Written by: Cori Anne Natoli, The News Journal
This article appeared in The News Journal, Business Section 9/17/2013
It’s one thing to call yourself an entrepreneur, a risk-taker with enough moxie to take a business plan from concept to creation.
It’s quite another to cultivate a workplace where revenue grows rapidly amid a sluggish economy. Yet that’s exactly what the leadership at CBI Group, a privately held, Newark-based human resources firm with an office in Wilmington, is accomplishing.
Under the direction of founder and president Chris Burkhard, the firm that provides recruitment, staffing and outplacement services to companies nationwide and in Delaware has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies, for the third time in six years.
A total of 16 First State firms made it to this year’s list.
“Appearing on the Inc. 5000 list is not only an honor for CBI Group, but it reflects the current realities of an ever-changing workforce,” Burkhard said. “To see consistent growth within a recruiting and staffing company shows that organizations need to have recruitment and talent strategies that meet today’s fluctuating business climate.”
The firm has reported 128 percent growth from 2010 to 2012, according to Caitlin Olszewski, CBI officer manager, and has provided services for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.
The fairly young company has navigated an ever-evolving digital landscape and seen success using social media channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
CBI has implemented specialty software to enhance its recruitment process, communication and information gathering, Olszewski said.
For CBI, it comes down to how the team communicates and gathers information, spokeswoman Kelly Murray said Thursday.
“These two things have changed the most over the years, and we’ve been able to leverage the advances in digital technology to adapt and stay current for our customers,” Murray said. “In today’s market it is certainly a necessity. The best solutions and interaction with clients is a blend of face-to-face, phone, Internet, email and social media.”