Sparks Proposals is a small but hard-working consulting business based in Knoxville near the mountains of East Tennessee. Kenneth W. Sparks (owner/operator) is a graduate of Carson-Newman University, with a degree in Communications. He has written and edited business proposals since 1989. Sparks specializes in finding the most suitable RFP for any size company or nonprofit organization, then helping develop a responsive proposal to win the project or program. He has done this for numerous companies, nonprofit agencies, and faith-based organizations. Sparks also has access to colleagues who can assist with proposal support.
Kenneth W. Sparks
While majoring in Communications, Ken's focus was Journalism and writing articles for the school newspaper. After graduation in 1987, he eventually became the Editor at a local business journal. In 1989, he started technical editing on proposals at the former IT Corporation, which was eventually acquired by Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure. After years of proposal work focused on environmental services (Site Assessments, Remedial Investigations, Feasibility Studies, Groundwater Remediation, Site Closures, etc.), he began writing and developing proposals focused more on construction design and build projects (starting at Stone & Webster Eng. in 1996).
In 1998, he began working on proposals as an independent consultant in the Atlanta area. In 2004, he began writing grant proposals to foundations in support of Habitat for Humanity. His work from 2004 to 2007 was primarily grant proposals for nonprofit housing agencies (Impact Group, NeighborWorks, etc.) before returning to technical proposals submitted by construction and engineering firms. He has helped write and develop hundreds of proposals and has submitted proposals to US Army Corps of Engineers, US Naval Facilities Engineering Command, US Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (now AFCEC), US Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ken is a Navy Veteran, a member at Providence Church, and has a married daughter, who gave him his first grandson. When he is not writing, Ken enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and volunteering to help faith-based organizations.