Three-Wheeled Taxi Transports You Through Queen City

Service-disabled veteran; co-owner use SBA resources as playbook for start-up

BUFFALO, NY – Summer, architecture, dining, concerts, lake views. Imagine a ride on a mechanized three-wheeled taxi….what could be better?

Queen City Tuk Tuk, with its name, this Buffalo business seeks to introduce a new way to see the city.

Tuk Tuk co-owners; Joseph Dietzel and Joshua Bornheft decided to take a retreat; a sort of support trip after Joseph was hit by a rode-side bomb while serving in the United States Marine Corps. The two traveled to Thailand. After a stint of three plus months, the two discovered that in Thailand, a Tuk Tuk is a main way of travel, transporting you to the city’s many exotic and thrilling delights.

“We traveled on the Tuk Tuk and found it to be exhilarating, a wild experience,” Joshua Bornhoeft said. “We felt it would be a perfect fit in Buffalo.”

The owners coupled in their cash and sought assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“We heard many great things about SBA and found the assistance and resources we received as a playbook for our new start-up,” said Joseph Dietzel. “We met with SCORE mentors who provided us with business plan assistance and also visited SBA’s website and utilized the many on-line tools. The business plan tool was great, it provided us with a step-by-step guide to help get us started.”

Tuk Tuk co-owners furthered their outreach and attended SBA’s Small Business Resources for Veterans seminar. Veterans interested in learning about starting or growing a business were given the opportunity to learn about SBA’s veteran programs and services and discover the many resources available through the SBA, Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College, SCORE Buffalo Niagara and VA WNY Health Care.

You can’t miss seeing the Queen City Tuk Tuk all decorated in Buffalo’s famous Zubaz stripes; who could miss the red, white and blue?. Just take a ride and you’ll find pleasant, intimate seating arrangements for six and heated seats. You ask…what does a ride like this cost? Cost is $5.00 per person for delivery service and they also have custom 1 to 4 hour tours from $79 to $199 for up to six people.

Queen City Tuk Tuk offers tours throughout the city. Out-of-town guests, birthday parties, and brewery tours just to name a few. You will see the Tuk Tuk just about anywhere, most recently in Ellicottville, NY.

“We are sharing an experience, a unique way to see our great “Queen” city,” says Joseph.

Launched in 2017, this team plans to expand their green, economically sound electric Tuk Tuk business with additional help from the SBA. “Being a service-disabled veteran, beginning a small business was a transition to civilian life, said Joseph. “SBA supports veteran entrepreneurship and we plan to use as many programs and services as we can to boost our start-up.”

The SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners. For more information, please contact your local SBA Buffalo district office at (716) 551-4301 or visit us online at sba.gov/ny/buffalo.

Company Name: 
Queen City Tuk Tuk
Location: 
BUFFALO, NY