During Sanders Foster’s time as a dialysis social worker on the coast, he noticed a lack of transportation for many of his dialysis patients. He discussed the need for transportation with his wife, who is an RN, and they both agreed there was a lack of reliable transport for patients to get to and from appointments. Sanders knew he wanted to start his own non-emergency transportation company, but after talking to several banks about his business and a possible loan, he felt discouraged until he heard about Renaissance from one of his fraternity brothers.
After filling out an application on our website, he began meeting with his commercial lender, Brandon Paige. “Brandon helped me find ways to make my business better and actually listened to my ideas and gave me suggestions. I felt like he cared about me and my vision throughout the whole process,” said Sanders. Since working with Renaissance to secure a loan, Sanders has created contracts with the VA Medical Center and insurance provider Humana to provide rides for patients covered under Humana insurance. He hopes to continue expanding his services by partnering with local hospitals and other insurance providers such as Medicaid.
Currently, Sanders only has one wheelchair-accessible van and one driver, but he plans to expand in 2023. “One of our biggest goals for 2023 is to be more visible to potential clients, hospitals, and more. We plan to market ourselves as much as we can and show people that we provide compassionate and individualized care,” said Sanders. You can follow Sanders and Circle Wood Transport on Facebook at @Circlewood Transport LLC.