For a lot of business people, finding the time to be successful in business can be a full-time pursuit. It isn’t always written in stone that just because you are working long hours trying to fulfill your dream that you will actually get there.
So it is refreshing to see that some entrepreneurs like Mark Sparks have not only crossed the goal line with several of their businesses, they have turned community service into a social science by creating incentive for social service workers to get out and try and receive funding for the ideas that they want to see enacted.
A base in making social services work
Mark Sparks has a history of working within the community to promote change. While he was growing his businesses several years ago, he decided to spend time with his family refurbishing and upgrading a community center that provides shelter and relief for those that do not have what they need economically.
The net result was a type of business that was dedicated solely to the community- one that has created a lot of positive change.
Spark Tank Begins
From that experience, taking a community center that needed guidance and turning it into a showpiece that is optimized to serve more people than ever, Mark Sparks decided to put together a competition for funding among social service people. Known as Spark Tank, the idea was straight-forward: every social service person that worked for a charity or non-profit that wanted funding could submit an application that detailed what they wanted and why.
They would compete with each other in front of a panel of judges for funding money that would be disbursed to the winners. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9661324.Marc_Sparks and https://angel.co/marcsparks3
The first round of the competition has already been completed, several non-profits entered and the competition was strong for the initial $5000 check.
A winner emerges
The first round winner ended up being a non-profit that focuses on helping take care of the dogs of people that are alcoholics or addicted to drugs. Too often, when someone is going through a disease or addiction, the pets that are there for companionship suffer and are not taken care of at all.
By taking care of the animals until the person has completed rehabilitation, the animals are able to continue with their lives without being subjected to cruel treatment. Read more: Marc Sparks – Dallas, Texas, United States, Timber Creek Capital
The other two finalists in the first round also focused on helping homeless or addicted people.
As the first round of Spark Tank was a success, the team has committed to two more rounds this year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The hope is that they will continue to energize people working in social services to innovate in their own agencies. With continued success, the concept may even become regional in nature.