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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Sam Mohamed and Salman Quraishi, BusinessBid

Duo have proved that a small business, even on just 1 year old, can find many ways to give back to the local community

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Sam Mohamed and Salman Quraishi, BusinessBid

This week’s Entrepreneurs of The Week, Sam Mohamed and Salman Quraishi, the co-founders of BusinessBid, have proved that a small business can find many ways to give back to the local community only a year after establishing itself.

BusinessBid, an online service provisioning platform serving as a virtual market, was officially launched in December 2014 with a vision to connect UAE residents to local, competitively priced and reliable service providers.

Now they cover nearly 700 defined services in all sectors ranging from residential, commercial, corporate, automotive, lifestyle and education, and receive over 100 customer enquiries a day.

However, the duo has already implemented a paid internship programme for students of local universities.

During a month-long training, the selected students get exposed to different areas of business – operations, marketing, client engagement and service management.

Furthermore, all BusinessBid employees are encouraged to participate in Gulf for Good (G4G), an annual adventure challenge programme through which participants raise money that is then donated to a number of handpicked charities in the region.

Earlier this year, they also participated in hosting an Iftar feed for a 1,000 labourers at a labour camp during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Lastly, the BusinessBid team took part in raising funds for the ‘Children First Programme’ for two children with special needs.

Do you know an entrepreneur who deserves to be our Entrepreneur of the Week? Please send your nominations to neil.king@itp.com and tamara.pupic@itp.com

For information, tips and advice on setting up a new business or insights from those who have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship, click on the Arabian Business StartUp section.