Spark Award Criteria & Eligibility


Criteria & Eligibility

The Spark Awards is open to for-profit organizations located within Central Ohio and the 21-county BBB service areas, found HERE. Firms need not be BBB accredited. At least one member of the leadership team of the organization are the age of thirty-five years or younger to apply. There is no limitation on company size.



A company is not eligible if any of the following conditions apply:

  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They are a government agency- Government contractors can confirm their eligibility by contacting their local BBB

Selection Process

Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges comprised of 

business and community leaders. Remember, since the judges do not know your organization, your videos and/or written submission (including examples, stories and documents) should provide a robust and accurate description of the organization’s culture.

Entry Submission

Bring your entrepreneurial organization to life and tell the story of how your business lives out character, culture and community through online written entries.  There is also a required video testimonial component, 3-minute (max.). This video should come from your team - rally them to take up the cause of how their organization's leader embodies Character, Culture and Community.  Video submission can be completed via DropBox | YouTube | Vimeo, at www.bbbsparkaward.com2018 Entry Deadline: April 6, 2018

If selected as a Spark Awards recipient, we will need full-access and rights to your video- to be used at the Startup Storytellers event as well as future BBB and Center for Character Ethics events; etc. By submitting this entry, you agree to these terms.

We fully understand that no leader, nor their company is perfect; each company is unique and has different experiences and policies. We encourage you to be creative and find examples of your leaders’/organization’s practices that best exemplify how character, community and/or culture is a part of the DNA of your organization.

The following procedures are compatible to an online submission process.

  • Upload any supporting documents (description of practices, example stories of practices, policies, leader communications, employee testimonials, etc.) in the “supporting" document sections
  • Include evidence of financial integrity such as a current credit report, bank reference, vendor reference, or a Dunn & Bradstreet report