A self-made man and prolific entrepreneur, Marc Sparks is an inspiration to people who feel that with a high school education and no money, owning their own business is only a dream. Currently, Sparks is also a venture capitalist with his own firm, Timber Creek Capital. At his private equity firm, Sparks hosts startups, providing them an incubation period with mentoring and access to resources. Sparks venture capital firm is unique, “Through my years of experiences I understand challenges and devastating circumstances entrepreneurship can bring. My passion is to help entrepreneurs build their dream.” he explains.
Over the years, Sparks has established numerous businesses, including a real estate firm, a prepaid wireless provider, a healthcare management company and a media marketing company.
Sparks published his entrepreneurial blueprint, They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success in 2014. After starting more than 60 businesses, Sparks is the ideal person to motivate budding entrepreneurs who will learn from his successes and his failures. Sparks’ book receives excellent reviews from individuals who say that he has superior insights and offers tactics that business owners can implement immediately.
Sparks, along with Lynne Sipiora, developed the Spark Tank, which offers $5,000 grants to social service entrepreneurs who are part of a 501c3 organization. Applicants apply online, then the finalists appear before the Spark Tank panel to explain how their idea benefits society.
Also a philanthropist, Sparks is heavily involved in several causes, including Habitat for Humanity and The Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter that provides 200 meals a day. Sparks also supports the The North Texas Gateway Apartments, a program that provides discounted apartments to individuals coming from the shelter, so they can get back on their feet. Through Sparky’s Kids, Sparks donates new Dell computers to less fortunate children.
Spark’s varied interests and his boundless energy ensure that Timber Creek Capital will not be his final venture.