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Background Checks and Corporate Research–Two New Year’s Resolutions For You

Fri, December 28th, 2007 - 12:52 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra believes that nothing is smarter than running background checks on your employment candidates and conducting corporate research on prospective vendors, clients and strategic partners. These checks can reveal the histories of your candidates and the current status of your business relations.

With the changing paradigm of the economy, corporate research is becoming more essential. It is important to know who is heading up the companies with which you are entering strategic ventures. It is good to know their economic and legal health and whether they can pay you on time.

Corra offers business credit reports as well as business partner background research. We offer a complete range of background searches for your preemployment screening needs.

In this changing landscape, be smart and do your homework. Be it business ventures or recruiting candidates, you will find that the necessary research will help you avoid needless and costly litigation and uncomfortable hiring and ventures that could result in embarrassing situations.

Check them out before you hire.

Another Year, More Companies Will be Requesting Background Checks

Thu, December 27th, 2007 - 4:27 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra has seen the background checking industry change dramatically in the last several years. More and more companies are discovering the smart move is to have a preemployment screening program in place. It is smart business It is cost effect, and it will go a long way in reducing expensive liability issues.

With the year coming to a close and the new year about to begin, Corra suggest you take stock of your needs. Establishing a good pre-employment screening program, and be sure that the background searches in your program are more than sufficient to cover all your needs.

After all, with the changing landscape of the workplace, more businesses are conducting international criminal searches as well as education verification on their foreign candidates. Corra conducts international criminal searches for most nations around the world.

Corra isn’t saying new about the world being full of surprises. Some are pleasant surprises, but most unfortunately are not so pleasant. The trick is to take necessary measures to reduce the level of unpleasant surprises. In the world of employment that means conducting background checks as a good means of avoiding mishaps.

So put a preemployment program in place for the coming year. And if you have one, be sure to update it so it meets your present needs.

Remember, check them out before you hire.

Happy New Year to one and all.

Corra Wishes All a Wonderful Holiday Season

Fri, December 21st, 2007 - 11:42 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra would like to wish clients, colleagues friend and associates a wonderful holiday season. We know more than a few of you have been rushing to get in your last minute preemployment screening checks or have been signing up for new background checking accounts. But now it’s time for all of us to take a break for a few well deserved days.

Next year we may see many changes in the industry. Corra will be offering more sophisticated criminal reports and will be expanding its corporate research. I’m sure you will find new challenges and adjustments will be necessary. Think about it over a nice glass of egg nog.

So whether it’s Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or merely the Holiday Season, have a good one, have a safe one. And remember, check them out before you hire.

Hiring Those Who Can Turn You Green

Thu, December 20th, 2007 - 3:49 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Reinventing the Cheeseburger

Burgerville’s Tom Mears took an icon of damn-the-whales consumer excess–the drive-thru cheeseburger–and turned it green. In the process, he reanimated his business.

From: Inc. Magazine| By: Chris Lydgate

Distinguishing itself from the pack
Burgerville had been a Northwest institution since its founding in 1961. But by the early 1990s, the chain had lost its sizzle. Guest counts were flat; the menu was stale. Heavyweight rivals such as McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and Burger King (NYSE:BKC) were stripping away customers. CEO Tom Mears ultimately figured that a family-owned chain of 39 quick-service restaurants, based in Vancouver, Washington, would never beat the big chains on price–so he put the focus on quality. It was a risky move for a burger joint. Nonetheless, Burgerville’s emphasis on fresh, local food appealed to diners’ hometown pride and tapped a nascent consumer hunger for more healthful, less processed food. Since then, Burgerville has launched several products built around key local ingredients. The most popular is probably the Tillamook Cheeseburger, shown here, which is made up almost entirely of sustainable, locally grown ingredients–and costs a mere $3.29.For the entire article go to

Corra sees the trend where going green can bring you bucks. Given this trend, which we assume will expand as more industries are created with the intent of cleaning up the environment, a business would be smart to review its environmental standards.

It would also pay to hire employment candidates who are cognizant of this new trend. It is even better to hire those who can lead you in the green direction. Be it the lowly burger standard of major industries where part of their attraction is the fact they are environmentally sound, ecologically progressive employees may help expand your client base and generate higher revenues in multiple channels.

Corra also notes that doing business with environmentally conscious businesses is good PR and good business practice. Consumers and clients prefer companies who try to work with other companies who support environmental causes. A bit of business research would never hurt before choosing a vendor or supplier.

As for your employment candidates, it may pay to check out their driving records as well as their education history as a means to help assess their interest in the environment. Those who drive responsibly and are better educated tend to pay more attention to the environment.

Go green. Grown your business. Check them out before you hire.

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