The Indiana Black Expo is kicking the week off with a focus on business, with the goal to inspire, nurture and develop African American business men and women.
RTV6 talked to a structural engineer who started her own engineering and management company.
Sahara Williams, 36, wears a hard hat and is walking the hard road of operating a successful business.
Most recently, she has been on the job site of Indianapolis Public School 99, Arlington Woods Elementary. Her firm, Enginuity, is the construction manager for the $6.6 million renovation.
Williams is straightforward with how she has managed to guide her 4.5-year-old business to prosperity.
"You have to be competitive in price," Williams told RTV6's Derrik Thomas. "You have to do a good job. You have to build relationships, so people know your company and have confidence in your company. We strive to do all those things."
Williams' company now has four employees, who are managing 18 projects around the city. Williams said she hopes to have as many as 15 employees, but she will respond to whatever her customers need.
The firm has been recognized for its work with an award from IPS last year and a Celebration of Diversity Award from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard this year.
There is no shortage of ambition burning inside Williams.
"Persistence and dedication are the two key things," she said. "You have to have it set out that you are going to get it done. You have to drive toward that, no matter what comes after you."
Jeff Mroz, with Garcia Construction, is working with Enginuity on the School 99 site, and he had nothing but good things to say about Williams.
"She is extremely thorough in the reviewing of extra cost processes," Mroz said. "(She's) just a fair contractor to work with."
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