ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd In the late 1970s Janice Bryant Howroyd moved to Los Angeles and began temping as a secretary. She soon realized there were many other young people in situations similar to hers. So with $1,500 in her pocket, Janice rented an office in Beverly Hills and created the staffing company ACT-1. Today, ActOne Group is an international workforce management company, making Janice Bryant Howroyd the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar business. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," how Ofer and Helene Webman developed a device that can change the way an acoustic guitar sounds without bulky pedals and amps.
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ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd

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ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd

ActOne Group: Janice Bryant Howroyd

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Janice Bryant Howroyd
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In the late 1970s Janice Bryant Howroyd moved to Los Angeles and began temping as a secretary.

She soon realized there were many other young people in situations similar to hers.

So with $1,500 in her pocket, Janice rented an office in Beverly Hills and created the staffing company ACT-1.

Today, ActOne Group is an international workforce management company, making Janice Bryant Howroyd the first African-American woman to own a billion-dollar business.

How You Built That

How Ofer and Helene Webman developed a device that can change the way an acoustic guitar sounds without bulky pedals and amps.

How You Built That: ToneWoodAmp

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