Community Involvement

  • Giving Back in Our Local Communities

    Whether we are helping people build their careers or their businesses, Express believes that hope is the foundation for a successful life.

     

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  • Our Success: Helping People

    Express Employment Professionals is active in its communities both nationally and locally through its franchise offices. Express gives back in order to help communities, organizations and individuals succeed. The Express corporate giving program reflects the company's vision to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible find good people.

  • A Work of Heart

  • Congratulations to Diego and Alejandra!

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    On November 4, 2022, The National Minority Supplier Developer Council (NMSDC) named Express Employment Professionals of Memphis one of the fastest-growing companies in their fiftieth-anniversary conference and exchange. The award recognizes minority-owned businesses as they grow within their production and community.

    Previous winners include franchises such as Nissan of Franklin, TN, Fluent360, and Guy Brown Diverse Solutions.

    The Fast 50 are those NMSDC-certified minority business enterprises that have shown the most growth and resourcefulness to scale and meet the needs of their stakeholders. Last year’s awards were based on the highest average revenue growth rate for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

    “Diego and Alejandra are the kinds of Franchisees who roll up their sleeves and get to work,” Christi Patrick, Franchise development for the Delta City Music region, said. “This award is a testament to the type of leaders they are. Every challenge is addressed with a can-do attitude, and their commitment to diversity has helped create a culture in their offices where everyone can thrive. Diego truly understands the value of developing people to their fullest potential, which allows the entire office to reach new heights!”

     

    For its fiftieth anniversary, the NMSDC hosted its annual event in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a special thank you to all who made minority business growth possible. Their goal is to serve as a growth engine for certified minority businesses and enable members to advance economic equality. They have created a network to help these businesses connect and grow from the efforts of each other.

     

    “What an honor it is to be awarded one of The Fast 50: Top Growing Minority business enterprises (MBEs),” Diego said. “Being part of this elite group of businesses nationwide that have shown the most growth for 2019, 2020, and 2021 is something we owe to our amazing team! This award is for them and the hard work they put in every day to help our talented associates and clients succeed.”

  • Desoto County Dream Center 5k Fun & Run Race

      

    Express Employment is on a mission to put a million people to work and help provide hope through great jobs. Express Employment Professionals us active in its communities of Desoto County and Memphis through its three franchise offices. Express gives back in order to help communities, organizations and individuals succeed. The Express corporate giving program reflects the company's vision to help as many people as possible, find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible and to find good people

    On September of 2022, Express was partnering with The Desoto County Dream Center, a local charity offering a holistic approach to serving residents of Desoto County who are facing poverty and hopelessness by offering basic necessities like food, education, clothing and healthcare, and giving families and individuals an opportunity to dream again. This year, we were excited to give back and serve the communities that have supported us by sponsored a team and provided volunteers in partnership with Desoto County Dream Center with their effort to give back and help the underserved in our community. We wanted thank you to all of the runners, volunteers and attendees who have participated in our campaign for Desoto County 5K Run&Fun Race this past Saturday, because of your support we were able to title 1 student and their families by providing food, clothing, healthcare, and education. Thank you for helping our community to "Dream Again"

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  • Christmas Parade with the Clydesdales

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    Diego Lejwa, franchise owner of Express Employment Professionals of DeSoto County has literally taken the reins of a growing company and steered it in the right direction.

    On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Lejwa and his staff along with the Southaven Chamber of Commerce recognized the company's first-year anniversary in Southaven in grand style. Champion Clydesdale horses, the familiar breed similar in stature to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, were on hand at the employment company's Getwell Road location, to mark Express Employment Professionals' milestone. These particular Clydesdales are owned by one of the company's co-founders who loves horses and Clydesdales in particular.

    As Lejwa explained, Express took the initiative to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in conjunction with the first-year anniversary event. Individuals could have their photos snapped with the Clydesdales and make a donation on behalf of St. Jude, according to Lejwa.

    "This is something we wanted to do to give back to the community," Lejwa said, adding that he wanted Southaven and the community to share in the company's success this past year.

    "It's been an exciting year for us," added Lejwa. "We finished the year in the Top 70 of all 780 offices. This year, we are at 50 already."

    For the past four years, the parent company of Express Employment Professionals has recognized his efforts by putting the firm in its “Circle of Excellence." In fact, the company has received bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond levels. Lejwa opened his office in Olive Branch in 2012 and exactly a year ago moved to its current location of 5760 Getwell Road, Building 6.

    "It's an exciting area to be in — it's my hometown now," added Lejwa. "It's a great economy, great people. Our idea is to put good people to work in great companies."

    Southaven Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Kyle praised company officials for becoming involved and integrated within the greater Southaven and Olive Branch communities.

    "Express Employment Professionals is a great partner in the Southaven community," Kyle said. "Fulfilling the workforce demand for the area is key to economic prosperity."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune

  • bitbBrand It Blue Initiative

    The Brand It Blue Initiative was born out of a desire to serve and partner with a variety of nonprofit organizations in more than 800 locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. As part of the mission of Express Employment Professionals, our franchises help connect qualified job seekers with reputable companies, but also go above and beyond to provide hope to their communities.

    In recent years, franchise offices partnered with local food banks to help end chronic hunger. Between 2013 – 2017, Express staff, associates, clients, friends, and family provided nearly 600,000 meals through food drives, monetary collections, and volunteer hours served!  

    Realizing our franchisees our passionate about numerous causes, from hunger to education, homeless animals to senior citizens, the Brand It Blue Initiative is now a year-long, expanded philanthropic effort. We invite you to join us as we give back.

    Locate and call the nearest Express Employment Professionals office near you to find out how you can participate!



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    The employees of a nationally-franchised company known for fulfilling critical employment needs gave up free time on a recent Saturday to sort soft drinks and stack boxes as part of a day of volunteerism called "Brand It Blue Day."

    "It's a way for us to really give back to our community," said Diego Lejwa, DeSoto and Shelby counties franchisee and owner of Express Employment Professionals in Southaven. "There are so many families who need it in DeSoto and Marshall counties."

    This past Saturday, Express Employment Professionals offices from California to North Carolina to Canada joined together at local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger, a growing epidemic that impacts millions of people in the U.S., Canada and around the world every day. During that time, more than 200 Express offices and 1,500 volunteers have donated their time and resources to provide more than 156,000 meals to local food banks and charitable organizations. Saturday marked the fourth year that the staffing company has held "Brand It Blue Day."

    Express began hosting a food drive at its franchise office at 5740 Getwell Road in early May. On Saturday, volunteers gathered the food and transported it to the HeartLand Hands Food Pantry, where they helped sort and package items on site.

    "We've done this in the past with the food pantry in Olive Branch," Lejwa said. "We found out about HeartLand Hands about two months ago. What's impressive about them is that they help families not only in DeSoto and Marshall counties but across North Mississippi."

    Pastor Mike Higgins with HeartLand Hands Food Pantry said the food pantry opened its doors in November of 2006.

    "Because of the dedication of companies like this, this operation works," Higgins said. "We're touching about 3,000 lives a month."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune

  • Painting Olive Branch Elementary Schoolschool painting

    It was a case of painting the town — or make that the school, with a fresh coat of paint at Olive Branch Elementary School on Saturday.

    For Diego Lejwa, Owner of Express Employment Professionals of DeSoto County and Ryan Barnes, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Olive Branch, picking up paintbrushes and rollers and helping to spruce up classrooms and hallways of one of the oldest schools in the district is the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    Sunnie Barkley, Olive Branch Elementary School Principal, said the school, located in Olive Branch Old Towne, dates to 1972 and over the years has seen its share of wear and tear.

    "We are so thankful to them for taking this project on," said Barkley, who rolled up her sleeves and went to work alongside volunteers from Express Employment Professionals and other participating businesses which are part of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Young Business Leaders group.

    "We put out a proposal to all of the local schools to see what their needs might be and Principal Barkley came forward and gave us four or five areas that needed work," Barnes said. "Some areas that needed work included hallways that still had circa 1970s and 80s dark wood paneling.Other areas, including a replica battleship inside a classroom were painted with what else — battleship gray-colored paint. This is one of the ways that we can give back to the community and put people to work to do something good for the community."

    Lejwa said his staff takes on several community projects a year as a means of "giving back to the community."

    "We've been here for four years now," Lejwa said. "Every year, we have another project called "Brand It Blue.' We collected 450 pounds of food to give to area food pantries."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune