In 2011, Lisa Levendosky Fritsch took the leap from being a stay-at-home mom, earning her MBA, to becoming a small-business owner.
She and four software engineers teamed up to found Agile5 Technologies, with an office in Fairmont.
“We formed the company, and we talked about what it is that we wanted the company to be,” the business president and chief executive officer said. “Basically, we’ve become a provider of enterprise software systems to the federal government.”
And May 4, Agile5 will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2016.
Fritsch, a Morgantown native, will accept the award at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont as part of National Small Business Week.
“It’s obviously quite an honor to receive that award,” Fritsch said. “I think it’s a justification that the original idea that we had was a good one, and that the employees we’ve brought onboard have really made Agile5 a strong brand.
“And I think people look at Agile5 and say ‘We can trust them. They’ll do a good job. And they’re innovative, and they finish the job.’ ”
The first job the company tackled was working with the National Data Exchange, which provides criminal justice agencies with a way to share, search, link and analyze information across jurisdictional boundaries.
Since then, the company has continued to expand its presence in the federal sphere. Most recently, it worked on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which Fritsch said uses biometrics to identify potential people of interest.
“It’s been a very good project for us to work on,” she said. “It’s helped us develop an area of expertise that not every software development company has.”
Agile5’s 19 employees — who are located in West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C. — also deal with application development for iOS and Android.
“The very first application that we released was for the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau,” Fritsch said.
Leisha Elliott, the bureau’s executive director, said the application — in place since the beginning of 2012 — has been a real asset to the organization.
“More and more places have apps, and we have a lot of business people who travel to north-central West Virginia and stay in Marion County,” she said. “Now, with the push of a button, they can find a place to eat or look on our calendar of events. It makes it easier for visitors to see all the attractions we have here.”
Agile5 also supports the WVU Urgent Care Center applications.
“Those apps track what the wait times at each of those facilities are,” Fritsch said. “We’re doing that for both here in Morgantown and also at the WVU Urgent Care Centers that are based in the eastern panhandle.”
As for what the future holds for Agile5, Fritsch anticipates expanding into more states, and potentially internationally.
“We’ve already added some additional people this year, so that’s been exciting. It’s been a nice growth rate.”
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