It’s Lucky No. 13 for Express Employment Professionals
Business View – December 2019/January 2020 / Small Business of the Month
Just over 13 years ago, Angela and Chris Ashcraft opened their first Express Employment Professionals franchise in Mobile. Soon, they added a second location in Summerdale, and both locations have continued to grow with combined client sales of more than $18 million.
The Ashcrafts are most proud of the company’s mission – to exceed clients’ expectations by finding them the most qualified candidates and seeking the most desirable jobs for associates. “The goal is to be the preferred place of employment for (our) community, as well as the go-to staffing company for clients,” said Chris.
For their work in the local market, the Mobile Area Chamber named Express Employment Small Business of the Month. As part of an international franchised staffing company, Express Employment has more than 800 locations across the U.S., Canada and South Africa. The local office has 10 full-time employees.
According to Chris, the firm provides a range of employment options including full-time, temporary and part-time employment in fields such as professional, commercial, heavy and light industrial, human resources and office services. Current job postings are listed on the company’s website, which includes an online portal to upload a resume directly from the homepage.
Each of the company’s two locations has achieved the Circle of Excellence award from Express, with both offices also having two sales representatives in the company’s top 50 rankings internationally. Also in 2016, the Ashcrafts were named Express Franchisees of the Year.
Building the Express brand, Chris is active in the Mobile community, serving on the Chamber’s board of advisors and on the board of trustees for St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Express belongs to several other chambers in the area, and actively supports the Children’s Miracle Network and Waterfront Rescue Mission.
COMPANY NAME: Express Employment Professionals
LOCATION: 3662 Dauphin St., Suite B
COMPANY OWNERS: Angela and Chris Ashcraft
LENGTH OF CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP: 13 years
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About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.