Local Teenager Starts Healthcare Supplies Business

Grace and Brandon Duck, founders of PPE Mart // courtesy Brandon Duck
Grace and Brandon Duck, founders of PPE Mart // courtesy Brandon Duck

From their home in Wylie, Texas, sixteen-year-old Grace Duck and her father, Brandon Duck, are running their own small healthcare supply business called PPE Mart. The idea came from Grace, a rising junior at Wylie East High School, as a way to offer resources to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as sanitizing supplies have often been hard to come by.

Since the beginning of May, the business has been selling hand sanitizer, sanitizer dispensers, multi-surface cleaners, hand soap, laundry sanitizer, non-contact thermometers and more. Free delivery is offered within a 10-mile radius of Wylie, and delivery beyond that is available by special request online.

“Grace wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so the medical industry is something she is motivated to learn about. She also watched me start a company when we lived in Wisconsin,” Brandon shared. “It has been fun to watch Grace learn, grow and get excited when we have success.”

Brandon and Grace sorting supplies // courtesy Brandon Duck
Brandon and Grace sorting supplies // courtesy Brandon Duck

Brandon received a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Wyoming-Madison. With his business savvy paired with Grace’s entrepreneurial spirit, the PPE Mart has experienced great success so far.

The PPE Mart pricing is a bit higher than you will find at local chain stores. This is simply because their costs are higher being a small business rather than a behemoth like Walmart. Those extra couple of dollars you’re paying are going toward supporting a small business in your community, and the Ducks guarantee you’ll get high quality healthcare supplies.

“We obtain most of our products from Medline, one of the largest medical supply companies in the country. Grace’s uncle works there,” said Brandon.

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