The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is proud to announce the 2011 finalists for the prestigious Better Business Bureau Integrity Awards. The 12th Annual Integrity Awards ceremony, presented by Best Buy, will take place Monday, October 24 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 6 – 9 p.m.

The BBB presents the Integrity Award each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations; toward their employees, vendors, customers, and within their community.  The Integrity Award is open to all for-profit businesses located within the Minnesota and North Dakota region. Each year, the BBB invites anyone to nominate a company they feel demonstrates exceptional ethics. Nominees are then 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. Companies compete in different categories based on number of employees.

The 2011 BBB Integrity Award finalists are:

  • Category I (1-10 employees):

Boy’s Electric, LLC, Eden Prairie, MN

Kamarron Design, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Mark O. Finney, DDS, New Brighton, MN

Seraphim Communications, Inc., Saint Paul, MN

  • Category II (11-50 employees):

Latuff Bros., Inc., Saint Paul, MN

Lumber One, Avon Inc., Avon, MN

Waterfilters.NET, Zumbrota, MN

  • Category III (51+ employees):

North Star Resource Group, Minneapolis, MN

Park Dental, Roseville, MN

State Bank & Trust, Fargo, ND

“The Integrity Award is a high honor, and we take great pride in presenting it to the worthy businesses in our region that embody ethics and integrity,” said Dana Badgerow, President and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “These companies remind all of us in the business community about the importance of sound practices and putting customers first.” Recipients of this year’s Integrity Award will be announced live at the event on Monday, October 24 at the Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ron James, the President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to this, James was president and CEO of Human Resources Group, a division of Ceridian Corp. He also served as Minnesota’s top executive officer at US West Communications Inc. He teaches business ethics for graduate programs at the University of St. Thomas. In addition to serving on many boards, including Best Buy Corp., Allina Hospital and Clinics, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, he participated in President Bush’s economic forum focusing on corporate responsibility and restoring trust and integrity to the American business system.

Tickets for this event are available to the public and can be purchased online at www.thefirstbbb.org/registration or by contacting Mackenzie Kelley at mkelley@thefirstbbb.org or 651-695-2482. Pre-registration is required.

Early bird tickets (dinner included) are available at the following rates until October 1st:

  • Accredited Business pricing:
    • Individual tickets are $65
    • 10 tickets for $585
    • Non-Accredited Business pricing
      • Individual tickets are $85
      • 10 tickets for $765

After October 1st, individual ticket prices will be $70 and $90, 10 tickets will be $630 and $810, respectively.

This is the fifth year that the BBB will present its Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards to high school seniors who demonstrate (through essay) their understanding of the impact ethical decisions have had on their lives. One $5,000 and one $2,500 scholarship will be presented to students to use towards the colleges of their choice.

“These scholarships are a wonderful way to reward students who have faced moral dilemmas but have found the inner strength necessary to do the right thing,” said Lisa Jemtrud, Foundation Director for the BBB.

Best Buy is the 2011 Integrity Awards presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors for the event are: Think Mutual Bank; Clear Channel Radio; The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Financial Concepts, Inc; CenterPoint Energy; Northland Group; Memory Vision and Rippe Print. 2011 Student of Integrity Scholarship sponsors are: Custom Remodelers, Inc; Hubbard Broadcasting; BBB Center for Character Ethics and Valley Pools & Spas.

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to be a 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. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the BBB at www.bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.

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