By Ryan Velez
Hurricane Harvey began the widespread devastation across the U.S. and Caribbean, affecting Houston and the surrounding area. Earlier, we covered how this was a particular concern for the Black business community, which had found much success in Houston in recent years, fitting for the most diverse city in the country. However, Black Enterprise profiles 4 businesses that did not let the hurricane stop them, and were crowned 2017 Pinnacle Award winners by the Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC).
This award is designed to honor local businesses ran by African American entrepreneurs that have achieved the height of success and positively impacted their communities. Courtney Johnson-Rose, the chamber’s board chair, said the small business award winners achieved success in the midst of the storm. “We are proud of those GHBC businesses that have continued to thrive post-Hurricane Harvey.”
First is She’s Happy Hair, which has been supplying quality hair products for five years. Co-founders Warren Broadnax and Marcus Bowers built the company into one of the largest virgin hair suppliers in the country, with more than $18 million in annual revenue.
Second is Sterling Staffing Solutions, run by twin brothers Stephen and Sterling Carter. Having recently served in the Army, the two combined their specialties in business management and clinical expertise. Since its founding in 2011, the business has grown to more than 800 licensed clinicians. Together, its workforce has completed over 4,567 rehabilitative visits in disciplines ranging from occupational therapist to laboratory technician and medical specialist.
Troi and Kelley Taylor run Taylor Construction Management LLC, a project management consulting firm. This multi-million earning and award-winning company, on top of running major construction projects, have managed to boost the local economy and give back to the community. Recently, we covered how they got a massive contract with Texas A&M University.
Finally is the Imani School, founded by Patricia Hogan Williams, who has over 30 years in education. The Imani School started as a preschool for 25 children. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest independent, private, predominately African American schools, serving students from preschool through eighth grade.
“It was an honor to be in a room filled with so many members of our community who have really strived to make a difference,” Rose said. “Every year, our awards committee faces a challenge only choosing four winners but this year may have been the toughest yet!”