2016 BBB Torch Awards For Ethics Finalists Named

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is proud to announce the 2016 finalists for the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. Each year, BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recognize outstanding companies that display a proven record of going the extra mile in their dealings with the public, employees, vendors and within their communities.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to salute top firms in the region,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Our marketplace is strong and these are companies that help set the bar for ethics.”

The 2016 BBB Torch Award finalists are:

Category I (1-10 employees)
Homestead Road, St. Louis Park, MN

Kamarron Design, Minneapolis, MN

Navigate Forward, Minneapolis, MN

Pets Are Inn, Minneapolis, MN

Twin Cities Care, Edina, MN

Category II (11-50 employees)
Azule Staffing, Eagan, MN

Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Maple Grove, MN

Iron River Construction, Chaska, MN

NHH Building & Restoration, Isanti, MN

Randy’s Electric, Maple Grove, MN

Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Minneapolis, MN

Woods & Thompson, P.A., Minneapolis, MN

Category III (51-175 employees)
Coordinated Business Systems, Burnsville, MN

Genz-Ryan, Burnsville, MN

Category IV (176+ employees)
Evine, Eden Prairie, MN

SPIRE Credit Union, Falcon Heights, MN

This year’s award recipients will be announced live at the 2016 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics ceremony, held Thursday, October 27, at McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

BBB is also once again offering Student of Integrity Scholarships to high school students in Minnesota and North Dakota who are starting their senior year, and demonstrate through essay or a short video the impact ethical decisions have made in their lives. Five scholarships are available this year, with a top prize of $4,500 being awarded. Scholarship money can be applied toward winners’ post-secondary education expenses at any accredited institution. This year’s deadline to apply is Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Ross Bernstein, best-selling author and award-winning speaker, will be the keynote speaker. He’ll be sharing “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World.”

BBB presents Torch Awards for Ethics each year to for-profit companies owned or operated in Minnesota and North Dakota that display integrity in all aspects of their operations. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners. Nominees must be in good standing with BBB; however accreditation is not a requirement to compete for the award.

2016 BBB Torch Award for Ethics

Thursday, October 27 – McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota Campus

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at: thefirstbbb.org/ta-tickets

$50/BBB Accredited Business $450/Table of 10, BBB Accredited Business
$70/General $630/Table of 10, General

Sponsors for the event are: iHeartMedia Minneapolis; Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Clear Channel Outdoor; Cloud Media; YPC Media; NFP Corporate Service; JNBA Financial Advisors; Luther Automotive Group; Select Comfort Corporation; Carpet King; Comcast Business; and Rippe Print

Scholarship sponsors: North Star Resource Group, CenterPoint Energy, Northland Group, My Pillow, KleinBank, Citizens Independent Bank 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.