SPARK Publications Honored as a 2018 Family Business Awards Finalist

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First-generation family business recognized for excellence and innovation

SPARK Publications, a Charlotte-based custom design firm, has been selected as a finalist in the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2018 Family Business Awards in recognition of the firm’s overall excellence, innovation, ethics, philanthropy, and contribution to the strength of the region. The firm specializes in custom design for magazines, catalogs, and books in print, digital, and interactive formats for national associations, trades, and entrepreneurs.

Fabi Preslar, founder and president of SPARK Publications, said, “The best aspect of running this business is the great creative work we get to do as a team of talented professionals for a wonderful community of clients. What makes it a blessing beyond any dream is to have these experiences alongside my family. This honor from the Charlotte Business Journal is the cherry on top.”

The firm’s story is a classic, small business tale of resilience. It began as a one-woman, home-based, lifestyle business twenty years ago, a degree of longevity less than 28 percent of small businesses achieve according to the US Census Bureau. Though it remains a wholly woman-owned business, it has grown into a brick-and-mortar firm that employs founder Fabi Preslar’s husband, Larry, and daughter, Sofi, as well as other custom-publishing experts collectively known as the SPARKlers.

It has weathered several recessions in its twenty years, each time tweaking its services and business model to respond to changing technologies, industries, and markets, and all while growing an award-winning, professionally trained editorial and design team. The caliber of creative excellence has also allowed the firm to attract and build a portfolio of national association, trade, university, and lifestyle clients.

All finalists in the 2018 Family Business Awards will be profiled in a special report in the Charlotte Business Journal’s April 20 issue and recognized at the awards dinner on May 3. Winners in each category—small company, mid-sized company, large company, and first-generation business—will be announced at the event. Visit to register for the event and view the other finalists.

SPARK Publications has won more than 150 design and industry awards. Some of the most recent accolades include Fabi Preslar being named the 2017 NAWBO Charlotte Woman Business Owner of the Year and the firm named the 2017 BMA Carolinas B2B Service Provider of the Year. Learn more about SPARK Publications at

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