Rajendra Hariprashad is the owner of Ena’s Driving School based in New York City. The company offers courses and driving lessons to help customers learn to drive and earn their license to drive a car, truck, motorcycle, bus or tractor-trailer. The business started as a very small family operation and has grown steadily to now employ 25 people.

The Start

How did you get started with your business?
I was in the Marines. Everything where I was stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was far away. I knew a couple of Marines who didn’t have their license. I had a car and a license. I said, “I don’t want to drive you all over the place, and I can’t have fun!” So, I taught them to drive just so they could be designated drivers and help out. I thought that was fun.

When I came out of the Marines, I saw driving schools around the area. I saw old cars and older guys teaching. It just clicked. I said, “Why don’t I start a driving school and do the same thing?” That’s where it started.