- Began in the spring of 2008, when three young, aspiring entrepreneurs (ages 5 and under), whose names begin with Z, were encouraged by their loving parents to “do for self” and raise their own money to purchase the go kart they always wanted. What began as a father-to-son lesson in money management and acquiring financial resources through the sale of fruit bars and pies has quickly flourished into the vision and mission of creating a multi-billion dollar international trade enterprise to benefit their children as well as other youth and communities for generations to come. THREEZ Company, LLC is committed to building a community oriented fundraising tool that supplies universally-used products at affordable prices. THREEZ Company, LLC is the first African-American owned and operated paper supply company to distribute a full line of its own name brand of residential and commercial paper products, Blissful (TM) Paper Products, established in 2008. Unlike many of our competitors, we give back to our local community by offering youth empowerment and financial literacy programs for young entrepreneurs, as well as lucrative fundraising opportunities for non-profit organizations. THREEZ Company was in fact established to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit within the owner’s three young sons. As future CEOs of the company, the sons work hand-in-hand with staff members to promote the business at various business fairs and expos. In 2012, they made their first debut at the Jacksonville Black EXPO hosted at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.
- Kidpreneur Fest is a kid's entrepreneurship expo. Kids 18 & under (high school & lower) will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses, sell their products or showcase their ideas & concepts. There will be cash prizes for best pitch, best presentation, crowd favorite and more. Investors will be on site and kidpreneurs will have the opportunity to seek additional funding for investment.
Hanan Hamed-Furqan, CEO
Hanan Hamed-Furqan is the 2017 U.S. Small Business Administration State of Florida Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year. She is also a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami, for serving in numerous leadership capacities throughout the University. Hanan has always had a passion for volunteering and helping others accomplish their goals. In 2004, she joined the Women’s Center of Jacksonville Expanded Horizons Program as a volunteer tutor providing countless hours of assistance to women seeking their GED. In 2008, she established a tutoring company that has employed over 70 tutors, served approximately 1,100 students and received an “Excellent Service Designation” from the Florida Department of Education.
Hanan is a graduate of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center Financial Matters (2013) and Marketing Matters (2014) programs. In fall of 2014, Hanan was selected by the First Coast Black Pages and Florida Black Expo as one of the “Top 20 under 40” Finalists in their inaugural class of 2014. Hanan is a graduate of the CSCMP Supply Chain Management Certification Program at Florida State College of Jacksonville and she is attending graduate school at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.
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