Outstanding customer service is the wind behind the sail at Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc. (“Coast and Harbor”), a professional services firm that helps public, private, and non-profit owners manage the design and construction of their projects.
Founder and CEO, Marcella Lancome, started her company in 1989 from her kitchen in Massachusetts, where ocean waves crashing on a coast and harbor outside the window inspired the company’s name. Ms. Lancome lived in both Texas and Washington, D.C. before arriving in Massachusetts. Her varied experiences in public service, including with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided the buoy to launch her own business. Coast and Harbor is now one of the few Hispanic-owned, experienced project management firms in the New England area that has managed projects with construction values from $500,000 up to $100 million.
Since the company’s humble beginning, Coast and Harbor has witnessed explosive growth. The company has more than 30 full-time employees, and has opened an additional office in Washington, D.C. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program for government contracting, as well as its regular trainings and seminars on relevant topics, Ms. Lancome and her company have been able to showcase their ability to manage large construction projects. Through open competition, the company won a U.S. Government contract for a project in Texas whose overall construction value exceeds $95 million.
Giving back to the community is important to Ms. Lancome, and she brings her employees together to discuss organizations they wish to support as a company each year. This past Christmas, Coast and Harbor contributed to the Wounded Warriors Project for injured service members, My Brother’s Table, a local food bank in Lynn, and Toys for Tots in remote northern Maine. “Giving back to the community is important to all of us, but we do it quietly, without bringing much attention to ourselves,” said Ms. Lancome.
In the construction management arena, however, Coast and Harbor stands out like a beacon of light. Today, the largest land port of entry into the United States is being built outside of El Paso, Texas. Coast and Harbor is managing the construction as agent for the United States General Services Administration. What is so American about this story is that is that less than 100 years ago, Marcella Lancomes’ own grandfather paid one nickel each day to cross from Mexico to the United States at the land port of entry at Laredo, Texas to work in the area. At the time, her grandfather was only 14 years old. That was 91 years ago and today Marcella is managing the $96 million land port of entry project just up the road from Laredo.
The company offers more than 20 years of experience in design and construction excellence. As it continues to grow, you will continue to see a leader at the helm that exudes passion and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.
600 lb gorilla’s history of success, dynamic business strategy, and commitment to their customers and community is nearly as impressive as the innovative and incredibly delicious treats they provide to countless happy customers. From their kitchen table in Duxbury to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and everywhere in between, Paula White and her and her husband Chris took their ingenuity and passion for premium food and created a thriving business.
600 lb gorillas develops and sells all natural frozen desserts in supermarkets and club stores across the country. Their products include premium all natural ready to bake cookie dough and ice cream sandwiches.
In 1999 Paula and Chris saw an opportunity in their hands – a crummy cookie they had just heated for a late night snack using refrigerated cookie dough. While other brands were cutting corners and seeking the most affordable ingredients, Paula did the opposite and has never looked back. The proof is in the batter and on their balance sheet.
Since 1999, 600 lb gorilla’s success has exploded. They started selling their treats to businesses along the east coast and have since landed promotions with Costco and BJ’s. While the company only employs two people directly, their contract relationship with their co-packer has resulted in increased shifts and additional work for more than 20 people.
600 lb gorilla’s late night dream became a reality with the help of four SBA loans totaling $578,700.
Along with most other businesses, Paula and Chris’s acumen was tested during the past three years. When the recent recession forced consumers to cut back, and in some cases eliminate unnecessary purchases, 600lb Gorilla stuck with what worked – quality and innovation.
Giving back to the community is important to Paula and Chris. Both are active members of their community and spend their time at PTA meetings, coaching youth basketball and a host of other important efforts. They’ve also contributed to Go Red for Women, the local Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and several other local organizations proving that their passion for quality food is matched only by their commitment to their community.
Going above and beyond, sticking to principles and seeing it through is never an easy task, but these innovative, hardworking, and passionate founders were able to take an idea shared over the kitchen table to stores across the country. After 12 years in business, Paula and Chris have proven that just like their namesake, the 600 lb gorillas, they cannot be ignored.
TANTARA Corporation has won a first-of-its kind Navy Contract specifically for woman-owned small businesses.
Tantara Corporation is owned and operated by Dawn Dearborn and based at 54 Mason Street, Worcester, MA and entered into the 8(a) Business Development Program on February 8, 2008. Tantara is a full service environmental and site civil Construction Company with significant federal and private experience with OSHA 40 certified personnel and company owned heavy equipment. They are a licensed asbestos contractor throughout New England and perform site work, site remediation, transportation and disposal of Hazard and Non-Hazardous Materials, thermal treatment, stabilization, wetland replication, facility and infrastructure, and demolition and dismantlement work.
TANTARA was awarded a three year $4 million Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Set Aside contract with NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic) for Site Preparation and Demolition Services on Naval installations from New York to Maine.
“The program is another tool to help achieve the statutory goal that 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses.” said Joe McGrenra, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic’s deputy for small business.”
Tantara has branched out into clean construction and site civil work. In addition, Tantara has performed hazmat abatement and demolition at Westover AFB for the Corps, performed concrete and structural repairs to a bridge at Barre Falls Dam for the Corps, completed erosion repairs to the channel outlet at Edward MacDowell Dam Lake State Park for the Corps, completed a river diversion and clean out of a 1200 LF conduit at Peters River in Woonsocket, RI for the Corps and performed dredging services for the Corps at the Union Village Dam in Thetford, VT this fall. TANTARA has also grown its services geographically this year by working under several IDIQ contracts for the Mobile District of the Corps at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. TANTARA has executed more than $4M worth of work to date at these locations. TANTARA is performing site remediation of approximately 36 sites on these two bases. TANTARA was also selected as a contractor for the HUBZone set-aside Multiple Award Remediation Contract (M.A.R.C.) for the New England District of the Corps of Engineers with a contract value of $10M.
Tantara recently performed emergency response for environmental services for the Air National Guard out at Westfield AFB and has repaired the spalled concrete in the arrester systems for the runways out there.
On the private side, Tantara executed master services agreements with NStar and several other utility companies for environmental and construction services. They have also maintained client relationships with engineering firms and developers that they have had for years, and even made some new ones.
Dawn stated that “most of the work we have won has been competitively bid, but a few have been sole sourced to us via the 8(a) program, for which we are grateful and thank you for all the help the SBA has given us.” TANTARA has successfully won contracts through several of the SBA programs. They have won contracts as a Small Business, WOSB, HUBZone and as an 8(a) contractor.