FROM THE days when Ada Hollingsworth was growing up as one of nine children, she has known hard work and entrepreneurship.
The family owned a grocery store, restaurant and service station.
"I could always get interested in the creation of black businesses," says Hollingsworth, who owns A&A Travel with Venita Ready and Cheryl Evans.
She knows well the struggle minorities and women have in creating a business. The owners have experience in the travel industry, but Hollingsworth acknowledges it will take time for the year-old business to turn a significant profit.
"If we don't create businesses in the minority community such as beauty salons, neighborhood grocery stores, local cleaners and travel agencies, people with only high school diplomas or high school equivalences will get locked out of the job market."
Hollingsworth, 50, also is heavily involved politically, actively supporting Democratic candidates. She worked overtime for months on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. She recently spent two weeks in Washington helping with the confirmation process for Webb Hubbell as associate attorney general.
She and her husband, Les, have four adult children. She is an avid golfer and loves to play at Chenal Country Club.