Every year, the city of Torrance, CA honors local businesses for their innovative economic development strategies. At the ninth annual Torrance Advantage Award ceremony held at the local Strand Brewery on March 31st, 2016, winners were announced and recognized for their contributions to Torrance’s strong economy. There were five award categories: People to People Award, Enriching the Community Award, Quality of Life Community Investor Award, Long-Term Investor Award and Special Recognition. BQE Software won the coveted Long-Term Investor Award which recognizes businesses that have demonstrated excellence throughout the years with sustained success through partnerships, innovative strategies and continuous effort toward progress of the community.
For over two decades, BQE has established a successful business in the heart of the thriving city and community. In the last five years, our company has moved into a bigger office location and has grown the number of employees by over 80%. A third of our workforce are Torrance residents and many live in the surrounding South Bay area. We actively participate in community activities as well as contribute to the welfare of the environment. The company is also committed to building a strong relationship with the city’s renowned school, El Camino College, by providing scholarships, internships and job opportunities to its students.
As Shafat Qazi, CEO and Founder of BQE Software, accepted the prestigious award, he spoke about how he has traveled to many cities around the world but nothing compares to the hometown of Torrance. “This is the best city in the world!” he proclaimed. You can see the video of his acceptance speech here. Also, see the slideshow below for pictures of the award and certificates.
About BQE Software: BQE Software is a world leader in time billing, accounting, and project management software for professional services firms. Its products, including BillQuick®, ArchiOffice® and EngineerOffice®, simplify the way information is entered and utilized by firms. With over 400,000 users worldwide, BQE is the trusted solution for attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, IT consultants and business consultants. The company is headquartered in Torrance, California, with offices in Australia and Europe.