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."
Taxes and tax laws are often overwhelming. That's where the professionals at Tax Genius come in. They assist both individuals and businesses in financial areas, helping them with tax preparation, resolutions for IRS problems, and bookkeeping. They also help their clients gain technological proficiency, offering e-filing that reduces the wait time for tax refunds down to 10?14 days, which corresponds to the gestational period of a nest egg.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I am not a celebrity but a real everyday person who has gone through life's transitions. I am a overcomer and practice what I teach. People relate to me and reach out for my support.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My love for life and finding happiness after tragedy's inspired me to help others experience a live of happiness without the pain and struggle. I believe with support and resources people can achieve whatever they want.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing others discover their purpose and succeeding. I love pushing people to their limits and working outside of the box. I love seeing people remove weights and barriers, obstacles from their lives to experience freedom.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Thank you, I didn't know that, I appreciate all you've done for me, I like talking to someone who knows what I am going through.
Markisha Beckford studies the human body the way an engineer might study a particularly complex machine, so it makes sense that she works at a place called The Fitness Workshop. Having trained with top fitness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Beckford is fully equipped to help clients adopt healthier dietary and exercise routines. Her holistic approach to health examines how these two areas—nutrition and fitness—are connected, and how an improvement to one might benefit the other. When she's not leading classes in spinning and Pilates, Beckford offers nutritional advice and posts healthy recipes on her website.
Jonathan R. Wachtel looks at life from all angles. He studies science, philosophy, religion, and various personality-type systems to further his expertise, and he draws on this knowledge during inspirational life-guidance sessions. Working in-person or remotely, Jonathan helps others steer their lives. He helps people deepen their understandings of themselves, other people, and what it takes to succeed in work, family, and romance.
At Preferred Dental Spa, tooth whisperers apply a specialty Zoom! gel onto chompers, which then bathe in focused, intense light in three 15-minute cycles. The 45-minute service causes minimal discomfort, if any, and brightens teeth up to eight shades more efficiently than holding a flashlight between teeth. Zoom! reports that with careful upkeep, results can last for years.