Central Research Inc. (CRI) in Lowell, Arkansas, is a people-information firm specializing in the identification, verification, and documentation of deceased and incarcerated individuals, as well as Freedom of Information Act support services. Within the last year CRI has started two new major contracts with the federal government. These contracts with the Department of Education and Department of Homeland Security increased CRI’s staffing to over 400 full-time employees.
Johnny Dillard, a service-disabled veteran, and his son, Scott, started the company in 1999, working part time from their respective kitchen tables. With hard work and a lot of luck, CRI has grown to a $15 million business in 2016.
A successful participant in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, Johnny was the 2011 Arkansas Minority Small Business Person of the Year, and the 2012 Arkansas Veteran Small Business Champion. He was also one of eight... Read More