Women Wednesday Highlight Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd founded her employment staffing firm, ACT-1, in 1978 with just $1,500, a small office and a telephone. We are pleased to feature this entrepreneur maven for our Women Highlight Wednesday

Bryant Howroyd founded her employment staffing firm, ACT-1, in 1978 with just $1,500, a small office and a telephone.

34 years later, ACT-1 is the largest American company of its kind owned by a woman of color, with over 70 branches nationwide. Janice Bryant Howroyd has gone from one of 11 children growing up in segregated North Carolina to the first African-American female to own a billion-dollar business, turning $900 in her pocket when she left her hometown in 1976 into a vast fortune.

Her four core tenets are:

1. Make sure you’re prepared.

2. Understand what the goal is.

4. Always find a moment of gratitude and be grateful along the journey.

Howroyd launched the business in 1978 with the goal of helping others find employment, and the ideals she began with still resonate nearly 40 years later. Act1 is now the largest woman minority-owned employment agency in the country.

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