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5 secrets for success from the first black woman to build a billion-dollar company

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5 secrets for success from the first black woman to build a billion-dollar company

By Renee Morad via

Janice Bryant Howroyd dishes her best advice for anyone hoping to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

When Janice Bryant Howroyd was at the start of her career, she was appalled by the way she was treated when applying for jobs in Los Angeles. “I met with several employment companies, and they had posters on the wall and dollar signs by each applicant’s name,” she recounted to Know Your Value “It made me feel like a commodity and not a person.”

Bryant Howroyd knew there was a better way to recruit and retain talent. Specifically, she knew there had to be a shift from simply filling a position to focusing on the applicant and making sure they felt satisfied and empowered. “If the employees are placed well and are happy, the companies they work for will do well,” she said.

Taking a $900 loan from her mom and a giant leap of faith, Bryant Howroyd started her own company in 1978. She founded ActOne Group, a global enterprise that provides employment, workforce…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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