Ben Girard, owner and founder of Brightview Home Inspections, LLC, never dreamed of being an entrepreneur. After serving in the Navy, he relocated from Iowa to St. Joseph, working for Carpenter’s Local #110 for 14 years. A diagnosis of spinal stenosis, plus the physical demands of the job, took its toll on Girard, who underwent three back surgeries before deciding he needed a different line of work.

After visiting with The Vocational Rehabilitation Center, he began to explore the idea of starting his own business, which lead him to the Center for Entrepreneurship. Because of his background in construction, Girard wanted to be in a field that matched this skill set without the physical demands. Through business coaching, Girard launched Brightview Home Inspections, LLC in March 2019.  The Center for Entrepreneurship was there to help him develop a plan.

Annette Weeks, director for the Center of Entrepreneurship, said “it was beneficial that Girard was so passionate and knowledgeable about the industry.” 

Brightview Home Inspections offers full-range professional property inspections in St. Joseph, Missouri and surrounding areas. They strive to provide the best customer service experience and to exceed customers’ expectations.

“My mission is to help people make an informed decision before making such an important investment.” said Girard.  

“Ben is great at going the extra mile for his clients. Good customer service is of key importance to any successful business,” said Weeks.

The Center for Entrepreneurship trains, mentors and supports business owners and entrepreneurs in the St. Joseph area and beyond.  To learn more or to schedule a confidential, one-on-one consultation, email Annette Weeks at or call the entrepreneurship office at 816-271-4283