Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur, businessman, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Currently living in Dallas, Texas, Sparks controls Timber Creek Capital and several other companies. He has made his mark in real estate, business solutions, and telecommunications.
Some of the telecommunications company he has worked with include Cardinal Telecom, Blue Jay Wireless, and Splash Media. Sparks is currently working on the book ‘They Can’t Eat You’. It is designed to encourage people to start their own businesses by showing how he, a C student, was able to become a successful businessman.
But Marc Sparks is interested in doing much more than just starting business and making money. He is also a caring individual that gives generously of his time, talent, and resources and is involved with a number of philanthropic activities in and around the Dallas area.
Sparks supports Dallas area high school magnet programs through participation in the American Can! Academy. For almost two decades he has derived great pleasure in helping the homeless by his involvement with a local homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn. He has also helped to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
These days Marc Sparks is deeply involved in a new project. It is called Spark Tank and its goal is to help make the world a better place by empowering social entrepreneurs.
So far 14 non-profit organizations in Denton, Grayson, and Collin counties as well as the Dallas Metroplex have submitted applications for the Spark Tank Social Innovation Challenge. The winning organization is chosen based on the meaningful work it does in the community.
On April 27, three organizations were given an opportunity to make a presentation to the Spark Tank panel. They were the House of Eli, Dogs Matter, and Metro Relief. House of Eli provides transitional housing, job skills training, and educational support for 17-21 year old boys that were in foster care.
Dogs Matter offers the pets of alcoholics and addicts care services until their masters complete their therapy. Metro Relief operates a mobile soup kitchen for the homeless and connects them with the services they need to get back on their feet. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/ and http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132595
A great thing happened during the time the finalist waited together to see which organization would be declared the winner. The three organizations decided they would collaborate and share their resources. In the end, the panel declared Dogs Matter the winner and given them a $5,000 check. But all three organizations benefited from the experience.
The deadline for the next round of applications is July 15. To qualify the organization must have 501c3 status and have been involved in providing social services for the Greater Dallas area for two years. Nationals organizations are not eligible to participate.
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