Three businesses from Northern Colorado were honored as the inaugural class of BBB Spark Award for Entrepreneurship winners at the 2018 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics presented by First National Bank. The event, celebrating its 20th anniversary, was held April 19 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland and is a program of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming.The Spark Award for Entrepreneurship is open to businesses between six months and three years old. Businesses must be in good standing with BBB and the eight nominees were judged by an independent panel based on three criteria: Character: Leaders must be teachable and open to growing with ideas,Culture: Purposeful teams have clear visions while being honest and transparent with their members, and Community: Admirable entrepreneurial organizations show appreciation for their communities by enthusiastically giving back.Nominees submitted a written application as well as a short video outlining how their organization demonstrates the three principles.This year’s Spark Award winners are:All About Insurance, Loveland, COeverHuman, Fort Collins, COAmerican Electrical Innovations, Ltd, Wellington, CO“This new award program allows BBB to recognize those new businesses which have committed to building their company on a solid foundation of trust and ethics right from the beginning,” said BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming CEO Pam King. “We look forward to seeing all our Spark Award winners and nominees continue to grow and prosper in their businesses, maturing the ideas of Character, Culture, and Community into the six TRUST! Principles that will make them candidates for the BBB Torch Award for Ethics in the future.”Nominations for the 2019 BBB Spark Award for Entrepreneurship are now open. To learn more about the award or nominate an organization visit our Spark Awards page.