“‘My name is Lauren Dye, I’m the co-founder of GEST Carts. Ultimately GEST Carts is short distance transportation, but really at its core it’s an advertising and marketing company. So we have great sponsors and advertisers that work with us to make this a free ride and a free experience for our consumers.’ 

‘We actually were on a Bachelor party and I saw this in another city. Once we saw this operation, we thought we should do this here in Cincinnati, and I called my wife and she said see what we can do.’  

‘I think just taking the risk and just taking that leap of faith is always one of the hardest things about starting a business.  There’s never a dull moment, it’s always changing, it’s always evolving, it’s exciting, there’s a lot of challenges and a lot of things that we have to solve as business owners, but I think that it keeps us motivated.’ 

‘Having the right support system is what’s going to make or break a company (in my opinion). Fifth Third Bank handles all of our banking needs from credit card processing, to our payroll.  My business banker makes my life so much easier; he has been an amazing asset to us.’ 

‘I was actually introduced to Patrick probably back in February of 2019.  At the time they only had a couple carts and we’re really looking to grow their business. I was able to sit down really kind of understand their vision for the business and where they were looking to take the business from a growth perspective.  Working with Patrick, our SBA team was able to secure a line of credit to support their working capital growth to acquire more cards to hire more employees and to really be a financial partner within their business.’ 

‘Fifth Third has helped us grow in a variety of ways.  First and foremost, just being a consistent and solid business partner. They support us in anything that we need, they’ve been incredible to work with, it’s been a great experience. One piece of advice I can give is: you have to believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself then there’s no point in doing it.  Don’t be scared, you’re going to run into issues, you’re going to fail, but you have to pick yourself back up.’”