You have Uber, you have taxis, you have buses. But now there's another way to get where you're going out in 21 country.
Shandreka: I wanted to target a different niche that no one was really thinking about.
It's another morning Fort Wayne's Indiana Family Transit, LLC. Driver Pete Nikolaenka is transporting a van full of young people to their daily jobs. Shandreka Gray is founder and CEO of Indiana Family Transit whose name tells you who the service is aimed at. Gray is a foster mother and the challenge of getting her kids to school each day gave her the idea. For a monthly fee IFT will transport customers to and from wherever they wish on a regular daily or weekly schedule.
“You have to get on schedule,” says Gray, “you can't just call like taxi or Uber and say 'Hey I need you to pick me up now' because we're not a taxi or Uber.”
Shandreka Gray is a genuine entrepreneur. She's owned a clothing store, a shoe boutique, founded a mentoring program for young people. But Indiana Family Transit is her biggest success getting rave reviews from her customers.
“Most of the time people's reactions are 'Oh my gosh I didn't know there was something like this!' says Gray. “Your next pickup is gonna be at Walmart South.”
Gray launched the service one year ago and has seen a profit ever since. Business is so good she's talking about expanding.
“Multiple vans for multiple reasons assisting a variety of people from all different walks of life.,” she says. “That's what I'd like to see.”
Given her newest success and those of her past, expect to see more of these around town in the not too distant future. Eric Olson reporting for Your Story Made Here.