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Duri Othman grew up helping out around his parents' places of business. They always owned one, and even if he was just ringing up purchases at the cash register, he knew it was the world he wanted to be a part of.

Fast forward a few years and at 22 years old, Othman is following in his father's footsteps. Instead of breaking into the family business, however, he is the proud owner of Duri & Dalia Driving School at 65-37B Grand Avenue.

"I always wanted to open up a business, I just didn't know what business," said Othman. "I started talking to my father and my mother and they just put this idea into my head."

Othman's father owns a driving school in Bay Ridge, and since Othman had several years' experience working around that type of business, it seemed natural that his first business would be one he was familiar with.

Preparations took about six months, but the most complicated part was getting all the appropriate licensing and paperwork from the Department of Motor Vehicles, which took about three months.

Duri & Dalia Driving School is only one month old, but the reception has been quite good so far. Having lived in Maspeth all his life, Othman can count on a lot of familiar faces, but he's also made it a priority to maintain relationships with new customers. He already has one regular customer who comes all the way from Brooklyn.

"The customers are great. You've always got to treat the customer right. Got to satisfy their needs, no matter what," said Othman.

Othman was apprehensive about opening his driving school in an unstable economic climate. He saw the storefront for rent while driving past one day, and the prime location appealed to him so much that he decided it was worth taking a chance.

"Business is always a risk. Right now it's even harder, but I took the opportunity," he said.

On top of managing the driving school, Othman also works full-time at a construction job his Uncle Jerry and Aunt Dawn helped him land three years ago. He would like to stay in construction, which he loves, while continuing to grow his business.

The next step is to obtain motorcycle and truck licensing, then open several more driving schools if the prospect arises. Ultimately, he would like to diversify and try his hand at something totally different and more challenging, like a bar/lounge.

"It's like I got put on this earth to open a business," said Othman. "I'm just very thankful that I got to this point because I always wanted to do this"

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July 28, 2009
I know Duri for years,since he was a little kid. The facts in this article are false, He never worked in his father business. He rarely went to school, He does not know the meaning of respect. He drives like he owns the road, parks wherever he wants to including the wrong side of the street, on the sidewalk, etc. I can not beleive he owns a driving school! He is nothing but a punk kid that parties all the time.