On Tuesday, April 21, Governor Jack Markell hosted business owners and lenders who had recently been announced as winners of United States Small Business of the Year Awards by the Small Business Administration. Garrett Grier, Managing Member of the Milford and Seaford’s Duck In Car Wash was among those honored. Mr. Grier will be presented the award at the Delaware Celebrate Success event scheduled for May 5, 2015 at DuPont Country Club.
“I have known Garrett since 2005 when he first started working on the plan for Milford Car Wash,” said Margo Reign, Business Loan Advisor at the Delaware Small Business Development Center. “At the time he was only 25, but he was one of the most intelligent, mature 25-year old men I have ever met. I worked with him on his projections and it was clear that he would be a very good businessman.” Ms. Reign said that when Mr. Grier saw an opportunity to open his second location in Seaford, she worked with him again to get the new car wash up and running.
Mr. Grier said that he was contacted by the Small Business Administration several months ago and asked to provide information for the award, such as financial data. He said that he provided what the organization wanted, but never dreamed he would actually receive the award.
“I guess it was because I am only 33 years old and am running two successful businesses,” Mr. Grier said, when asked why he thought he was nominated. “It was definitely a surprise to me when they let me know I had won.”
Mr. Grier said that he worked at a service car wash when he was attending Elon College in North Carolina, where he majored in business. He said that the owner of the company was a role model for him, teaching him a lot about the car wash business. After returning to Milford, he saw a need for a similar business in the town and began the process of starting one similar to the one where he worked in college. He and a partner, Derek Dickerson, opened the Milford location in October 2006. The expanded to Seaford took place in 2014.
Currently, the two car wash locations employee almost 60 people. Ms. Reign said that she nominated Mr. Grier not only because of his accomplishments at such a young age, but because of his commitment to giving back to the community.
“Garrett sits on City Council and he is very involved in Ducks Unlimited,” Ms. Reign said. “Not only that, but he supports many local charities in the area. It was an honor to nominate Garrett for this award as he definitely deserves it. Mr. Grier lives in Milford with his wife and daughter. He represents Ward 1 on Milford City Council and is the chairman of the Milford Economic Development Committee.