When Qalab Kazmi came to the United States from Pakistan in 1985, he worked as a cabdriver to support his family and enjoyed the work.
Three years ago, he started his own car-service company, founding Five Star Luxury Cars Inc. in Parkville as the owner and sole driver.
The rapidly expanding company has moved to Towson and now has about 100 drivers operating in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
Last month, it launched a mobile app that allows its users to hail a car through their smartphones, much like those of Uber and Lyft.
Developing the app cost a good chunk of change, but Kazmi hopes his business model will prove successful: While he now has an app, his...