Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year Nomination Example

Name of Nominated Business:
Spawn Ideas, Inc.

Name of Nominated Business Owner:
Employee Owned

Business Address:
808 E Street, Suite 100

Business City:

Business State:

Business Zipcode:

Business Phone:
(907) 123-4567

Number of Employees:

Year Established:

Submitter's Name:
Jay Blury

Submitter's Phone:
(907) 123-4567

Submitter's Email:

Community Involvement:
None provided

Describe this business' internal and external reputation. What do they do to deserve this reputation?
Spawn Ideas is known for its excellent “work hard, play hard” culture that includes teamwork, fun, family friendliness (babies come to the office until they crawl), and excellent benefits that I am aware of, including those related to wellness (free health club membership, paid run/walk/ski race fees, etc.). They even offer a shared set of ski passes to Alyeska Resort, have a bike available in the office for short trips around town, and pay for annual passes to Chugach State Park. Spawn has earned its reputation through a culture of excellence, pervasive both internally and externally as I have witnessed. I believe this excellence stems from careful talent recruiting and nurturing, a culture of high expectations, accountability, responsiveness, curiosity, mentoring and continuous learning. The Agency’s clients represent dominant players in major industries, not just in Anchorage, but Alaska and nationally, including my company, publicly traded Northrim Bank among others such as The Alaska Club, University of Alaska, GCI (another publicly traded company headquartered in Alaska), Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, BP, Midas, and McDonalds. Here are client quotes from a recent survey which were recently shared with me: “Spawn is a very responsive agency with a consistently professional staff. They have excellent creative ideas, and are receptive to client input. I always know we will get a quality product.” - Julie Hasquet (BP Alaska) “Awesome. Inspiring. Engaged. Fun to work with.” - Tim McDiffett (UAA Athletics) “Creative, fun, responsive, invested, interested, genuine, thorough.” - Katie Peznecker (Alyeska Pipeline Service Company) Spawn Ideas has been named one of Outside Magazines "100 Best Places to Work in America" two years in a row and was named "Top Shop" in Alaska by AdWeek magazine last year.

How does this business demonstrate leadership:
None provided

List and describe any other deciding factors about this nominee for the committee to consider:
Other Factors to Consider: Spawn sets and achieves internal goals each year. All employees serve on goals’ committees and their personal performance is tied to these company ambitions. One consistent example is to be the “agency to work for, and with”. With this as a guide, the agency offers employees a summer hours’ schedule and flex time at holidays, in addition to the earlier benefits mentioned. It surveys both its employees and clients annually to ensure expectations are being met, relationships are positive, and all departments are delivering exceptional consulting services and products. Spawn Ideas is employee owned, which is not only a positive benefit for its employee owners, but ensures a unique accountability to which other agencies strive. Transparency and decision-making are reflected in this broad ownership.

Endorsement Letters (Minimum of 2 required.):
1. Northrim Bank Letter
2. Covenant House Alaska Letter
3. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Letter