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Passport Express Services Inc. offers an automated way for travelers to obtain or renew passports in as little as 24 hours

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This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Four years ago, Eric Bulock intended to go to a business conference in and needed a in a hurry. After frantic efforts to get one, Bulock's boss canceled the trip. "I was bummed I didn't go to Europe," recalls Bulock, now 34, "but I looked at the positive side. The process was so difficult, I thought there might be a there."

Bulock was convinced he could use the Web to help travelers, although the was still in its formative stages in 1996. Investing less than $1,000, he launched Passport Express Services Inc. in Providence, , aka PassportExpress.com, an automated way for travelers to obtain or renew passports in as little as 24 hours-a far cry from the usual six to eight weeks.

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