Columbia, Mo., Student Founded Web Design Business, Launched Community Resource Website
Washington, D.C., August 22, 2011 – Benjamin Seidel of Columbia, Mo., built his first website when he was just 13, and started his own Web design company with his father’s help three years later. Seidel’s company, SRADCO Web Design, soon added website hosting, search engine optimization and other services requested by clients. In 2009, Seidel launched CentralMO.com, a community resource website, through his second company Central Missouri Online LLC. Seidel’s ability to successfully run his businesses while pursuing a college education as well as his plans to take his businesses to the next level led to his selection as the National Association for the Self-Employed’s Future Entrepreneur for 2011.
2011 Future Entrepreneur Ben Seidel
Photo credit: Jeremy DeWeese
As the NASE Future Entrepreneur, Seidel receives a college scholarship of $16,000. He receives $12,000 this year with a promise of $4,000 more for his senior year as long as he maintains a high academic performance.
This fall, Seidel will be entering his junior year at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he is majoring in economics and finance. He graduated from Christian Fellowship School with a 3.9 grade point average.
“Ben embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that is thriving in young people across America,” says NASE President Kristie L. Arslan. “The NASE is proud that this scholarship will help Ben achieve his dreams for the future.”
The NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship is the largest scholarship of its kind in the U.S. It is the flagship award of the NASE Scholarship Program, which has awarded over $1.9 million since its inception in 1989. In 2011, 10 students across the country received $4,000 scholarships for academic excellence.
For more information regarding the NASE Scholarship Program or Seidel, contact Kristin Oberlander at firstname.lastname@example.org. High resolution photographs available.
About the NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at NASE.org.