Benchmarking for Excellence

Benchmarking for Excellence

A New Twist on our Spark Awards

The Valley Industrial Association created a brand-new Awards event that celebrated and recognized Excellence in our region in the Spring of 2017.  It was a big success. The speeches of acceptance revealed how important this was to our companies, and how proud they were of their accomplishments. But the application process was laborious and most of our companies only applied for one category. The take-aways were missing something important – clear steps on how companies could make improvements.  

Through discussions with our Board, and some great Partners - a new Benchmarking format was chosen for the application.  It was not a quick or easy path.  Members of our Executive Board helped us hone the categories and the direction of the “New & Improved” Spark Awards Benchmarking for Excellence program.

Here's a glimpse into the process we went through: 

Step One: Refined Categories, Developed the Benchmarking Best Practice Questions. 

Step Two: Had Questions reviewed by VIA Centers of Excellence & then reviewed by IMEC 

Step Three: Launched Application- November 2018 with a deadline of December 15, 2018. 

Step Four: Top Three Finalists will be identified and interviewed and winners announced at the Spark Awards on 3/13/19