Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder and CEO of ACT-1 Temporary Staffing. Act-1 offers HR services and consulting to over 10,000 clients. This $941 million dollar company was started with $1,500 and a $900 loan from her mother. Act-1 is the largest minority woman-owned employment agency.
Act-1 has held offices in as many as 75 cities. Howroyd’s idea to create an employment agency grew out AppleOne Employment Serivces, a company founded by her husband.
“I didn’t have a lot of what people typically have to start a business but I did have a lot of intelligence,” says Howroyd, “Sometimes when you don’t have anything, you can be bolder than someone who has something and is afraid to lose it.”
According to Today Howroyd talks about her core tenets listed below.
1. Make sure you’re prepared.
2. Understand what the goal is.
3. Understand that all of those around, particularly family, are part of that success.
4. Always find a moment of gratitude and be grateful along the journey.
When it comes to thinking globally Janice Bryant Howroyd shared with Black Enterprise that, “You have to think and act globally. “No matter what the size of your business, no matter what the generation or iteration of your business, you are in a global business,” she says. “We all compete globally – no matter what we manufacture, no matter what we deliver as a service or a solution, there is someone else in the world also doing that–and technology has brought us together into a single community.”