Success Story

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THREEZ Company

The business consulting I’ve received at the FSBDC at UNF has encouraged me to examine my business practices, set growth strategies and has provided a pathway to meet those goals.

Hanan Furqan has had many successes as a small business operator, including being named the 2017 North Florida District and State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year. The journey to this achievement started six years ago, when Hanan started THREEZ Company, LLC, the first African-American owned and operated paper supply company to manufacture and distribute a full line of its own brand of residential and commercial paper products, Blissful paper Products TM. With resilience and hard work, Hanan established this company as an authorized distributor of over 5,000 janitorial, food service, paper and safety supplies that are eco-friendly and competitively priced.

As the owner and CEO, Hanan worked hard to lead THREEZ Company, LLC towards distinguished performance as an efficient and effective paper product and facility maintenance supplier. Her hard work paid off as she soon began fulfilling contracts with the City of Jacksonville and Duval County Public Schools, as well as the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, and has successfully supplied over 800 public buildings and 300 schools throughout the Jacksonville area.

Hanan has not stopped at pursuing just her dreams; she has helped others fulfill theirs through many community-building and volunteering activities. She’s launched lucrative fundraising opportunities for schools and non-profit organizations and provided countless hours of tutoring assistance to women seeking their GED. She also volunteers in many women business leadership groups and offers literacy programs for young entrepreneurs.

Although Hanan has brought her business to the successful path it is currently on, it was not always easy. Through the years, Hanan faced some adversities and obstacles, mainly involving competing in an industry with very low minority participation and very stiff competition. Her recent award as Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year is a testament to overcoming these obstacles and moving her business forward in spite of them.

As Hanan has taken on the task of growing her business to higher levels, she has utilized the assistance of consultant, Lucy Diala, at the FSBDC at UNF toward better business planning, targeting customers and implementing management improvements.

“The business consulting I’ve received at the FSBDC at UNF has encouraged me to examine my business practices, set growth strategies and has provided a pathway to meet those goals,” says Hanan. Hanan is a recent graduate of ScaleUP North Florida, an SBA funded initiative that is designed to help growth-oriented, high-potential entrepreneurs create jobs, increase sales and access capital for business development.

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