Janice Bryant Howroyd
With just $1,500 and perseverance, Janice Bryant Howroyd expanded her small, one-phone-line office into a multimillion dollar business. She began ACT-1 Personnel Services in 1978. As the company's chairman, founder, and CEO, Howroyd now heads a firm that provides staffing and human resources solutions to Fortune 500 firms worldwide. It's now an industry giant pulling in about $750 million a year.