Press Release: Alignable’s 2024 Local Business Person Of The Year

Lucas Pate Of Element 99 Web Services Honored As Farmington’s 2024 Local Business Person Of The Year   

BOSTON, MA: March 5, 2024 — Alignable’s 2024 Local Business Person Of The Year Contest reached unparalleled participation levels, logging a whopping 309,000+ votes, 64,000+ recommendations, and an unheard of number of local winners – over 5,100 across the U.S. and Canada. 

The largest online networking platform for business owners, Alignable.com invited its 8.7 million+ members to shout-out local business leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities, amid challenging economic conditions.

Today, Alignable’s network announces that Lucas Pate, CEO of Element 99 Web Services, has been elected as Farmington’s 2024 Business Person Of The Year!   

The 2024 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has hosted in over five years, marking a 40% jump in participation over 2023. 

During the 2024 contest, which ran from Jan. 8 to Feb. 23, 2024, 5,171 business owners emerged as winners (including ties), across 4,820 communities. That’s an increase of 1,195 additional Local Business People Of 2024 compared to 2023.

These leaders were commended for helping their peers and communities through a year with many challenges, including rising interest rates and rents, not to mention skyrocketing supply costs. 

“In southeast Missouri, our business community thrives on mutual support,” said Mr. Pate. “We naturally refer customers to neighboring businesses, whether they’re just down the street or around the corner, with the aim of fostering success for all. Many small business owners here face similar challenges, creating a bond among us. Together, we can cultivate a collaborative environment, offering encouragement and guidance to fellow entrepreneurs during tough times. Receiving this award is an honor, reflecting the strength and unity of our entire community.”

Lucas received a special badge on his Alignable profile, recognizing this big win. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners.  

Driving Recognition, Relationships & Referrals

“Our members can’t stop raving about how this contest supercharged the relationships within their networks, which have sparked referrals, ignited fresh business opportunities, and fueled an unstoppable wave of mutual support,” said Eric Groves, CEO and Co-Founder of Alignable. “Small business owners are the vibrant heartbeat of their communities, and it’s high time they got the recognition they deserve. With over 64,000 recommendations pouring in from this year’s contest, it’s crystal clear: when small business owners unite, they become an unstoppable force.”


About Element 99 Web Services

Element 99 is made of a skilled team of web designers, digital service professionals, and eCommerce experts. With decades of experience, they’ve successfully launched numerous websites worldwide, earning the trust of satisfied clients. The mission at element99web.com is clear: create outstanding, cost-effective websites for small business owners.

About Alignable 

Alignable.com is the largest online business networking platform for business owners in the U.S. and Canada. With 8.7 million members across 35,000+ communities, Alignable is the network where business owners come together. Whether you’re connecting locally, meeting peers in your industry, or finding a catalyst who will introduce you to their network, Alignable is where businesses connect and change their business trajectory.