Employers Choice Screening is a national employment background screening, and compliance training company headquartered in California with multiple certifications and registrations. We welcome the opportunity to work with chief procurement officers and diversity supply chain procurement managers to bid on RFPs and respond to RFQs for employment background screening, drug testing, and mandated employee compliance training services.
We look forward to helping employers reduce their legal exposure and associated costs related to legal fees, settlements, and insurance premiums by offering more comprehensive background screening services, and workplace training programs. Our firm possesses the following certifications and registrations:
- Small Business Administration SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
- Small Business Administration SBA Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
- Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council (SCMSD Supplier)
- Department of General Services (DGS) Small Business MICRO
- California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
- DBE- California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) On behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation
- County of Los Angeles Local Small Business Enterprise (Local SBE)
- City of Los Angeles Small Local Business Enterprise
- The Port of Long Beach Small Business Enterprise Program
- The City of Long Beach Small Business Certification
- Metropolitan Water District SBE Certification
Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Federal Contract Program enables contracting or sourcing officers and procurement specialists to set aside certain federal contracts and other contract opportunities for competition amongst eligible participants for the provision of goods and services with government agencies, publicly-owned corporations, privately-owned and foreign-owned businesses, including educational institutions (universities/colleges), hospitals and other buying institutions.
By providing a level playing field on which 8(a) certified participants/suppliers/businesses can compete for and win federal, state, and local contracts, it is aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for participants.
U.S. Small Business Chamber of Commerce
As a member of the U.S. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Employers Choice Screening joins hundreds of small businesses connect and align themselves with numerous government agencies and major corporations.
Benefits include in-depth training and development programs from leading experts, as well as access to numerous business opportunities across the country.
SBA Certified Small Disadvantaged Business
Small businesses can self-represent their status as a small disadvantaged business (SDB) through the Small Business Administration. Employers Choice Screening verifies through its profile listed in the System for Award Management that our firm is:
- 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged persons.
- The disadvantaged person or persons must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.
- The firm must be small, according to SBA’s size standards
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Employers Choice Screening doing business as Compliance Training Group is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and is an active MBE Supplier with the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) affiliate council.
The NMSDC is one of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations helping them solve the growing need for supplier diversity by providing a direct link between corporate America and MBE Suppliers. The NMSDC provides increased procurement and business opportunities for minority business organizations of all sizes.
The NMSDC has a national office in New York City and 24 regional affiliate councils across the U. S. and includes a large number of corporate members, including the country’s largest publicly-held, privately-owned and foreign-owned corporations as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match MBEs with member corporations that want to purchase MBE goods and services.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)—Supplier Clearinghouse
Employers Choice Screening has been certified by the Supplier Clearinghouse under the supervision of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Certified participants receive official recognition of their certification status, promotion and visibility, information on business opportunities and faster contracting process with participating utilities (such as AT&T, Cal Trans, California Public Utilities Commission, California Water Association, Cox Communications, PG&E, UC San Bernardino, Southern CA Edison, Sempra, and Verizon Communications). The Supplier Clearinghouse verifies the eligibility of women, minority, and LGBT-owned business enterprises for certification.
DBE- California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) with the California Unified Certification Program through the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
CUCP provides Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) certification services to small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses seeking to participate in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.
CUCP assists small businesses gain access to public agency procurement programs throughout California by providing certifications and registrations as well as maintaining the CUCP database. The program provides certified MBE, WBE, and DVBE firms the opportunity to participate in a wide range of business opportunities.
Over 400 municipalities, counties, special districts, airports, transit agencies, and the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) administer and award CUCP contracts funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
Department of General Services (DGS)
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Small Business with the Department of General Service’s Office of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS). Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) is California’s certifying agency.
The Department of General Service’s Office that administers the Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Programs. OSDS also has a Communications & Outreach Section that assists Small and Disabled Veteran businesses by participating in outreach events, providing resource guidance, and supporting businesses through advocacy.
State agencies may contract directly with a California certified small business/microbusiness for goods, services, information technology and Public Works projects, if certified by the OSDS.
County of Los Angeles Local Small Business Enterprise (Local SBE)
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Local Small Business Enterprise with the County of Los Angeles’ Community Business Enterprise Program.
The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors established the Local SBE Preference Program to improve contracting opportunities for small businesses in Los Angeles County. In order to participate, a Local Small Business Enterprise must be several requirements, such as being independently owned and operated, and having a principal office within Los Angeles County.
City of Los Angeles Small Local Business Enterprise
Employers Choice Screening is a certified Small Business Enterprise in the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles offers certification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), and Small Local Business Enterprises (SLBE). The main purpose of this certification program is to promote opportunities for disadvantaged, minority, women, and small, local business owners who want to participate in City contracting projects through their Business Assistance Virtual Network.
The Business Inclusion Program, established through the Mayor’s Executive Directive No. 14, was implemented to ensure that more small businesses can participate in City contracts. The program grants certifications and registrations as Small Business Enterprise (SBE-LA), Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE), and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE).
The Office of Contract Compliance (OCC), Centralized Certification Administration (CCA) is responsible for administering the City’s certification program. It certifies qualified firms for DBE, ACDBE, MBE, WBE and SLBE status for the City of Los Angeles. CCA maintains the City of Los Angeles Directory of certified DBE/ACDBE/MBE/WBE and SLBEs.
Very Small Business Enterprise – VSBE (HARBOR) Certification
The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department is committed to creating an environment that provides all individuals and businesses open access to the business opportunities available at the Harbor Department in a manner that reflects the diversity of the City of Los Angeles. The main purpose of this certification program is to promote opportunities for disadvantaged, minority, women, and small, local business owners who want to participate in City contracting project.
EBE: Emerging Business Enterprise Certification
We are proud to be certified as an emerging business enterprise in the City of Los Angeles. Applicant must be certified by the State of California Department of General Services (DGS) as a Small Business-Micro (SB-Micro); OR Applicant must be certified by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) as a Small Local Business (SLB). Firm’s three (3) year average gross receipts must be less than $3.5million to qualify.
The Port of Long Beach Small Business Enterprise Program
Employers Choice Screening is a certified Small Business Enterprise through the Port of Long Beach. The Program is designed to promote the participation of SBEs and VSBEs on all Port contracts and procurements. It achieves this mission by employing several strategies that begin with the Board establishing annual Port-wide SBE/VSBE participation goals. Port staff then sets contract-specific SBE/VSBE participation goals on applicable construction and professional services contracts, and division-wide SBE/VSBE participation goals on material and supply purchases.
The City of Long Beach Small Business Certification
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Small Business Enterprise through the City of Long Beach. The City of Long Beach adopted a Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Very Small Business Enterprise (VSBE), and Local Small Business Enterprise (LSBE) Ordinance in June 2011 to encourage more small businesses to participate in City contracts. The City determines SBE eligibility by utilizing federal U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards either by the average gross annual revenue or by the number of employees, based on North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.
Metropolitan Water District SBE Certification
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Small Business Enterprise through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Metropolitan’s Business Outreach Program is designed to maximize business opportunities for qualified contractors, consultants and vendors that reflect the diversity of the Metropolitan’s 19 million Southern California consumers. This Small Business Program provides bid incentives and governmental contracting education for businesses that comply with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) industry guidelines.
Community Business Enterprise (CBE)
Employers Choice Screening is certified with the County of Los Angeles’ as a Community Business Enterprise.
It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors that minority, women, disadvantaged and disabled veteran business enterprises be afforded the maximum opportunity to participate in the County’s contracting and procurement programs. To assist in this endeavor, the Board of Supervisors established the Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Program. To be eligible to participate in the County of Los Angeles CBE Program, a business must either be certified as a minority (MBE), women (WBE), disadvantaged (DBE), and/or disabled veteran (DVBE) business enterprise.
Employers Choice Screening maintains an online procurement profile on the Ariba Discovery system. This business to business electronic solution allows us to connect to large corporations who utilize this system as a means of networking, invoicing, and procurement.
View our profile here.
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) provides an accreditation program for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) located in the United States. This accreditation program through NAPBS is called the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP), which has strict rules and regulations that promote professional standards of specified requirements and measurements. This accreditation is considered the “Gold Standard” when it comes to bringing national recognition to employment background screening organizations.
Employers Choice Screening is an example of this through our commitment to achieving excellence. Through following high professional standards, we hold our organization accountable for generating continued institutional improvement. BSAAP provides a specific evaluation criteria of internal operating procedures that benefit both Employers Choice Screening and its end-users.
We are committed to maintaining and delivering the highest level of industry standards in the following critical areas:
- Consumer Protection
- Legal Compliance
- Client Education
- Researcher and Data Product Standards
- Verification Service Standards
- General Business Practices
To achieve this prestigious accreditation, Employers Choice Screening must establish ongoing compliance with the accreditation standard as prepared by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Compliance is verified through a comprehensive desk and on-site audits, which is completed by an independent third-party auditor. Employers Choice Screening must document each of its policies and processes as required in each of the areas within the standard and demonstrate visible compliance with its policies to the auditor.
Every accreditation earned lasts for a period of five years, after which time firms are required to re-complete the process if they wish to remain accredited.
State Bar of California MCLE Provider Certification
AB 1825 and Nationwide Supervisors Sexual Harassment Awareness training is approved by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI®) Learn more at the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System International Standard
The ISO 9001:2015 certification establishes the criteria for a quality management system. This standard is “based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.
Through this standard, Employers Choice Screening has been certified the need to meet customer requirements and continually improve its services. Our quality objectives are to establish and maintain a high level of Customer Satisfaction as well as deliver our products on-time to our customers.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Certified
Businesses located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) are given preferential consideration when responding to government contracts. In addition, certain contracts will only be open to HUBZone certified businesses. Joining the HUBZone program makes Employers Choice Online eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.
In order to be qualified as a HUBZone business, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Small Business (size standard is based on NAICS codes)
- Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian tribe
- Have its principal office located within a HUBZone
- Have at least 35 percent of its employees live in a HUBZone
HUBZone certifications must be renewed every three years to ensure compliance with the HUBZone program.