It’s our fifth anniversary! Take a walk down memory lane and celebrate with us.
As with every milestone we hit, we are so grateful to our clients for making another year possible. In our fifth year, we launched more county and elections websites in our home state of Iowa; assisted fellow small businesses with Area 15 Regional Planning Commission; designed two new tourism websites and ones for our first two radio station clients, The Roar and Easy Radio; and we launched our first mobile app. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
“The five-year mark is incredible, not only because every single year leading us here has been marked with milestone growth, but because for five years we have turned out multiple products and services that were client-driven, solution-oriented, and are changing the market we are in,” says Caley Lewis, Neapolitan Labs chief business officer.
This year, we developed several new products thanks to feedback and ideas from our clients, including our first app, email notifications through Mint Chip Lab, a vaccination appointment system, and school district counseling modules (rolling out to more districts in the coming months).
“Our clients have driven us to continue to develop better products and solutions to meet their needs and the needs of their audiences,” Brian McMillin, Neapolitan Labs president says.
”We're extremely thankful to have such a great roster of clients, including many who have been with us since the beginning.Brian McMillin, President
While these five years have flown by, there are some special moments that stand out for Brian and Caley as they’ve watched the company grow.
“I remember signing our first client to the Neapolitan Labs for Education platform on a cold Iowa winter day in late 2017,” Brian says. “I recall watching the Ottumwa City Council meeting recording when they chose to work with us to build their new website in 2018. Caley called me to share we’d signed on Pottawattamie County, our first county to join with Neapolitan Labs, which was a big milestone. Now, it feels like every week, we’re sending texts or making phone calls or celebrating on Slack that we’ve brought in a new client, and that’s super exciting.”
The best part of these anniversaries? Anticipating what new stand-out moments will occur in the next year. We look forward to the new challenges our clients will bring to us to solve and the new relationships we will make as we assist more organizations and businesses.
”I'm excited about the prospects of things to come. It really feels like we're just getting started as we break into new markets, expand our suite of products, and grow our talented team.Brian McMillin, President
A huge thank you again to our clients who make each new milestone possible and push us to always be innovating.
“I have a huge debt of gratitude to the clients that have entrusted us,” Caley says. “Our clients are the heart of our company, without them we would not be here today.”
”This has been such a wonderful experience, and we are very blessed with the team that we have today and the team we will have in the future. We get to wake up and genuinely enjoy our work and the life we have because of this company and that's the greatest gift of them all.Caley Lewis, Chief Business Officer
Our Company Milestones
McMillin Web Development was established by Brian McMillin, a student at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. During its first several years, websites were built and launched for newspapers in Iowa communities including West Branch, Marion, Coon Rapids, and Mt. Vernon.
First convention and visitors bureau website launched in the city of Ottumwa, Iowa.
First city website launched for the City of Grafton, Iowa. First school district website launched for the Cardinal Community School District in Eldon, Iowa.
Relaunched the website for Mahaska County along with sites for the Mahaska County Conservation Board and Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group in southeast Iowa.
Established a relationship with the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau, launching a site with new features including a blog, interactive events calendar, and individual listings for places to eat, play, and stay in Council Bluffs.
Signed agreement with the Pleasantville Community School District in central Iowa. Our Pleasantville footprint would expand later that year with sites for the City and Library.
Added business, design, and developer positions to accommodate growing client roster.
Executed three-month social media campaign to drive engagement and likes to the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for the Council Bluffs CVB. The campaign resulted in the quadrupling of Facebook page likes and an award for Outstanding Social Media Execution at the 2016 Iowa Tourism Conference.
Neapolitan Labs was officially formed following a retreat in Santa Barbara, California, composed of its founding leadership team including Brian McMillin, President; Caley Lewis, Chief Business Officer; Loren Cook, Creative Director; and Caleb Lewis, Senior Designer.
Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau site relaunches with new UNleashCB branding, paving the way for an Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Website in October 2017.
Cardinal Schools website relaunches on the new Neapolitan Labs for Education platform, along with our fourth school district client, North Linn in Troy Mills, Iowa.
New website launch for the Pottawattamie Countywide Tourism Promotion Committee under the Watta Way Iowa branding. This relaunch, including an interactive directory of county trails, received the Outstanding Website award in February 2019.
Launched website for the City of Ottumwa.
First Missouri school district website launches for Lone Jack.
Neapolitan Labs is in the news, profiled by Iowa startup publication Clay & Milk.
Neapolitan Labs launches sites in Tennessee, Arizona, and South Carolina, in addition to powering existing websites in Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota.
Election-centric website launches following collaboration with the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office.
New website and branding for the Bridge View Center, southeast Iowa’s premier entertainment center.
Relaunched Pleasantville Schools website, marking the ninth district powered by the Neapolitan Labs for Education platform.
New website designed, developed, and launched for Pottawattamie County, Iowa’s 10th-largest county.
Established a relationship with the Iowa State Association of County Auditors to modernize and relaunch their statewide website.
Website launched for Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services, serving the nine-county region in southwest Iowa.
Standalone election website launched for 13th County Auditor’s Office, for Marshall County, Iowa.
New websites launched for Crawford County and Jones County, expanding the Neapolitan Labs client base to reach 45 of Iowa’s 99 counties.
Partnered with Area 15 Regional Planning Commission to assist small businesses in their region with website and marketing assistance. Launched a variety of websites for their local businesses.
Designed and developed new websites for Springville, United, and Seymour Community School Districts.
Expanded our reach in South Carolina with websites for Visit Clemson along with Easy Radio and The Roar radio stations.
Designed and integrated three sister websites for Calhoun County Economic Development, Cruise Calhoun, and Calhoun County Historic Preservation Commission.
Developed two partner sites for the Accreditation & Certification Institute and the American Fence Association.
Launched two of three websites for Marion County, Iowa: a county government site and a site for Marion County Economic Development. A redesigned website for Red Rock Area will launch towards the end of this year.
Grew our relationships with Iowa’s Mental Health & Disability Services Regions, launching a new site and branding for County Social Services, a 12-county region in northeast Iowa, and a soon-to-be-launched site for the Rolling Hills Community Services Region.
Designed, developed, and launched our first mobile app for Cardinal Community School District.
”Working with Neapolitan Labs was easy, rewarding, and ultimately led to a wonderful website and employee portal. Brian and his staff bent over backwards to fulfill our requests. I will continue to recommend Neapolitan Labs, their content management system, their creativity with design and workflow, and their willingness to educate us on best practices. They fulfilled our website requirements where others could not. In short, you can’t go wrong with Neapolitan Labs.David Bayer, Chief Information OfficerPottawattamie County