Nationwide security firm founded in Chicago serves corporate, small business and government entities with focus on expanding economic opportunities in underserved communities
The AGB Investigative Services grand opening events begin at 8 a.m. in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local partners and Chicago dignitaries. Morning events include conversation with founders John Griffin and Dr. Denitra Griffin, networking and a tour of the 16,000-square-foot headquarters. The location will be the central global location of AGB Investigative Services and will include training and development facilities of the AGB Institute and the Always Giving Back Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm that provides scholarships and growth opportunities to Chicago youth.
The free Community Resource and Job Fair, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will give job seekers one-on-one interaction with professionals in business and government service. The community celebration features a catered reception with a live DJ. A panel of entrepreneurs will offer insights on their struggles and paths to success, and the Always Giving Back Foundation will present a $500 scholarship to a deserving minority college student.
The $2.5 million headquarters project is a full-gut renovation of an existing building. The location will provide an economic boost to the neighborhood, part of the Auburn-Gresham community area, and an easily accessible location for AGB’s workforce. The company employs more than 750 full-time workers, providing state-approved training and professional opportunities in underserved communities; 98 percent of AGB employees are minorities, and 65% reside in the most violent areas of Chicago.
The space includes 2,300 square feet dedicated to three classrooms of the AGB Institute, the only security firm in Illinois with an Illinois Board of Higher Education-approved training program. The public can reserve the classrooms, which can be combined to create a large space for community meetings.
Local contractors in the rehab include GMA Construction Group, Destiny Decorator and Diamond Waste & Recycling. AGB is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, certified under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program, and 85% of its vendors are MBEs as well. The company has spent an estimated $1.5 million on minority vendors.
Originally founded as an investigation firm, the company has grown to become a full-service security provider and an operator of Illinois Board of Education-certified training programs. AGB trained over 300 security professionals in 2018 alone, and over 5,100 security professionals since its inception. Clients include ComEd, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and Walmart.
AGB is the only African-American-owned security firm to hold the prestigious ISO 9001 certification for customer focus, consistent execution and continuous improvement. AGB employs Six Sigma Black Belt project management professionals. In a past performance evaluation conducted by Dun & Bradstreet Open Ratings, clients gave AGB a 94 percent rating.