Employers Choice Screening is a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Minority-Owned Business (MBE). We are certified through the Small Business Administration (SBA), National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) and Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council (SCMSDC), multiple Department of Transportation (DOT) Authorities, and other local small business programs in multiple states.
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U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
Employers Choice Screening has been an active participant in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program since 2015.
The 8(a) Business Development program is a nine-year program created to help firms owned and controlled by socially, and economically disadvantaged individuals compete effectively in the American economy through set-aside and sole-source contract opportunities with the federal government. The 8(a) program provides managerial, technical, and contractual assistance to Small Disadvantaged Businesses to ready the firm and its owners for success in the private industry. Eligibility of the 8(a) program relies in part on criteria for Small Disadvantaged Businesses but has additional requirements related to the business itself. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses each year.
SBA Small Disadvantaged Business
Employers Choice Screening is registered to contract with the federal government as a Small Disadvantaged Business on SAM.gov.
ECS meets the following qualifying criteria set by the SBA, qualifying our business as an SDB:
- The firm must be 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged persons
- The disadvantaged person must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged
- The firm must be small, according to SBA’s size standards
Each year, the federal government awards about 10% of all federal contract dollars, roughly $50 billion in contracts, to Small Disadvantaged Businesses like Employers Choice Screening.
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Employers Choice Screening is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). ECS is also an active MBE Supplier through our local Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) affiliate council.
The NMSDC is supported by 23 regional affiliates, nationwide, supporting certified MBEs to reach 1,500+ corporate members to meet their supplier diversity corporate spending goals.
For the last 50 years, the NMSDC has helped MBEs connect to over 1,500 corporate members, resulting in nearly $400 billion in annual economic output, generating $130 billion in tax revenue, and sustaining 1.75 million jobs. NMSDC gives MBEs like ECS access to contract and procurement opportunities, access to capital, and helps promote minority business growth in the American economy.
California Department of General Services (DGS) SB/DVBE Certification
Employers Choice Screening is certified as a Small Business with the Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS).
Our small business certification allows us access to contract opportunities exclusively available to certified small businesses, helping meet the state’s goal to spend 25% of all contract dollars with small businesses like ours.
Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA)
The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) provides an accreditation program for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) located in the United States. This accreditation program through PBSA is called the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP), which has strict rules and regulations that promote professional standards of specified requirements and measurements.
ECS has been an active member of the PBSA since 2004, becoming an accredited firm in 2017. Our company remains engaged and attends all mid-year and annual conferences, keeping ourselves informed and educated on the latest news, updates, and current local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to our industry. Program accreditation and continuous adherence to compliance include successfully completing yearly audits and reviews related to our internal policies and procedures to ensure the quality and performance of the services we provide our clients.
The accreditation program is governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements focused on information security, legal and compliance standards, a focus on client education, monitored researcher and data standards, verification service standards, and strict business practices as it relates to Background Screening.