BBB Seeking Integrity Award Nominations

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is calling for nominations for its twelfth annual Integrity Awards. The BBB Integrity Award recognizes companies who display outstanding ethics in dealings with their customers, employees, vendors and the communities in which they do business. All for-profit businesses of any size, owned or operated in Minnesota or North Dakota, are eligible. Nominees must be in good standing with the BBB; however membership is not a requirement to compete for the award. The nomination deadline is May 2, 2011.

Anyone can nominate a company by visiting www.thefirstbbb.org or by mail. Nominations should include the company name, contact name, address, phone number, and e-mail along with the nominator’s name and phone number, and be mailed to: BBB, Attn: Mackenzie Kelley, 2706 Gannon Rd., St. Paul, MN 55116. Information can also be faxed to 651-699-7665.

“The Integrity Awards offer everyone in our region an opportunity to recognize their favorite businesses to deal with,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “They also serve as a wonderful reminder of just how many ethical companies there are in our marketplace.”

Entrants are judged on four areas of their business: management practices; customer/vendor relations; marketing/sales practices; and reputation within their industry/community.

Once nominated, the company will receive an official entry form from the BBB. An independent panel of judges will decide the award finalists and recipients. Winners will be announced live at the BBB’s 2011 Integrity Awards in October. Winners will also be recognized in Integrity Awards publicity and will be eligible to compete for the National BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.