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Lifelong entrepreneur succeeds in non-traditional industry

Traci Williams is an outstanding example of women leading the way in non-traditional industries.

The owner of Crescent Construction Services Inc. spent her childhood working for the family electrical contractor business. After college, she ventured out on her own and started several small businesses.

In 2006, Williams returned to her construction roots and with partner Julian Clayton created Crescent Construction Services LLC, a drain inspection firm. Within a year, the two began expanding the company's services.

Today, thanks in part to business counseling and assistance she received through NCIMED's Women's Business Center of North Carolina (WBCNC), Crescent Construction Services Inc. employs 20 people and has engaged more than $1 billion of construction projects over the last five years. The company offers a range of services related to drain, electrical, roof and flooring systems. Williams' husband, Brad Williams, has joined the team, adding his years of construction knowledge and experience to the mix.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Williams' success with its 2012 SBA North Carolina Women in Business Champion of the Year award.

"Traci is an exceptional role model and mentor," said WBCNC director Briles Johnson. "She speaks at WBCNC events, sharing her experiences in industry, running a business and balancing home, work and life."

Williams also gives back through service on the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations, Johnson said.