‘Triple bottom line’
East Coast Awakening is a for-profit business that has looks beyond revenue. In addition to serving customer needs, ECA team members are rewarded for providing leadership and innovation to social and environmental projects.
Having a business model that firmly establishes corporate social responsibility means we have a “triple bottom line,” which makes us responsible to the community and the environment as well as to our own needs.
Team members meeting their customers’ technology goals are simultaneously earning corporate social responsibility points that are added to their benefits package.
(recertification in process for new year)
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.
But even if you’re not the federal government, using a HUBZone-certified business means your helping an area that has traditionally struggled.
Provide Federal contracting opportunities for certain qualified small business concerns located in distressed communities in an effort to promote private sector investment and employment opportunities in these communities. Fostering the growth of Federal contractors in these areas and ensuring that these contractors become viable businesses for the long term will help to empower these areas while not adversely affecting recent efforts to streamline and improve the Federal procurement process.
Important information for contracting officers:
There are four types of HUBZone contract opportunities:
- Competitive: Contracts can be set aside for HUBZone competition when the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small business concerns (SBCs) will submit offers and that the contract will be awarded at a fair market price.
- Sole-source: HUBZone contracts can be awarded if the contracting officer determines that:
only one qualified HUBZone SBC is responsible to perform the contract, two or more qualified HUBZone SBCs are not likely to submit offers and the anticipated award price of the proposed contract, including options, will not exceed:
1.) $5 million for a requirement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for manufacturing or
2.) $3 million for a requirement within all other NAICS codes
- Full and open competitive contracts can be awarded with a price evaluation preference: The offer of the HUBZone small business must not be 10 percent higher than the offer of a non-small business.
- Subcontracting: All subcontracting plans for large business Federal contractors must include a HUBZone subcontracting goal.
Few companies are women-owned. Even fewer of those companies focus on technology. We’re one of the few. We’ve been certified with the SBA since 2011.