Money Watchers: JWU student launches Segway tours

Andrew Rogers is a young entrepreneur from Johnson and Wales University.

And this is the business he started while in college.

"We'll be giving tours of Providence on a Segway, the leader in green transportation," Andrew said.

A ribbon-cutting on Friday celebrated the birth of the business with help from the school's International Center for Entrepreneurship.

The director helped him.

"So Andrew walked in and said, 'Hey, Mr. Robitaille, I'm going to start a business.' I said, 'OK. What kind of business is it?'" John Robitaille said. "And he was the most determined young man with a lot of grit. So, I just lit up and said sit down and let's talk."

They went over a business plan, marketing, and the nuts and bolts to get started. Because Andrew's father has a similar business in another state, he had some help.

"Having already had the corporation in place, the insurance in place, the machines in place. The infrastructure was there, so it was really a turnkey operation for us," Andrew's father said.

And the city cooperated.

Tours take off from the skating center downtown, six days a week, with narrated tours of the city. Two tours are available right now from downto one of the East Side and the other of Federal Hill.

"There's nothing like this in Providence," Andrew said.