The Center for Entrepreneurship honored two local businessmen during the third annual Entrepreneurship Week. Scott Gann was named Entrepreneur of the Year . Gann opened Scott Gann Construction in 1986 and later bought his parents’ business, Gann Backhoe Service. He went on to found SDG Developments with his wife, Debby. Gann also manages his parents’ and his wife’s family farms. He has participated in the Helzberg Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and Midland Empire Home Builders Association, and he supports several nonprofit organizations. Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Annette Weeks, said,”Scott Gann’s contribution to the region through community involvement, as well as economic impact set him ahead of the rest of the nominees. He was chosen by a panel of business community members.”
Scott Bratton was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, presented to an entrepreneur who has been in business five years or less. Bratton worked as a welder in Afghanistan for two years to save up the money to open his welding and fabrication company, Advanced Fabworks LLC, in 2013. By 2015, he moved to a larger facility in Elwood, Kansas, and hired four employees. He plans to further expand this year and employ 11. He is involved with the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce and Cup of Joe.