BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

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Although Oprah Winfrey may be the first African American woman to become a billionaire, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first to own and operate a company that generates more than $1 billion dollars in revenues. Act-1 Group, the Torrance, California-based global staffing firm, hit that target on the 2012 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 when it gained the No. 3 position with $1.4 billion in revenue, joining World Wide Technology, Bridgewater Interiors L.L.C. and CAMAC in such rare air. How did Act-1 get there? When Act-1 became our BE Industrial/Service Company of the Year in 2012, Howroyd said it took meeting the demands of corporate giants like Merck and AT&T; designing customized services that deliver maximum results; and increasing its international presence. No. 2 on the 2014 industrial/service ranking, Act-1 grossed $2.3 billion in 2013.

Although Oprah Winfrey may be the first African American woman to become a billionaire, Janice…