This year’s winners of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics were named at a ceremony held today at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recognize worthy companies that display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings.
The 2014 BBB Torch Award winners are:
- Category I (1-10 employees):
JD Haas and Associates PLLC, Bloomington, MN
- Category II (11-50 employees):
ICC Restoration and Cleaning Services, Woodbury, MN
- Category III (51+ employees):
KleinBank, Chaska, MN
“This is always an inspiring event,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “It serves to remind us how fortunate we are to be a part of a marketplace that is so vibrant, robust and anchored firmly on a solid bedrock of ethics.”
More than 250 business owners and community leaders attended today’s ceremony. Television and radio host Lee Valsvik once again served as emcee at the event, and Tony Heredia, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, within Community Relations at Target, was the keynote speaker.
“For the 15th year, the Torch Awards for Ethics have been presented to businesses in our community that demonstrate the highest standards of conducting business,” said David Aafedt, Chairman of the Board for BBB and shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine. “We hope these admirable organizations serve as a beacon of leadership to help foster the continued growth of ethical practices throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.”
BBB also presented three area students with Student of Integrity Scholarships. These awards are presented to Minnesota and North Dakota high school seniors who demonstrate through essay their understanding of the importance of ethics. This year’s scholarship winners are:
- Margaret Maurer, Forest Lake, MN – $2,500
- Matthew Lagus, Stillwater, MN – $2,500
- Samantha Goerger, Wyndmere, ND – $1,000
BBB presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations. The Torch Awards are open to all for-profit businesses located within the Minnesota and North Dakota region. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to the BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners.
Sponsors for the event are: CHS, Inc., Clear Channel Outdoor, Clear Channel Radio (Cities 97, KDWB, KFAN, News Talk 1130, K102, KOOL 108); Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; NFP/Financial Concepts, Inc; Master Communications Group; and Rippe Print
Scholarship sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, Northland Group and Valley Pools and Spas
The mission of Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact BBB at bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.