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Alabama 2014 Small Business Person – Harvey A. Nix, CEO, Proventix Systems, Inc.

Harvey A. Nix
CEO – Proventix Systems, Inc.
4518 Valleydale Road, Suite 201
Birmingham, AL 35242

Harvey Nix founded Proventix in 2007. His goal was to develop and produce an automated communication system to monitor and report hand hygiene compliance events, reinforce change at the point of behavior, and create opportunities for multiple efficiencies within a healthcare facility.

Proventix developed a tag that recognizes when a person who is being monitored performs a cleansing activity (like washing their hands). Several independent studies have shown that this approach can be highly effective in improving hand-washing practices, reducing healthcare-associated infections, decreasing the patient’s length of stay, and cutting healthcare costs.

Since its inception, Proventix has grown steadily and deliberately, going from two full-time employees then to 23 and three part-timers now.

By February 2015 the company projects that it will have 56 full-time employees. It also grew from one client in 2009 to 42 clients in 11 states, currently.

In pursuing this success, Harvey sought and obtained assistance from the Greater Birmingham Development Center.

Harvey is not only a dedicated businessman focused on success, but also a committed member of the community, where his contributions include, but are not limited to sponsoring events to benefit breast cancer patients at the Princeton Baptist Breast Care Center and collecting toys at Christmas to donate to Toys for Tots.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has chosen winners for the 2014 “Small Business Person of the Year” in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
Every year the SBA chooses its Small Business Person of the Year in each state and territory. The awards recognize business owners and key executives in small businesses for their outstanding achievements and successes in their businesses and also their contributions to the nation.

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