Most teens are celebrating graduations or wrapping up another school year right now, but Woodbury teen Wesley Ross has bigger things on his mind.
According to Shoppe Black, when businesses all over were frantically searching for masks at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Ross’ budding company, NorthStar Dynamics, managed to track them down in a factory overseas.
The disposable three-ply masks are only a small venture for Ross’ company, but the niche lane he’s created for himself has made it possible to secure government contracts in the business world.
“I have always tried to do big things,” said Ross. “I was not meant to be an everyday high-schooler.”
Now he spends his time bidding on contracts most big businesses ignore by scouting the internet for small contracts for things the government needs. Upon doing so, he then finds a manufacturer to make it, a trucking company to deliver it and a buyer to accept it, Shoppe Black reports.
Despite the contracts being small, Ross discovered there are quite a few of them — enough to even produce $10,000 in sales last month.
NorthStar Dynamics isn’t Ross’ only business venture. He founded his initial business, SpeedLabs — a line of car accessories and electronics — when he was just 15-years-old to raise enough money for a car club.
“I made $5,500 in one summer,” he said.
It wasn’t until he saw the 2016 movie “War Dogs,” a fictional account of a true story, that he started taking his businesses seriously.
“I saw Jonah Hill in that movie, and I said, ‘I do not need to sell electronics.’ It was mind-blowing for me,” Ross said.
Last summer, with no startup up capital or real business experience, Ross founded NorthStar Dynamics and certified it as a small and minority-owned business, Shoppe Black reports.
Ross’ persistence when it comes to contracts led him to secure a cache deal from China for the coronavirus masks purchase.
“My goal with the masks was to get them to the public as fast as possible,” he said. According to Shoppe Black, Ross donated 250 masks for every 1,000 masks he sold and gave 25 percent of his revenue to coronavirus relief.
Since the success of his masks deal, Ross has also branched out to supply businesses.
His company’s website now has 285 products, but according to him “he can get anything a business needs.”
“I want to be a one-stop shop for businesses,” he said.
Ross’ humble bedroom office is the headquarters for his small business, but he’s still managed to make some big moves.
“I am a creative teenager,” he said. “I don’t see any other high schoolers doing this.”
For more information on Ross’ business, visit https://nsdusa.us/.