After accumulating 13 years of electronic and computer experience, Matthew Hunt started A2Z Computing Services in December of 1995. As an independent contractor for MaineStreet Communications, Inc. he supported their clients with Internet connectivity issues, hardware and software support, network services and web site design consultation.
In August of 1997 he formed a partnership with Brian McKenna of PBA Communications, Inc. of Portland. This partnership, named WebMaine, was created to develop a series of web sites aimed at bringing the communities of the United States onto the World Wide Web.
In April of 1999 Matthew purchased his partner's share of the business and is currently employing a full staff for the development of the sites. Currently there are over 460,000 web pages and several interactive systems on the site representing over 33,000 communities throughout the United States.
Another phase of the project was to develop expanded web sites for each community wishing to participate. The expanded web sites were developed into true community sites providing information pertaining to all aspects of the town or city. We worked with municipal government and civic organizations to ensure that the proper "image" was portrayed for the community.
See the following Sites for examples:
- OaklandMaine.com - Oakland, Maine's Community Site
HometownUSA.com/maine/winslow - Winslow, Maine's Community Site
HometownUSA.com/maine/china - China, Maine's Community Site
Other Country Sites: HometownAustralia.com, HometownCanada.com and HometownEngland.com.
To create an online community, like no other, encompassing every facet of every municipality in the United States; to aid in online economic revitalization in partnership with local schools, fundraising groups, businesses and local, state and national government agencies; to publish, maintain and connect a network of community websites designed to entertain, educate and enlighten the residents of our great nation, while maintaining the highest standards of personal morals, business ethics and web etiquette.
We are responsible to the communities that we represent. To provide them a service that will enhance their online community with a professional, informative and entertaining website.
We are responsible to the residents of the communities. To provide them a source of information pertaining to all aspects of their community that are in-keeping with the town's values and morals.
We are responsible to the businesses that advertise on and sponsor our pages. To do our best to ensure the success of their advertising campaign with fair pricing and quality design work.
We are responsible to the nonprofit and community organizations. To provide them a method to market and support their missions via our community websites.
We are responsible to the participants in our fundraising programs. To provide them the opportunity to raise reasonable funds for their projects and programs.
We are responsible to our employees. To provide them a safe work environment, fair wages, opportunity for advancement, and equal opportunity regardless of sex, race or religion.
We are responsible to our subcontractors. To provide them agreeable and timely payment for services and adequate information for completion of the work ordered.
We are responsible to our suppliers. To provide them timely payment for products or services and to demand not the impossible but to request the reasonable.
We are responsible to the banks and creditors who have loaned us money. To submit payments timely and accurately.
We are responsible to our investors. To ensure their investment returns a reasonable profit.