Entrepreneurship Week

Entrepreneurship Week 2018-03-26T16:22:01+00:00
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Jackson Girdner and Shania Mixon represent Alpha Kappa Psi
Jason Chase is presented with Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Annette Weeks and President Dr. Vartabedian
Bob Wollenman is presented with Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Annette Weeks and President Dr. Vartabedian
American Family presents a $5000 scholarship check to Bryar Moppin
Director of Entrepreneurship Annette weeks presents to a group
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Assistant Professor Hillary Mellema, Ph.D. presents to a group
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Group watching presentation from NPG CEO David Bradley over lunch
News Press Group CEO David Bradley

Entrepreneurship Week 2018 was a huge success! The Center for Entrepreneurship awarded the second annual Emerging Entrepreneur Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Capstone Luncheon with Wayne Chatham.

The Emerging Entrepreneur is the highest award given to an entrepreneur who has been in business for five years or less. The 2018 Emerging Entrepreneur is Scott Bratton, owner of Advanced Fabworks, LLC. Scott opened his welding and fabrication company in 2013, working as a welder in Afghanistan for two years prior to save enough money to start the business. In 2015, he moved to a larger facility in Elwood, Kansas and hired four employees. Less than three years later, he plans to further expand this year and employ 11. Scott has worked diligently to meet the challenges of a growing company in order to continue his success. He participates in both the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce, and Cup of Joe.

Scott Up Close

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the highest award given to an entrepreneur who has been in business for five years or more. The 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year is Scott Gann. Scott opened Scott Gann Construction in 1986 and later brought out Gann Backhoe Service, which was founded by his parents. He later founded SDG Developments along with his wife, Debby. Although Scott’s many companies started out with a focus on building custom homes and onsite sewage disposal design and installation, the vision for the businesses has grown to include home remodeling, light commercial building, cabinet design, management of 45 rental units, subdivision development, large-and small—–scale excavation, as well as building site preparation and infrastructure installation. Scott also manages both his parents’ and his wife’s family farms. Scott 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 in St. Joseph.

Award Nominations

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

This is for those entrepreneurs that have been in business five years or less. This is to highlight those entrepreneurs that are showing innovation and has the potential for impact on our community.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Do you know of a successful entrepreneur? One that you admire and hold in esteem? Have they shown experience in starting, growing, and/or expanding a successful business? Have they been in business for five years or more? Do they give back to the community? If so, we would love for you to nominate them for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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