BBB Announces 2016 Spark Awards Recipients

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The Spark Awards, in its inaugural year, recognizes millennial entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate a high level of character, generate a culture that is authentic about its mission, and connect with community.

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“We are delighted to play a role in highlighting these inspiring entrepreneurs that are working to make our community great with their commitment to character, culture and community.”

Better Business Bureau (BBB) and BBB’s Center for Character Ethics, in partnership with CivicHacks, honored three organizations with the inaugural Spark Award at the Startup Storytellers event on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

The recipient companies were selected by an independent panel after reviewing their entries based on the entry criteria and in coordination with the Torch Awards for Ethics TRUST! Principles. The recipients of the 2016 Spark Awards are: A & R Creative, Compton Construction, and Griffen Hollow Studio. The recipients were recognized during the Startup Storytellers event at the Columbus Museum of Art.

The Spark Awards is a new component of BBB’s Center for Character Ethics Torch Awards for Ethics program. The award recognizes millennial entrepreneurial organizations whose leaders demonstrate a high level of character, generating a culture that is authentic about its mission, and connects with community.

“We are delighted to play a role in highlighting these inspiring entrepreneurs that are working to make our community great with their commitment to character, culture and community. Partnering with CivicHacks on the Spark Awards is an important collaboration within the entrepreneurial community,” said Kip Morse, President & CEO of BBB serving Central Ohio.

“These young entrepreneurs demonstrate excellence every single day by thinking about the role they play at the top of their ever-growing organization, and how their actions affect the greater mission. If there was ever any doubt that millennial entrepreneurs are making a significant impact in the community, the winners of the Spark Awards have put that notion to rest," continues David All, Founder of CivicHacks.

For more information on the Spark Awards and the 2016 recipients, please visit http://www.bbbsparkaward.com.

About BBB
Since 1912, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB serving Central Ohio was founded in 1921, and serving 21 counties in Ohio, is one of 113 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About BBB Center for Character Ethics
BBB’s Center for Character Ethics is a business-supported, free-enterprise
advancing non-profit organization focused on serving business managers & classroom educators with leadership character and organizational ethics strengthening resources. Our mission is to provide character ethics assessment, training and recognition to for-profit and non-profit leaders and to provide k-16 educator-focused character strengthening programs. As a result, we intend to help both producers and consumers flourish in central Ohio.

About CivicHacks
Inspired by a love of public service, CivicHacks was created as a for-profit, for-purpose business, a demonstration of compassionate capitalism. We know that more social entrepreneurs and businesses want to join this movement, and we intend to help them do that. Along with bringing people together through memorable experiences and good intentions, CivicHacks started working to help its partners solve their most pressing communication challenges.

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