Meet Janice Bryant: Black woman Who Owns a Billion-dollar Company; Nation’s Largest Black Female-own

By: Krystle Crossman

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.