The owner of a St. Albans brewing company received big accolades Tuesday.
Steve Gagner of 14th Star Brewing Company was named Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Gagner was recognized for growing his employee base, financial success, expansion and community involvement.
The original business plan for 14th Star was drafted on the back of a notebook while Gagner was serving in Afghanistan. He is a major in the Army, and a two-time Bronze Star recipient.
Gagner and a fellow soldier, Matt Kehaya, opened the brewery in 2012. Its name comes from Vermont being the 14th state.
Gagner will be presented with his award in June.
The individual winners from each state will go to Washington, D.C. in May to see who will be named 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year.