be allowed the opportunity to serve and support Tahlequah in the coming months.
The roadmap project is set to end in May. Once Startup Junkie delivers its recommendations in May, the TRDA is charged with implementing the roadmap.