DALLAS — LaVonia Horne-Williams isn’t one who makes excuses.
Given her commendable track record as a rising business owner, it’s safe to say she isn’t one who waits for things to happen.
She’s empowered to make things happen.
And not just make things happen, but she makes certain others around her are positively impacted as well.
In fact, just recently, there was Horne-Williams, explaining in great detail why as a progressive, thriving entrepreneur, it’s imperative that she steadfastly esteems and inspires others daily.
“As an African American woman, stepping out on faith and advocating for small, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses, I believe it’s important to inspire others to follow their dreams,” Horne-Williams told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “If a small town girl from Monticello, Florida can do this…so can you.”
Raised in Monticello, a small, rural Florida town with a population of approximately 2,500, Horne-Williams, to her credit — and relentless faith — continues to demonstrate why her best days as a business owner are well ahead of her.
Horne-Williams, 45, is owner and chief executive officer of Horne-Williams Management Consulting, LLC.
An up-and-coming establishment that is located at 348 Tobin Drive in Buda, Texas, and officially opened for operations in September 2015, Horne-Williams Management Consulting’s mission is that it strives to enrich and educate industry partners by providing excellent training in the development and implementation of DBE/SBE/HUB/MWBE minority programs.
According to Horne-Williams, who had spent seven years working for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights as a Civil Rights Program Specialist and as a Business Opportunity Program Specialist, she felt compelled sometime last year to launch her very own consulting business, one that would offer federal program compliance for heavy highway construction projects.
In a nutshell, her primary emphasis would be to assume the role as an expert source, of sorts, particularly for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (or DBE) and Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) compliance and best practices.
So far, so good for an emerging, effective business owner who, given her immense track record, is destined to connect with the right people — early and often.
“With the changing regulatory environment of heavy highway construction projects, it is important for government agencies and companies doing business with them to be knowledgeable about diversity compliance management,” Horne-Williams explained. “As an excellent, results-oriented firm that can take their programs to the next level, Horne-Williams Management Consulting, LLC strives to enrich and educate industry partners by providing excellent training in the development and implementation of DBE/SBE/HUB/MWBE minority programs.”
That’s not all, as this opportunistic, vibrant business owner quickly points out.
That she has established a business venture of this magnitude will ultimately serve as a significant asset to a number of Texas’ thriving, progressive markets, thus provide her with the independence to function and excel in an industry that could very well become a competitive one in the foreseeable future.
Fortunately for Horne-Williams, her track record is such that she’s already ahead of the game.
“First, gaining independence with my career and recognizing that I am the captain of my fate,” said Horne-Williams, assessing what she likes the most about her business. “Next, I’m providing a service that fosters a partnership for small minority businesses in a field not readily accessible to them….heavy highway construction.”
Other appealing factors that figure to add to Horne-Williams’ entrepreneurial success is that she possesses the credentials and education to exceed even her own lofty expectations, thus eclipse her own customer service goals and objectives.
For starters, she graduated in 1988 from Jefferson County High School. Years later, she enrolled at California State University-Hayward (currently known as Cal State East Bay), where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Philosophy in 1998 (and minored in Religion).
Consequently, she graduated from Virginia College at Austin with an Associate’s Degree in paralegal studies in 2005 before earning a Master’s in Legal Studies from Texas State University in 2013.
Other notable accolades include having received certification as a Certified Compliance Administrator in 2009 through the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) and Morgan State University.
All of which essentially sums up why this former dual sport prep athlete (basketball and track and field) and high school senior class president’s reputation is such that she isn’t one who waits for things to happen.
She’s empowered to make things happen.
“The whole can-do attitude, never-quit attitude, and always-believing and quitting were never an option,” Horne-Williams, who graduated sixth overall in her high school class, said. “It taught me discipline and commitment to self.”
Not to mention no excuses.
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