Recognition for Excellence

We proudly showcase our award-winning member organizations!


  • YUPRO wins American Staffing Association Care Award!

yupro-cThe American Staffing Association selected Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO) for its 2018 Care Award which recognizes outstanding social responsibility initiatives among its members. YUPRO was honored for its alternative approach to employing young adults often overlooked by traditional hiring practices while earning a 94% satisfaction rate among its corporate clients.


  • Project Return recognized with Regional Impact Award

Logo_Project ReturnThe Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2020 recognized Project Return for its impact in building the region’s workforce and promoting its economic prosperity. Project Return has partnered with some 200 area businesses to employ more than 500 job seekers returning from incarceration, in part through the temp-to-hire services of its staffing enterprise PRO Employment.


  • WorkSquare honored with Business and Leadership Service Award


The Miami-Dade chapter of SCORE selected WorkSquare and its President Ian James for its 2016 Miami Business and Leadership Service Award! This award honors an individual making significant contributions to Miami-Dade County through their efforts and passion to help others. Founded in 2008 by Vanessa Bartram, WorkSquare combines temp-to-hire job placements with financial literacy training to create a path toward economic stability for South Florida’s low-wage job seekers. This year, the staffing firm has permanently placed a record number of employees (over 300 to date!) with employer customers that include the City of Miami Beach, W Hotels, Loews Hotels, and North American Mining.

  • MaineWorks founder named Maine’s Small Business Person of the Year

maineworks-logoThe US Small Business Administration has named MaineWorks founder Margo Walsh as Maine’s Small Business Person of the Year. MaineWorks provides temporary employment opportunities, mainly in construction, bridge and road building, for individuals who want to move their lives forward after incarceration, addiction and other challenges. MaineWorks is proud to offer these job seekers a dignified work experience and supportive services that help them successfully reenter society.


  • The Cara Program recognized with Social Innovator Award

The Chicago Innovation Awards presented The Cara Program with its 2015 Social Innovator Award for TCP Staffing. In all, 24 organizations were selected from a pool of some 535 nominations for Chicago Innovation Award honors, which recognize and support companies that generate novel solutions to important problems and make an impact across public, private and nonprofit sectors. Launched in 2013, TCP Staffing mainly places graduates of Cara’s Life and Career Skills Training with retail/customer service and property management clients. As it enters its third year, TCP is positioning itself to recruit and place a broader pool of candidates and expand its staffing services to other key industries in the Chicago market.

  • EMBERS Staffing Solutions founder Marcia Nozick receives Social for Good Award

The Women in Biz Network Association, a community of some 20,000 woman entrepreneurs across Canada, selected Marcia Nozick, founder and president of EMBERS Staffing Solutions (ESS), for its 2015 Social for Good Award. The award recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurs who are making positive impacts and pushing the bounds of social enterprise. ESS operates in Vancouver, British Columbia, providing work opportunities for people starting over in their lives – graduates of addiction recovery programs, people exiting prison, immigrants, people with disabilities and others. In 2014, ESS employed 877 people, converted 400 workers to full-time hire and paid $3.1 million in wages and benefits.


  • MaineWorks awarded Successful Innovative Small Business

maineworks-logoThe Portland, Maine chapter of SCORE selected MaineWorks for its 2014 Successful Innovative Small Business award. MaineWorks, a Certified B Corp launched in 2011, helps nonviolent ex-offenders, recovering substance abusers, veterans, and immigrants re-enter the workforce, mainly through temporary jobs in the construction industry. In four years, the company has grown its revenues to nearly $2 million.

  • Emerge Community Development named Non-Profit of the Year

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Emerge Community Development as Non-Profit of the Year in its annual Best in Business Awards for business leadership and outstanding community achievements. Emerge Community Development is led by Mike Wynne, and its staffing enterprise EmergeWORKS is at the hub of a variety of workforce programming that helps match job seekers with local employers to create success for both. Watch a 2-minute video here.


  • DePaul Industries recognized as Outstanding Ability One Program Vendor

DePaul Industries is among 34 industry partners, customers and individuals honored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for outstanding efforts in their work with the agency to provide supplies and services to America’s military forces. DePaul was recognized as Outstanding Ability One Program Vendor for exemplifying “overall excellence in superior product quality, on-time delivery, superior customer service, reliability, dependability, consistency and accuracy.”

DePaul Industries is one of nearly 600 community-based, nonprofit agencies nationwide that employ people with disabilities and qualify as Community Rehabilitation Programs to secure federal contracts through the Ability One program. DLA is a Department of Defense combat support agency that sources and provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services.

  • EMBERS Staffing Solutions named Social EnterPrize Gold Award Winner

EMBERS Staffing Solutions was named Social EnterPrize Gold Award Winner in the under $1 Million category at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The award was presented by the Trico Charitable Foundation and recognizes the positive changes EMBERS Staffing Solutions is making in the lives of Vancouver citizens facing barriers to employment who simply need a second chance at leading an independent, positive life.

EMBERS Staffing Solutions began operating in 2008 and offers companies socially responsible staffing services, mainly in the construction sector. EMBERS recruits disadvantaged job seekers including First Nations people, newcomers to Vancouver, and individuals leaving recovery programs and correctional facilities, in addition to workers from the general population. They currently employ an average of 35 to 40 people daily, and over half of EMBERS’ temporary workers transition into full-time work.

  • TeenForce honored as White House Champion of Change

John Hogan, founder and CEO of TeenForce, was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for its work with the Obama Administration’s Youth Jobs+ program!

With youth unemployment at record levels, Youth Jobs+ seeks to engage businesses, nonprofits, elected officials and faith institutions in creating pathways to employment for young Americans. TeenForce, an alternative staffing enterprise that places work-ready youth ages 14-24 in competitive employment, was recognized for its business approach to helping young job seekers, including current and former foster youth, develop the discipline and skills they need to succeed and advance in the workplace.


  • WorkSquare founder Vanessa Bartram selected as Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur

Vanessa Bartram, founder of WorkSquare in Miami, Florida was selected by the Hitachi Foundation as one of four Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs of 2012. Through this competitive award, Hitachi recognizes “businesses that are creating real opportunities for upward mobility for low-wealth Americans.”

Vanessa founded WorkSquare in 2008 as a way to connect reliable, motivated job seekers with opportunities for employment and advancement while also improving their financial stability. Annually, the company places about 400 individuals into stable employment with 100 of these transitioning into permanent jobs.


  • First Step Staffing presented with Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits presented First Step Staffing in Atlanta, Georgia with the prestigious 2011 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization at its 20th Annual Nonprofit Summit. First Step Staffing was recognized for its “work in providing jobs, work force development, housing, and benefits to Atlanta’s homeless.”

First Step Staffing is managed by Barbara Peters and was launched in 2008 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Greg Block as a strategy to help homeless individuals re-enter the workforce, earn steady income and break the cycle of homelessness. As of 2011, First Step Staffing had placed over 1,400 people who have cumulatively earned $3.1 million on First Step’s payroll.

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits notes that in addition to First Step participants’ income, which goes directly into Atlanta’s economy, millions are saved annually in public expenditures for emergency room use, policing, court costs and jails.


  • DePaul Industries Honored for Heart of the Workforce Training

The Northwest Food Processors Association Education and Research Institute named DePaul Industries 2009 Food Processor of the Year. The award recognizes DePaul’s “Heart of the Workforce” or “HOW” training initiative, an innovative program created to help solve food processing businesses’ staffing shortages for skilled and semi-skilled workers. This issue looms as a major challenge facing the food processing industry in the next five to 10 years.

The HOW program evolved as DePaul listened to the needs of its customers in the food processing industry. Three tiers of training are geared toward entry-level, semi-skilled and skilled workers. The first tier involves 35 hours of coursework and prepares workers in the basics of entry-level food production, including workplace readiness, workplace safety, food safety and food handling. Trainees earn four credentials: a Workforce Readiness certificate from the Oregon Department of Education; an OSHA-approved Workplace Safety Program certificate from the Oregon Education Association; the State of Oregon food handler license; and certification in AIB good manufacturing and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point processes.