DOBE Spotlight Series: Current Staffing Solutions
Disability:IN highlights various disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs) through the DOBE Spotlight Series. If you’d like more information about Disability:IN’s Supplier Diversity Program, please contact Cami@disabilityinorg.
In today’s business world, it’s important to effectively articulate one’s value proposition. This is certainly evident for diverse suppliers in capturing the attention and securing contracts with corporate America, as is the case with Current Staffing Solutions.
Current Staffing Solutions is a Disability:IN® certified disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE) providing digital transformation, application modernization, and cloud migration consulting services.
Eleven years ago, after a career as a technical recruiter, Bill Evans was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A year later, the housing bubble burst, and Bill found himself without a job. Bill learned during his subsequent job search that companies were hesitant to hire him, assuming he would go on disability because of his disability. This assumption propelled him to start his own company.
At first, Current Staffing was slow to grow, requiring Bill to take on subcontract work for other companies. However, through his determination and drive his hard work paid off. After a life-changing phone conversation with Comcast, a Disability:IN Partner, Current Staffing Solutions became a Tier 1 vendor for Comcast. Since then, the company has seen tremendous growth. This year, Current Staffing Solutions was named in the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. It ranked #1 in the state of Connecticut and #133 nationally, based on increased growth and revenue. “Being included in the list proves that people with disabilities, when given a chance to compete, don’t just succeed but excel.”
Aside from being certified through Disability:IN, Current Staffing Solutions is also certified by the State of Connecticut as a Minority Business Enterprise and a Disabled Business. Bill believes the Disability:IN process, though purposefully rigorous, is highly credible and looked upon favorably by the business community. According to Bill, becoming DOBE certified has had many benefits. One of the greatest benefits has been the opportunity to network and do business with many companies, like Disability:IN Partners, to which Current Staffing Solutions wouldn’t otherwise have access. The certification played a role in propelling his success, but also Bill’s know-how. Bill has built a superior product and a readiness to compete at a multinational level. That mindset has allowed Bill and his company to fill contracts for large U. S. companies, including the Hartford, Exxon Mobile Energy, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. They currently have 15 other companies with which they’re in contract negotiations. According to Bill: “None of this would have been possible without the Disability:IN certification.”
Bill has attended the Disability:IN Annual Conference multiple times. He finds it to be a fantastic opportunity for businesses. It is a great way to connect with other disability suppliers, learn more about supplier opportunities, and connect with inclusive corporations.
Disability:IN’s Supplier Diversity Program was designed to help certified DOBEs advance contract opportunities with corporations as well as government agencies. By having a procurement model based on diversity and inclusion, corporations and DOBEs achieve greater economic self-sufficiency, positive community impact, and strengthen the American economy. For more information about this certification program and others we provide, please contact Cami@disabilityin.org.
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