Owings Mills, Maryland — Employment Background Investigations Inc. (EBI), one of the nation’s largest privately-owned employee background screening firms, was named to Inc. Magazine’s ranking of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately six million private companies in the U.S.
The Owings Mills, MD based company has 109 employees and has experienced double digit growth for the last 7 years
EBI was founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Richard Kurland after seeing a news report about elder abuse. Mr. Kurland was motivated to create a company to provide reliable and accurate background screening to employers in order to prevent more tragedies. Today, EBI is one of the largest providers of global background screening, drug testing, occupational healthcare and electronic Form I-9 solutions. EBI is also the only screening firm that is NAPBS accredited while also holding both an ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management and an ISO 27001:2013 Certification for Information Security.
The company helps more than 5,000 clients by providing them with industry-leading U.S.-based customer and candidate care and an unparalleled focus on compliance and business process optimization. EBI’s award winning screening platform is integrated with more than three dozen of the leading human capital management solutions.
EBI’s corporate headquarters recently relocated to a state-of the art 30,000 square foot facility which is a physical incarnation of their mission statement: “To be the happiest company… period. Only happy people deliver happy.” Designed by Marti Kurland, the visually stunning space features a micro food market to promote healthy food choices, several gourmet coffee break rooms to encourage inter-departmental camaraderie, a learning center for new hire training and continual education for current employees, a wellness room, and a TV studio for the industry’s only news network, the Screening News NetworkTM. There are numerous glass conference rooms and meeting spaces that are designed to facilitate collaboration and interaction between departments.
“It’s an honor for the EBI team to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America.” Kurland said. “We attribute this growth to being technology innovators, never taking short cuts, and treating people with integrity and respect. We create the best client and candidate experience in the industry. Since our inception, EBI has been 100% U.S. based at every level of the business. This includes data and operations (training, compliance, customer and candidate care) centers. This translates into higher data security and service levels for our clients. Having one U.S. based operations center allows us to provide consistent and continual education and training for our team members. This ensures our clients are compliant with state and federal laws and regulations and there are no language barriers when communicating or compiling screening reports. Finally, employee retention is key to our success. We achieve this by designing a stimulating environment where people are celebrated and supported while they learn, grow, and embrace their critical role in the hiring process for our clients.”
President and COO Larry White elaborates, “Almost 25% of our staff has been here for 10 years or more. When you create a place where people love to work, it translates into the highest quality product and service to the client. Our customer satisfaction surveys are constantly in the 97-98% range. When you can do that, you’re going to have sustainable, healthy, multi-digit growth. Only happy employees can create happy clients.”
For 2017, the Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion. Over the last three years nearly 620,000 jobs have been collectively generated by these companies. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
EBI is the only background screening firm named to HRO Today Magazine’s Pre-Employment Screening Baker’s Dozen List of top background screeners nine times. They have also made Worforce Magazine’s Hot List eleven times in a row. EBI specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for more than 5,000 clients in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. EBI is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. For more information, www.ebiinc.com.
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