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Although Rajendra Hariprashad was in the Marines, his most trusted weapon—the one that launched him into private enterprise as a business owner—was not a rifle, but a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. During his four years of service, he taught students behind the wheel of his own compact sports car. When he was discharged and went back to New York, he shelved law-enforcement career ambitions and opened Ena's Driving School.

Today, the school teaches road safety to new and seasoned drivers alike. Along with prelicensing and defensive-driving classes, instructors lead motorcycle, CDL truck, and CDL bus lessons. Rajendra's business savvy and entrepreneurial acumen have won him press in Forbes, Fox Business, USA Today, and other media outlets. He even partnered with truTV's Impractical Jokers to prank students who were behind the wheel for the first time. Afterward, several neighbors and new customers called to inquire about classes and how to fit a spring-rigged banana-cream pie into the glove compartment.

Rajendra's law-enforcement career continues to remain on hold. "I'm lucky," he says about his driving school and other business ventures. "This is fun. I want to be in the open road."

18917 Jamaica Ave
Hollis,
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Like any good party-planning operation, Blu Midnight Event Productions helps weddings and large events run smoothly by collaborating with vendors and ensuring things run on time. But unlike the others, Blu Midnight makes events even more special with free uplighting, pin-spot lighting, and centerpiece design, helping clients save hundreds of dollars. Its coordinators are always available for in-person or call-in consultations, and they take care of every detail in the planning process, including bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties for brides and grooms.

103 Jericho Turnpike
Floral Park,
NY
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