Meet a Black Woman Who Owns a Billion Dollar Company; It’s Not Oprah

Janice-Bryant-HowroydMost people have heard about Oprah Winfrey and are impressed by her empire which she is still running and growing. Every year Oprah makes “the top” of some list which highlights her influence or her financial accomplishments. Well, Oprah is not the only Black woman to build an empire that exceeds a billion dollars in income.

According to healthyblackwoman.com Janice Bryant Howroyd is another woma who has healthy finances:

Janice Bryant Howroyd has made quite a name for herself. She was the first black woman ever to own a billion dollar company. Starting in 1978 she opened a one-office company called Act-1 Personal Services. As the business grew it evolved into Act-1 Group. The company now employs over 2,500 people. There are now 240 satellite offices that are located in 9 different countries. Some of the services that the company offers are services on executive travel management as well as employee background checks and so much more.

Act-1 held the number three spot for the nation’s largest black-owned company on the BE Industrial/Service list in 2011. In 2010 revenues topped $1.4 billion. Bryant Howroyd has been a keynote speaker at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in 2012. She spoke about her success and how over the last 40 years she has been able to keep the company running successfully even through rough economic times. Because of its growth and immense success Act-1 is now the largest woman minority-owned business in the country.

Thanks to Bryant Howroyd’s business savvy Act-1 Group is on track to become a $2 billion per year company. The staffing services that Act-1 provides have been used by corporate giants such as AT&T, Sempra Energy, and Merck. Bryant Howroyd navigated the economic downfalls by understanding the different demands of the changing economic climate. She also is able to anticipate the needs of her clients and provides customized services based on those needs. This is a large part of what has made her company continue to grow. She provides the clients with the best possible service and understands the changes that the economy goes through.

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3 Responses to “Meet a Black Woman Who Owns a Billion Dollar Company; It’s Not Oprah”

  1. Robinette says:

    She is fake

  2. Terrie Lynn says:

    Her success is inspiring.

  3. Cletis Allen says:

    I am honored to know that! Everything is not always publicly known! A great way to be low-key, humble but powerful and great! To God be the Glory

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