BBB Names 2017 Torch Awards For Ethics Finalists

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is pleased to announce the 2017 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.

This year’s BBB Torch Award finalists are:

Category I (1-10 employees)
Monarch Builders & Commercial Services, Edina, MN

Omega Force Services, Rogers, MN

Pets Are Inn, Edina, MN

Super Siders, Albertville, MN

Category II (11-50 employees)
AMEK Inc, Bloomington, MN

DFC Consultants, Fargo, ND

Murphy Bros. Design, Build, Remodel, Blaine, MN

Standard Water Control Systems, Inc, Crystal, MN

Trinity Exteriors, Inc, Eden Prairie, MN

Category III (51-175 employees)
Adam’s Pest Control, Inc., Medina, MN

Discount Steel, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Hoffman Weber Construction, Minneapolis, MN

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

Renewal by Andersen, LLC, Cottage Grove, MN

The 2017 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics recipients will be announced live at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 25, which will be held in the Hyundai Club at U.S. Bank Stadium. This year’s event will start at 2:30 p.m

Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Maureen has extensive experience creating and building brand awareness while marketing Minnesota to the world. Prior to joining the Super Bowl Host Committee, she worked as an executive for the Mall of America, starting in public relations in 1990 and moving up to Executive Vice President of Business Development. She was instrumental in building the mall into a national retail destination over the past 25 years. Her extensive experience managing large-scale events, marketing and sales, media relations and guest services earned her a spot-on Advertising Age’s Top 100 Marketers list.

BBB is also once again offering Student of Integrity Scholarships to high school students in Minnesota and North Dakota who are beginning their senior year, and demonstrate through a written essay the impact ethical decisions have made in their lives. Six scholarships are available this year, with a top prize of $5,000 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 21.

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.

2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics

Wednesday, October 25 – Hyundai Club @ U.S. Bank Stadium, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

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

There are multiple options for tickets this year, starting at $50 for an individual ticket and $190 for a four-person package.

Sponsors for the event are: iHeartMedia Minneapolis; Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Clear Channel Outdoor; EideCom; YPC Media; NFP Corporate Service; Luther Automotive Group; Best Buy; Rippe Print; Comcast Business

Scholarship sponsors: North Star Resource Group; CenterPoint Energy; Border State Bank; Citizens Independent Bank; KleinBank; Plumb Right; SPIRE Credit Union; and Valley Pools & 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.