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Hidden Gems: Meet Maurice Franklin of Smiling Faces VIP Car Service

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maurice Franklin. 

Hi Maurice, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story starts from childhood. My father is an entrepreneur and watching him go to work for himself every day was what I wanted. He was his own boss and was able to move how he wanted to. This inspired not only myself but my brother as he is an entrepreneur too. When it comes to driving, my love started when I was a teen. I enjoyed driving my friends around and I was able to get everyone home safely. Growing up in Romulus, the Metro Detroit Airport is in my city. I wondered how celebrities and different music artists got to concerts and to their spot while visiting. That sparked my dream of owning my own transportation company. I wanted to be the one who drove the stars around. I also grew up with a lot of aunts, my mother, and sister. I always wanted to make sure the women in my life were safe and taken care of. Our service gives those, like me, a worry-free service. Someone can call and they are directly connected to their driver. We always have the option to have a meet and greet before service so that everyone involved feels comfortable. As I was getting older and involved with different events around the city, I found myself driving clients around. This put the pressure on to start Smiling Faces as I didn’t have my service yet. In 2020 one of my Business partners and I took a one-way flight to Florida. I had been looking for a while at different Chrysler 300s and narrowed it to a few in the Orlando area. After getting to Florida and test driving a them, we bought one. We drove it back to Michigan and on December 31, 2020, Smiling Faces VIP car service became a reality. My dreams came true and each day I wake to continue on my journey. Remember “Smile, it looks good on U”! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. I feel there are always obstacles in whatever you try to do. The key to dreams and to goals are to know how to hurdle the obstacles and weave through the challenges. Every day I wake and face “struggles”, but those don’t define me and I don’t let them define my brand/company. Life is the obstacle, and the key is to just keep going. That’s how I live my life and operate my business. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Smiling Faces VIP Car Service?
Smiling Faces sprouted from a dream of a young African American man. Being an entrepreneur is what I saw daily as my father owns his own business. From experiences not only from him but from my upbringing, I realized that everything in life is based around being a good human. Smiling Faces specializes in our customer service. We strive to set the bar so high that others can’t compete with us. Building relationships with our clients and those in the community is what sets us apart from other transportation businesses. Each year we grow our community give back and that is what we are most proud about. From anti-bullying events (Be UNEEK Not a Bully), to feeding local teacher and giving book bags filled with school supplies to students at in district elementary schools. Smiling Faces VIP Car Service is NOT just a transportation business. We treat those who have a drop-off 5 miles away the same as those whose drop-off is 500 miles away. Our pride and commitment to our community is what we want your readers to take from this article. We are proud to give back and encourage all business to do the same. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
All my success first goes to GOD. He was instilled in me from the moment I was born and I give him all the credit. When it comes to supporters, my family are my number one. My mother (Gloria), father (Phillip), big brother (Phillip Jr.), and sister (LaDonna). I am also a father to a wonderful daughter Kyra. My teammates, Robert Collins, Kirk McClung, and Lawrence Simmons (Low) come from over 15 years of brotherhood, business, advice, and teamwork. Through UNEEK Collection I have gained so much more than a “team”. UNEEK Collection is a company that was started to unify nationalities by encouraging education and knowledge through fashion, music, events, and more. My Business partners in Smiling Faces are Kyra Franklin, Yolanda Bursey, and Haley Shearer. These three ladies have closed the gab on my dream and helped make it a reality. From everyone’s support, dedication, and my personal growth, Smiling Faces VIP Car Service LLC was born. 

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Lawrence Simmons
AJ Jackson
James Jones
Ernest Sisson
Shawn Lee

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