"The idea that values and business can combine to give us outstanding yearly results and a great work environment filled with wonderful people is almost too good to be true. I love the fact we have created a company that makes a positive difference in the world. And we are happy to share what we know with anyone."
Serving more than 5,000 independent bike dealers, QBP is widely regarded as the best wholesale distributor to the cycling industry. We believe that's because our focus on serving customers serves their own businesses so well. By staying focused, we fulfill our purpose of transforming the world through business. Can business really save the world? We think so—when it's done right. That's why we share profits with employees, and give back to the community, and lead the way as an environmentally progressive company.
It also doesn't hurt that we're in one of the most people and planet-friendly industries in the world—the bike business.
Established in 1981, QBP is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota
Bikes Make Life Better
We believe bicycles make people's lives better by improving their health, saving them money, and helping them do their part to create a more sustainable environment.
Bike Business Builds Communities and Economies
As a company, we harness the power of our business to spur economic development in communities large and small; promote social change that supports bike riding as a way of life; and ultimately improve the health and economic vitality of our nation.
Every Butt on a Bike
By getting every butt on a bike, we can create meaningful benefits for individuals, businesses, communities and nations that can truly change the world.
Businesses Building a Better World
Of course, we don't have a monopoly on doing business right. We partner with other like-minded companies that share our values and are committed to making a positive difference in their communities. We provide living proof that a business can be profitable while making the world a better place.
Weaving a Better Bike Basket—And Way of Life—in Ghana
At QBP we believe the power of business can make a positive difference in the world. So does Kate Herzog, a native of Ghana who runs House of Talents, a St. Paul-based business that imports hand-made baskets and other artisan-crafted products from her homeland. When Kate approached QBP with a proposal to create traditionally woven baskets for bicycles, President Steve Flagg eagerly accepted the small vendor's proposal.
"We saw this as more than an ordinary business opportunity," said Flagg. "It was a chance to align with a company that is making a genuine difference in the lives of people in communities throughout Ghana."
Intensely proud of their efforts, the weavers call their baskets Asungtaba, which means "helping each other succeed" in Frafra, the language of northeastern Ghana. The colorful, durable baskets were an instant hit with bike dealers and their customers. Product quickly sold out.
Demand for the baskets is so high that Kate hired more than 200 Ghanaian women, and plans to enlist more in the near future. In a nation plagued by poverty and unemployment, the new source of income has made a profound impact on hundreds of families.
"Our partnership with QBP has made a tremendous impact for our business and the community," said Herzog. "When I asked the community about the impact, the answer was "we have no words to describe how you have changed our lives."
House of Talents Website
Always innovating ways to create value for our community of dealers and vendors, QBP hosts two major industry events each year. By combining education, expo and meaningful experiences, we provide our partners the opportunity to learn, make personal connections, and expand their business potential.
Frostbike: Education & Expo
Sharpen business and technical skills and kickoff the coming sales season at our open house
SaddleDrive: Ride & Write
Ride our latest bikes and plan purchases for the next model year