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Meet the first black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company in the US
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When people think of multibillion-dollar companies, staffing businesses do not typically come to mind. But Janice Bryant Howroyd built her employment agency ActOne Group to be the powerful $2.8 billion company that is today with over 17,000 clients across the globe and presence in 19 countries.
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With a $900 loan from her mother in 1978 that brought her savings up to $1,500, Howroyd started ActOne Group in the front office of a Beverly Hills rug shop with only her fax machine, phone and a list of contacts she grew along the way. Little did Howroyd know that her humble beginnings and relentless work ethic would steer her down the path to becoming one of the richest African American women in the country.