ASBTDC Success Story: Emily Young

Emily Young is a serial entrepreneur.

After founding a graphic design business called The Brainstorm Agency in 2014, it didn’t take her long to catch the business bug.

She teamed up with her parents to open Dog Ear Books in 2016. A bookstore that hosts live music, open mic nights and other events, Dog Ear Books is located in Russellville Downtown. It recently received the 2018 Best New Downtown Retail award from Main Street Arkansas.

Young is now working on her next project, an arcade in Russellville Downtown.

“The Garage Arcade will be a place where old school nostalgia meets new school experiences,” said Young. “We’ll have a wide range of 80s and 90s arcade games, snacks and an all-around cool place to hang out. You can come spend your lunch break with us or hang out all day. There will always be something new to play and cool people to hang out with.”

Young’s investment in the community has been reciprocated. She raised nearly $5,700 from 39 backers on an Indiegogo campaign supporting the arcade project. The money she raised allowed her to purchase her first two video game consoles, which contain about 150 games.

Each project has a common starting point — the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University.

“ASBTDC has helped me think about aspects of my businesses that I would have thought of way too late, if at all, on my own,” said Young. “They’ve helped guide me through parts of starting up a business that either I knew nothing about or didn’t even know how to approach. Their guidance has saved me from a lot of stress, and starting a business is inherently stressful. They just make it a little bit less so. From business plan adjustments to who to contact about possible food preparation, they are knowledgeable and helpful the whole way.”

Visit Dog Ear Books and The Brainstorm Agency at 301 W. Main Street in Russellville or online at and Watch for more about The Garage Arcade on Facebook at

Learn more about the ASBTDC regional office at Arkansas Tech.

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