CHAMBERSBURG – Nathan Neil, LaunchUX’s Operations Director and Owner, has been recognized as a finalist in the Cumberland Valley Business Alliance 2021 Young Professional Awards in the category of “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on September 16 at Green Grove Gardens (1032 Buchanan Trail E.) in Greencastle. Candidates were nominated by the community through the Alliance’s website.
The title of “Entrepreneur of the Year” is awarded to an entrepreneur or small business owner who has grown and developed a sustainable business. Candidates are required to live and/or work in Franklin County and be 40 years of age or under to be eligible.
The other finalists for “Entrepreneur of the Year” include:
- Sarah Johnson of Paper, Ink, & Passports, a luxury travel advisory and consulting company
In addition to “Entrepreneur of the Year,” the other categories being awarded at the September ceremony include:
- The ATHENA Young Professional Award
- Young Professional Employer of the Year
- The Rising Star Award
- Educator of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
“It’s an honor to be named alongside so many other professionals and entrepreneurs,” said Neil of being a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year.” “It feels good for all of my efforts to be recognized, but I must affirm that I would not be in this position without my dedicated team and my mentors who continue to set the bar high.”
He added: “The Young Professional Awards are proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong – and growing stronger – in Franklin County.”
LaunchUX is a boutique digital marketing firm that specializes in building websites, search engine optimization and secure web hosting. Now in its fourth year, LaunchUX initially opened with a small client list and has had explosive growth through partnerships with large IT firms in Nashville, Houston, Denver, and the list continues to grow.
Nathan is also the owner of Solinkit, a managed network services provider and tech support firm that has served southcentral Pennsylvania for more than 15 years. Solinkit was instrumental in helping several Chambersburg-based organizations transition to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nathan’s other ventures include Neil Consulting where he puts his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) to work for growing companies.
In 2013, Nathan co-founded Purple Deck Media where he worked to develop MobileDeck, a platform that made it possible for independent businesses to affordably build and maintain their own mobile apps. The company then turned its attention to TapLive, a cloud-based SaaS that allows users to edit the content and functionality of NFC tags. In what is believed to be the largest roll-out of its kind in the United States, Purple Deck deployed the technology in a Chambersburg-based pharmacy. Purple Deck was awarded two patents for its technology of which Nathan is credited as an inventor.
Nathan’s entrepreneurial journey officially began in 2008 when he developed a platform to help students prepare, reduce stress and enhance overall test scores – especially for those with learning disabilities. The project was awarded a research grant from the Shippensburg University Foundation.
He remains committed to sharing his knowledge while providing business owners a platform to share their expertise. He has published numerous books covering everything from his personal background to exposing common SEO myths. He also continues to publish and present his research into the implications of digital interactions in academic journals. In 2020, he launched the “Business & Marketing” podcast where he hosts casual-but-informative discussions with business leaders.
Nathan has previously been named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
Young Professional Awards information:
WHEN: Thursday, September 16 from 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Green Grove Gardens (1032 Buchanan Trail E., Greencastle, PA)
COST: $50 per person
ADDITIONAL: Cocktail attire is encouraged. RSVP here.