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Birmingham Firm Gains National Recognition from Inc. Media

Employment Screening Services Earns Coveted Distinction on the Inc. 5000 List.

Birmingham, AL, August 16, 2019 --( Birmingham-based Employment Screening Services (ESS), was recently recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine (Inc.), a national business publication. This is the thirteenth consecutive year ESS has earned recognition as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. In the 37-year history of the list, only 12 companies have achieved that milestone.

The annual Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at successful companies and is widely regarded as representing well managed and sustainable businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, ESS provides background screening and drug testing services to clients nationwide. “We are honored to have earned the Inc 5000 recognition,” says Jason Kimbrell, Chief Operating Officer for ESS. “Our growth is a direct reflection of the strong relationships we have with our clients and our ability to deliver a level of certainty and responsiveness that builds loyalty.”

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor-in-chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

ESS was founded in Birmingham by Sheila Benson in 1994 when the concept of pre-employment background checks first began to gain momentum. With the Company’s headquarters firmly planted in Birmingham, they have grown to become a top 10 provider nationally with employees based strategically in key cities across the country.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Employment Screening Services

ESS ( helps companies design, implement, and effectively manage background screening programs needed to maintain safe and productive work environments. Companies rely on ESS to help navigate various compliance requirements and provide background checks and drug testing protocols for screening both new and existing employees. Founded in 1994, the Company offers a broad range of background screening solutions – from standard criminal checks and drug testing to more sophisticated intelligence solutions that validate credentials, monitor ongoing compliance, and analyze social media activity.

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Megan Campbell
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More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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