Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis President and CEO Receives Prestigious Award
-- Sandra Cepeda Named 2018 Women Honoring Women Recipient
(June 27, 2018) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) recently announced that President and CEO Sandra Cepeda will receive the 2018 Women Honoring Women Award from the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation. The annual program recognizes individuals in the Tennessee Valley for outstanding leadership and commitment to the community.
Cepeda personifies this year’s event theme of “When Perseverance Meets Passion,” as demonstrated in her personal and professional dedication to excellence and to her faith despite adverse circumstances. Her journey to success through servant leadership is a remarkable story of triumph over hardship that has led to this distinction by the WEDC Foundation.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Cepeda received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Auburn University. In 2001, she followed God-given direction to found Cepeda Systems and Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) where she serves as President and CEO. With over 30 years of software and systems related experience in the acquisition, development, management, process improvement and sustainment of DoD systems, she is recognized as a subject matter expert and is highly respected in the field.
Cepeda’s considerable contributions to the community include serving as President of the Board of Intentional Faith – a Huntsville-based ministry created by CSSA to share the love of Jesus and glorify God through job empowerment, community development, and short-term relief for the under-resourced in the community. She also stands as a court-appointed juvenile advocate at CAJA of Madison County, serves as an Instructor at the Downtown Rescue Mission women’s recovery program, is a Madison Rotarian, and serves as a board member for The Catalyst and Extending a Hand Foundation.
Her nomination for this year’s honor stated, “Sandra touches the lives of everyone she encounters and draws on her unique life experiences to mentor, encourage, and help others, and to bless and grow our community.”
Cepeda said, “In a city like Huntsville where so many amazing women leaders take the time to serve our community, it’s a huge blessing to be recognized with this wonderful award. The WEDC changes scholars’ lives, and it’s a privilege to be part of their mission even if in a small way. Praise be to God for the favor He continues to show our city and organizations like the WEDC!”
The award presentation will be part of the WEDC Foundation's annual fundraiser on Thursday, September 20 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. Wins 2018 "Best Places to Work" Award
(April 18, 2018) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) was honored to receive the bronze award for Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Best Places to Work 2018! CSSA won in the Medium Category (51-100 employees) at the Best Places to Work Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This award was given solely based on employee surveys evaluating corporate leadership, communication, and employee engagement.
We are so thankful for our employees and their dedication to our mission, incredible support to our customers, and steadfast compassion for this community. We wouldn't be where we are today without you. We will continue to strive to remain faithful to our mission, choosing every day to honor God, become our customers’ trusted advisor, and provide fulfilling work and an outstanding work environment for our employees. We are incredibly honored to receive this award, all the glory to God!
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis (CSSA) Receives HUBZone Certification
(November 3, 2017) - The Small Business Administration (SBA) has certified Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis (CSSA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business in Huntsville, AL.
The HUBZone program was created by the SBA to stimulate economic development in federally designated areas. To qualify, a business must be located in a zone that has been determined to be historically underutilized and at least 35% of the company’s employees must live in a HUBZone.
“We feel very blessed and praise God for this new season for the company,” said Sandra Cepeda, CSSA President and CEO.
After much research, thought, and prayer, CSSA embraced a vision to extend its core value of Community into a HUBZone initiative. In May 2017, CSSA relocated its corporate office to Drake Avenue and began maximizing opportunities for individuals who reside in historically underutilized communities.
“We recognize that for a growing technical firm in Huntsville, the challenge surrounding HUBZone is maintaining the status long-term,” said Ms. Cepeda. “At CSSA, we are committed to providing employment opportunities for those in underutilized areas. Our HUBZone strategy supports that commitment. CSSA is currently exceeding the required SBA requirements for employment. We are also hiring additional HUBZone residents this year to facilitate growth in 2018 and beyond.”
With this certification, CSSA gains access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Federal government agencies are required to have a defined percentage of all awards go directly or indirectly to HUBZone companies.
Within seven weeks from the day CSSA’s HUBZone application was submitted to the SBA, the application was approved.
“It is evident God intends to expand CSSA’s community outreach program,” said Helen Housch, Software Engineering Division Director. “We are humbled and blessed by the favor of His vision and the doors He has opened on behalf of our community.”
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis Receives Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award
(August 15, 2017) - On August 15, 2017, the 32nd Annual Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards honored Cepeda Systems and Software Analysis with the WBC Women-Owned Business of the Year Award. Cepeda Systems and Software Analysis was also a final contender under the Government Contracting category for the Technology Services Business of the Year award.
Awards are based on companies’ core values, corporate culture, business history, community leadership roles, contributions to the area’s economic vitality, and efforts spent giving back to the Huntsville/Madison County community.
A total of 428 companies were nominated across 13 different categories, and 84 contenders were selected as finalists. Of these 84 final contenders, 21 companies were also chosen as finalists for the category of WBC Women-Owned Business of the Year.
CSSA is the second recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Women-Owned Business of the Year Award. The inaugural award in 2016 was given to Kids to Love.
“This award is a tribute to our employees, their dedication, their exceptional skill, and their faithfulness to our mission statement – to honor God and become our customers’ trusted advisor,” said Sandra Cepeda, CSSA President and CEO. “I praise God for blessing us with yet another amazing award this year – to Him and only to Him be all the glory!”
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. Granted GSA Professional Services Schedule
(July 19, 2017) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) is pleased to announce it has been granted a General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule (PSS).
The GSA Professional Services Schedule is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule, providing federal agencies direct access to experienced, proven, and vetted contractors such as CSSA who provide a range of commercial professional services at discounted and competitive prices.
CSSA is recognized as a preferred vendor, authorized to conduct business with government agencies in the following categories: Strategic Planning for Technology Programs/Activities, Concept Development and Requirements Analysis, System Design, Engineering and Integration, Test and Evaluation, and Acquisition and Life Cycle Management.
“CSSA is excited to have been awarded a GSA Professional Services Schedule contract,” said Sandra Cepeda, CSSA President and CEO. “This 20-year contract provides our customers a long-standing contract vehicle to procure services in an expedited manner at labor rates deemed competitive and realistic.” She continued, “We look forward to serving our customers through this contract and thank God for His continued blessings on CSSA.
Government agencies and other organizations using this GSA schedule for purchases may now contract CSSA for PSS services through GSA Contract Number GS-00F-224GA. For more information, please contact:
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis Wins Major NASA Award -- Named Agency-Level 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
(March 8, 2017) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) recently received formal notification of winning NASA's Agency-Level 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award in the national Small Business Industry Awards. The company won the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Award earlier in the year, and the center then nominated CSSA for the prestigious agency-level award.
Each year, the national awards program through the NASA Office of Small Business Programs honors companies for outstanding support of NASA and its mission. The four categories of competition include Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year, and Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year.
CSSA has provided engineering support to NASA's MSFC for more than a decade, and leads the agency's Flight & Ground Software Division in implementing process improvement solutions. Each NASA center submitted nominations, and CSSA rose to the top once again to earn the highest possible award.
CSSA Director of Software Engineering Helen Housch said, "Praise God for this amazing honor! He continues to bless the work we love to do and enables us to faithfully serve our amazing customers and NASA's great missions. We are forever thankful!"
CSSA President and CEO Sandra Cepeda said, "NASA has a large number of small companies in its supply chain. Only God could orchestrate a company of 43 people from Huntsville, Alabama winning such an extraordinary award." She continued, "We are grateful to our employees, our NASA MSFC customers who nominated us, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him and only to Him be all the glory."
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis Achieves CMMI Ratings -- Elevates Company Capability with CMMI Ratings in Development and Service Delivery
(February 2, 2017) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) announced successful completion of Maturity Level 3 for Development and Maturity Level 2 for Service Delivery appraisals of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). Agapi Svolou of Alexanna, LLC performed the recent appraisal.
CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. These CMMI ratings are a tremendous achievement for CSSA as a small business, affirming CSSA's commitment to both quality and continuous process improvement.
For more than 15 years, CSSA has maintained 100% customer satisfaction ratings. The CMMI Level 3 and Level 2 ratings provide even greater customer assurance that CSSA adheres strictly to documented processes to develop products and to deliver services. The seal of approval from one of the most thorough models in the markets translates to high quality products and services and low risk for CSSA customers.
CSSA's President and CEO said, "God continues to bless our company. These ratings reflect our culture of high quality standards of continuous process improvement, and they are a testament to the hard work of our employees to define, document, deploy, and execute value-added processes that are taking our company to the next level."
She continued, "We are a CMMI Institute Partner and have been providing CMMI services to companies around the world since 2002. The lessons learned from formalizing our own processes and obtaining our rating will no doubt make us an even better provider of CMMI services."
Helen Housch, CSSA Director of Software Engineering and Quality Manager added, "This is an amazing achievement for us as a small company and only possible through God's never ending grace. He has assembled this talented team of people in this time and place to glorify Him as we continue to serve our customers. Many thanks go to our employees' tireless work over many hours to get us to this point. We are indeed blessed to share this accomplishment with our community. The best is yet to come!"
Cepeda added, "I am very proud of our team and give all the glory to God for this tremendous achievement."
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis Receives Prestigious MSFC Award -- Named MSFC 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
(September 22, 2016) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) received the 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award from Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) during the recent Industry and Advocates Award Ceremony. The annual event honored prime contractors, subcontractors, and civil service teams for success and support of aerospace business with the NASA Center.
CSSA has provided engineering support to MSFC for more than a decade, and accepted the exclusive award following a comprehensive selection process. NASA civil service employees nominated eligible small businesses for assessment by a panel of NASA business procurement officials evaluating cost-conscious business practices, innovative processes, new technology implementation, and overall contributions to NASA's mission and the agency's Small Business Program.
CSSA President and CEO Sandra Cepeda said, "We are privileged to have such incredible customers at Marshall Space Flight Center and are humbled by their confidence in our work." She continued, "I am extremely proud of the exceptional group of employees who represent our company so well and whose dedication and talents led to CSSA's receiving this amazing honor. Praise be to God for continuing to bless us immeasurably more than we ever asked or imagined."
As the MSFC winner, CSSA is now a contender for the NASA 2016 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award through the agency's Office of Small Business Programs.
Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. Wins 2016 "Best Places to Work" Award
(April 8, 2016) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) has been recognized as a 2016 Best Places to Work Award Winner by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. CSSA won in the Medium Category (36-149 employees) at the Best Places to Work Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Award winners are determined by results from employee surveys evaluating corporate leadership, communication, and employee engagement.
CSSA strives to provide fulfilling work and an outstanding work environment, and is honored to receive this award, especially knowing that results are determined by their employees. The award is a testimony of God's faithfulness and favor, as well as employees' hard work and dedication to the CSSA mission, “To honor God and become our customers' trusted advisor.” This mission shapes the rich culture of the company and everything they do.
After receiving the award Sandra Cepeda, CSSA President and CEO, told her employees, “God has blessed us with awesome awards throughout the years, but this one is particularly special to me because YOU selected us as the best place to work…I thank each and every one of you for making us the great company we are today.”
Helen Housch, CSSA Software Engineering Director, also shared, “Receiving an award like this is humbling because it comes from our employees. It’s humbling to know that our employees rate us as the best place to work, and receiving that acknowledgement in the form of an award is a beautiful expression and confirmation.”
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce® Awards EDWOSB Certification to CSSA
(January 29, 2016) - The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce awarded the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Certification to Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc.
Linda Smith Wins 2015 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County "Most Valuable Employee" Award
(May 5, 2015) - The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County announced today that Linda Smith, CSSA Business Manager, was selected as a Most Valuable Employee in Huntsville/Madison County for 2015 in the small company category. Linda was one of the 12 winners selected out of 16,330 employees who were nominated. This is Linda's second time to win the Most Valuable Employee Award.
The awards were presented at the 8th Annual Best Places to Work Luncheon, hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the North Alabama Society for Human Resource Management (NASHRM) on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Von Braun Center.
"What a blessing this award is for both Linda and our company!", said CEO Sandra Cepeda. "Linda, we are very proud of you and feel very blessed to have you in our Team. Thank you for taking such good care of our employees and being willing to go the extra mile!"
Linda Smith Wins 2014 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County "Most Valuable Employee" Award
(May 21, 2014) - Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) announced today that Linda Smith, Executive Assistant to CEO, was selected as a Most Valuable Employee in Huntsville/Madison County for 2014 in the small company category. Smith was one of 12 winners chosen from more than 6,000 nominated employees.
Winners were selected based on a blind survey, conducted by an independent organization, of companies in the Huntsville/Madison County area. The awards were announced at the 7th Annual Best Places to Work Luncheon, hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the North Alabama Society for Human Resource Management (NASHRM) on May 20th.
CSSA Wins U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award
(February 19, 2014) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named CSSA a 2014 Dream Big Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner. CSSA was chosen as one of the top 100 small businesses in the United States! This award recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. CSSA was selected from a record number of applicants across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.
CSSA wins 2013 Small Business of the Year Award in Technology Category
(September 12, 2013) - The Chamber of Commerce recognized the efforts of some of the most generous and hardest working companies and individuals at the 28th Annual Small Business Awards Celebration on Sept. 12, 2013 at the Von Braun Center.
The seven winners were chosen from 200 nominated companies and individuals. Cepeda Systems and Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) won the Small Business of the Year Award in the Technology category.
Sandra Cepeda, President and CEO of CSSA, Inc., was selected as a finalist for the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award.