Black Business Profile: The ACT 1 Group

  • ActOne Group, Inc. provides employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions to Fortune 500 organizations, local and mid-market companies, and government agencies.
  • ActOne Group companies include AppleOne, All’s Well, AT-Tech, ACT-1 Personnel Services, Agile-1, ACT-1Govt, A-Check Global, which provides personnel and recruiting services to different industries, and DSSI, which provides document management services.
  • ACT-1 Group provides services to its clients via a number of different platforms including its technology and management solutions company AgileOne, its staffing company AppleOne and its background checks and screening company A-Check.
  • ActOne Group is now a multibillion-dollar corporation, with a worldwide presence and over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees in 19 countries, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
  • ActOne Group, Janice says, has invested millions of dollars to create one of the industry’s most advanced technologies and talent platforms for the utilities, energy, health care and broadband industries. She says she is proud that “the process, culture and technology of ActOne Group better assures that both the hirer and the hired are aligned for growth.”

Janice Bryant

Net worth: $520,000,000

  • Janice Bryant Howroyd was born on September 1, 1952 in Tarboro, North Carolina, the fourth of 11 children in her family.
  • She is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor.
  • She is founder and chief executive officer of The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, minority-woman-owned personnel company founded in the U.S.
  • Howroyd is most well known as being the first African American woman to build and own a billion-dollar company.
  • Janice highlights how important her mother and father were to her personal values. As she writes in the dedication in her book, The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You! “They demonstrated how to live my personal and professional life and give service to the community.” Her father taught her discipline, “God, family, community” and focus. Her mother, she says, believed in “beauty and elegance but also toil, purpose and sustenance.”
  • Today Janice is #39 on the 2017 Forbes list of America’s Richest Self- Made Women.
  • As a teen, she was one of the first African American students to desegregate her town’s previously segregated high school
  • Through her participation in Project Upward Bound during high school, Janice had the opportunity to attend classes at an all-white local college. There, she recalls, the young white female students embraced her. She adds that, throughout her professional life, white women have befriended and supported her in stark contrast to what she experienced growing up.
  • Howroyd was educated at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a degree in English.

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