Otis Readily Attests to HBCUs’ Roles as Career Launching Pads

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When Amos Otis was working out of his basement in the late 1980s trying to establish his government contracting business, he “sincerely believed” he could turn his fledgling operation into a thriving enterprise. It took about five years but SoBran, Inc. finally took off. It is now a $61 million technical and professional services company that provides expertise on biomedical research, engineering and logistics programs for government and commercial clients around the world.

Success didn’t come easy, but Otis doesn’t hesitate to give credit.

“I attribute it to my education at Tennessee State University, where you believed if you got a chance, you could do anything. I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was, but I believed I could do it. I also understood I couldn’t do it by myself, that I had to hire other people — people smarter than me.”

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