Small business owner touts benefits of Knoxville's Business Brea

Small business owner touts benefits of Knoxville's Business Breakfast

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Haseeb Qureshi runs Avenue Factory out of his loft in the Old City. Haseeb Qureshi runs Avenue Factory out of his loft in the Old City.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The city of Knoxville's annual Business Breakfast is once again bringing small business owners together for the chance to land some big city contracts.

The city says several contracts worth millions of dollars will be up for bid over the next 12 to 18 months.

It was almost a year ago that Haseeb Qureshi caught a news report announcing the opportunity for local small business owners to meet and greet with the city and talk about city contracts.

"I was watching TV and I saw a little clip about it, and I took a quick snapshot of it on my phone so I could look at the details later, because all I saw was hosted by the city, breakfast and business opportunities and I thought all those words resonated well with me," said Qureshi.

Qureshi runs Avenue Factory out of his loft in the Old City. It's a company he started just two years ago that creates custom codes for websites.

"We primarily work with designers in this region and area and they have their clients that want new marketing initiatives and websites and so we work with those designers to make sure their designers look right online and look good between all sorts of browsers," explained Qureshi.

After attending last year's business breakfast he found out the city was looking to redesign its website. He threw his hat in the ring with 21 others and won the $21,000 contract.

"The process was a lot smoother and a lot less scary than I thought it would be, because I'm thinking in my head I'm working with the city," said Qureshi. "I'm going to be working with a legal department. We're going to sign some pretty hefty contracts."

Qureshi says it's all been a great learning experience and has taken his business places he didn't know it could go.

"Some of the biggest successes as a small business owner, and I think many people would agree with me on this, have come from short finite moments that are truly happen stance and I can connect those dots and for me it all started with this project at this breakfast," said Qureshi.

Qureshi encourages every small business owner in town to check out the breakfast and says even if you don't land a contract the opportunity to network with city officials and other business owners is well worth it.

This year's breakfast is taking place Thursday June 12 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

More online: Register for the breakfast

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