Spark Growth

Connects the dots in collaboration for multi-organizational initiatives. Bringing simple rules to solve complex problems, we get things done quickly and effectively with a focus on community-authentic solutions and sustaining results.

Think Big

Keep it Simple

Make it Happen

If everything is important – where does the money go on projects?
In the new world that now seems to change every day, it goes to where the best ROI is found and where sustainability matters. Although planning is important, we focus on the doing – the implementation process, which goes right to the bottom line, directly affecting your project’s ROI.

  • Time Planning 80%
  • Time Meeting 60%
  • Time Doing 15%
  • More Time Planning and Meeting 90%
  • Satisfaction with Current Process 5%

Sound Familiar?

How many times have you seen significant time & money spent on “The Vision”, “The Mission”, “The Strategic Plan” – only to have that expensive work put on the shelf and never implemented? You tired of constant conflict and lots of talk with little to show in actual results? As a “getting it done” person working with multiple organizations, although some projects go well, many are frustrating as they get bogged – really bogged down in meeting after meeting with little. Do you ever feel like money is thrown at problems, but there are seldom measurable results and little in direct impact realized?

Want More Results?

As Chief Do’ers in developing and implementing large scale, cross-community projects, we operate from an objective viewpoint, without typical geographical or political constraints apply powerful tools to solve difficult problems, with a common-sense focus on getting things done. We measure success by community engagement and the potential for long term social capital rewards and economic impacts. In practical terms, we engage in projects that do the most good in the community.

Highly experienced as organizational development leaders and working within open networks – asking what could we do together, what should we do, and what will we do as a community. We are agile and collaborative, quickly leverage connections and have a focus on outcomes and sustaining results. And then driving those commitments to action through collaboration and sharing of assets within the community.

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Stan Schultes

Stan Schultes

Chief Implementer

Always an entrepreneur and professional technologist, Stan Schultes has led teams from the Fortune 200 to tech stewardship of a small startup. Most recently he has launched Spark Growth, a startup social enterprise, which focuses on bridging the gaps between business and technology communities and traditional Economic Development Organizations.

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Stan is passionate about community engagement, and a co-founder of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton and the Sarasota .NET Developers group. Stan is also on the Suncoast Technology Forum – Board of Directors and the Florida High Tech Corridor Core Council. Stan Schultes has a broad range of software and systems architecture experience and enjoy cutting-edge technology and software R&D. With a passion for teaching the complexities of technology in easy to understand language, he has mentored dozens of software engineers on the complexities of designing intelligent systems and sharing solutions with other entrepreneurs like himself. Stan has extensive experience working internationally, collaborating on systems development and transferring manufacturing systems technology to partners worldwide. In 30+ years of professional software architecture and development, he always pushed the limits of technology available at the time enabling my projects to be disruptive in their industries. Stan Schultes speaks and writes extensively about technology, is a book author, and a lifelong learner. He is a recognized expert in Microsoft platform technologies, having earned the Microsoft MVP award 12 years running. The sheer number of tools available today for entrepreneurs and the challenges and opportunities of virtual services and cloud elasticity make this one of the most exciting seasons of his life’s work.
Sara Hand

Sara Hand

Visionary Leader

Sara Hand is a visionary force and recognized leader regionally and across Florida in connecting and facilitating collaborative efforts with Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, community-based initiatives and traditional economic development organizations to cultivate innovation and creativity in business, technology, education and the arts. Sara is a founder of Spark Growth,

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an enterprise that initiates, develops and implements solutions to business development opportunities identified through this ambassador-like position with multiple organizations and initiatives. Sara is also a co-founder of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton, on the board of directors of the Suncoast Technology Forum, and past president of the Sarasota Chapter of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum. Sara’s background and experience across a variety of industries in the public and private sectors and dual leadership roles in many vibrant community initiatives uniquely position her to help entrepreneurs succeed and startups prosper. She has the ability to very quickly identify the unique value proposition a business, organization, or individual possesses – their ideal market, ways to optimize revenue models, how to refine their messaging to connect with prospects and how to broadcast that message creatively. Identified profit-opportunities are coupled with pragmatic planning and the systems and tools necessary to exploit those opportunities. For entrepreneurs and business owners at all stages of development this is information crucial to their success. Sara has a passion for working with people and businesses that embrace the process of change that is necessary for initiation and growth. She focuses on identifying organizational strengths and developing internal leadership skills. An accomplished public speaker, she has the ability to inspire her audience to believe in themselves, and to motivate them to action. Her strengths leveraging unique value propositions and her ability to create synergistic partnerships between the many incredible resources within her networking connections pool enable Sara to be a uniquely valuable visionary and team leader to her clients. With more than 45 business development clients over the last 5 years, Sara Hand has been the secret weapon for individuals and corporations who desire an experienced business-development strategist to identify new profit opportunities and practical courses of action. Sara is known as a person who consistently gets things done, and does them very well.