Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Spark Awards

by Alex Traxler April 08, 2016

Griffen Hollow Studio takes home inaugural BBB Spark Award

What an immense honor and privilege to be tasked with designing and fabricating the new Better Business Bureau's Spark Award for young entrepreneurs. - Alex Traxler Owner/Operator
The Spark Award: Crafted with eco-friendly practices. Walnut cut in Bucyrus, Ohio in 1967 with a "spark" inlay. The wood was electrified with over 10,000 volts to create the lichtenberg effect. We then lasered the logos and recipient's names. 

BBB Announces 2016 Spark Awards Recipients

April 6, 2016 – Columbus, OH – 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,
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

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

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 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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