Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is proud to announce the 2015 finalists for the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. The Torch Awards for Ethics recognize worthy companies that strive to go above and beyond in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and within their communities.
“It is truly an honor to spotlight companies that set an example through their commitment to excellence,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “These are businesses that understand and clearly demonstrate the importance and value of ethics.”
The 2015 BBB Torch Award finalists are:
Category I (1-10 employees)
Plumb Right, Brooklyn Park, MN
Triton Commerce, Minneapolis, MN
Trust Vets, Circle Pines, MN
Category II (11-50 employees)
Camp Bow Wow Burnsville, Burnsville, MN
JNBA Financial Advisors, Bloomington, MN
Maud Borup Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Twin Cities Siding Professionals, St. Paul, MN
Vujovich Design Build, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Woods & Thompson, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
Category III (51-175 employees)
Air Mechanical Inc., Ham Lake, MN
HealthPartners Hospice & Palliative Care, Bloomington, MN
North Star Resource Group, Minneapolis, MN
Category IV (175+ employees)
I.C. System, Inc., St. Paul, MN
Preferred Credit, Inc., St. Cloud, MN
The 2015 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics ceremony will be held Thursday, October 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the 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. Scholarship money is awarded directly toward winners’ post-secondary education expenses (tuition or room/board only) at any accredited institution. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s Torch Awards keynote speaker is Kit Welchlin. Welchlin purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21, and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three manufacturing companies. He’s been an instructor with MNSCU, where he has been repeatedly nominated Outstanding Faculty, and he is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.
BBB presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations. 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. For more information on the Torch Awards for Ethics and this year’s ceremony, please visit our website: thefirstbbb.org/torchawards.
2015 BBB Torch Award for Ethics
Thursday, October 29 – McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota Campus
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at: thefirstbbb.org/events
$45/Accredited Business $405/Table of 10, Accredited Business
$65/General $585/Table of 10, General
Sponsors for the event are: iHeartMedia Minneapolis (Cities97, KFAN, KDWB, K102, KOOL108, KTLK); Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Clear Channel Outdoor; Master Communications Group; NFP; Luther Automotive Group; Carpet King; Voice Solutions, Inc.; Walden University; and Rippe Print
Scholarship sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, KleinBank, Northland Group 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