David White, a Chattanooga entrepreneur, has started a company called CENTS LLC based on his belief that nonprofit organizations deserve better technical help than they can oftentimes receive.
CENTS—an acronym for computing, equipping, networking, training and supporting—is working to fill a niche that few other business are willing to fill, White said.
“While many nonprofits rely on volunteers, there are several advanced IT jobs many volunteers are unable to do based on skill level or time commitments,” White said in a prepared statement.
The CENTS' website launched today, but White said this has been a dream of his for a long time.
“When I was studying at Covenant College over four years ago, I was already putting together a business plan and helping nonprofits part time," he said.
White studied community development at Covenant and wants to mesh his expertise in technology with his education to help nonprofits across the globe in information technology consulting, technical support, Web hosting, training and workshops.
Eventually, White wants to hire employees, but for now, he relies on contractors.
Brian Lee, executive director for All Girls Allowed, a Christian nonprofit that advocates against China’s one-child policy, is one of White's clients.
“All Girls Allowed relied heavily on David and CENTS early on in our development to create and host our website," Lee said in a prepared statement. "We have been very impressed by David's professionalism, his responsiveness and his understanding of Web hosting. “
Updated @ 3:23 p.m. on 3/11/13 for clarity.