Darla Beggs Makes the Right Connections with Abba Staffing
Running a successful business takes more than just knowledge of your industry; it takes the know-how to make smart connections that will support your business and ultimately lead to growth. Darla Beggs, owner of Abba Staffing based in Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas, has both.
Since taking on her business endeavor in 2006, Darla has grown Abba Staffing exponentially, with current earnings at approximately $8 million annually. But what’s perhaps more impressive is her ability to maintain company growth while staying true to her vision of keeping the firm small to preserve quality of service. Darla plans to use that vision as a strategy for growth in the coming years. “The staffing industry has really changed since I started,” she says. “People use it cyclically, so we see many projects becoming temporary or direct-to-hire positions. We are moving that way in our business now—we engage fewer people but over a longer period of time.” Working with fewer people has proved to be advantageous for Abba Staffing and has allowed the firm to find new ways of keeping quality and efficiency levels at an all-time high, including the implementation of a new software system. “By working with fewer people, we can do online applications and bring applicants in and get to know them for a longer-term relationship,” explains Darla.
When she’s not working on growing her own business, Darla is committed to helping other women business owners succeed by providing mentoring and professional support. For its outstanding business procedures and processes and engagement of other minority and women businesses, Abba Staffing was recently named Business Enterprise of the Year by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRC). In addition, NAWBO®’s Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter presented the company with a Star award for work mentoring other women business owners.
The drive to help other women business owners is not just a good business practice for Darla, it’s also a personal passion. “I’m trying to look at phasing out of my career and figuring out what knowledge and information I can impart to younger women and newer business owners,” she says. “If there are things I can do to help others, then certainly I want to. I can impart to them the battles I’ve gone through so they don’t need to.”
One of the ways Darla continues to learn and connect with others about leading a business is through NAWBO®. A member for more than five years, she continues to find valuable tools and information that have helped her succeed throughout the years. “I view NAWBO® as the place I go to learn about my business,” she says. “Just being around the other women business owners, I learn so much and get such energy from them.” Looking ahead, Darla is enthusiastic about the future of women business owners and is proud to be a business owner today. “This is a great time to be a business owner,” she says. “I still meet people who are surprised that a woman can own a successful business, but I get great satisfaction out of living with my own failures and successes.”