The Better Business Bureau that serves all of Southeast Texas is conducting its 16th annual Torch Award for Marketplace Trust competition to recognize and encourage ethical business practices in the region. The deadline for submitting entries is March 22. Again this year, there will be a category for non-profit organizations as well.
American Valve & Hydrant, CHRISTUS Hospital, Conn’s HomePlus, Neches Federal Credit Union, and Philpott Motors, are the underwriting corporate Diamond Partners for this year’s application and selection process.
“The purpose of this award is to recognize annually those for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations in our region committed to maintaining exceptionally high standards of ethical behavior in buyer/seller and provider/supporter relationships,” said John Paschall, President/CEO of the BBB. “I encourage the many outstanding companies and charities in Southeast Texas, small and large, that work to uphold the trust and respect of their customers and supporters to submit an entry for these prestigious awards.” You need not have a formal ethics program or be BBB Accredited to enter.
Applications for the 2013 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust regional competition will be accepted through March 22, 2013. Two categories of for-profit companies will be recognized: one large (21 employees and more), and one small (1-20 employees), and one category for non-profit organizations.
Past Southeast Texas winners of the Torch Award for Marketplace Trust include Star Graphics, Airport Travel Agency, DuPont Goodrich Federal Credit Union, Anderson Ford Mercury, Classic Southeast Texas, Copy & Camera Technologies, Philpott Motors, Ltd., Tony Houseman Companies, Claybar Funeral Homes, The Walters Agency, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Waldman & Smallwood Law Firm, Texas Marine, Winnie Welding Works, Howell Furniture Galleries, Tallman Pools, Bill Clark Pest Control, Entergy, Burris Transfer & Storage, Orange Savings Bank, Jeneal International, Collier Park Retirement Community, Broussard’s Mortuary, Mason Construction, Inc., Southeast Texas Water Conditioning, Inc., Efficient Systems, Inc., and American Valve and Hydrant, Inc.
The Torch Award for Marketplace Trust awards are open to all for-profit southeast Texas businesses that serve retail and wholesale markets, and also non-profit organizations. A company or non-profit does not have to be a BBB Accredited Business to submit an entry for these coveted awards. Applicants must be located in one or more of the following counties: Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Tyler, or the Bolivar Peninsula.
Southeast Texans are also asked to nominate for-profit or non-profit groups in the region and to encourage those organizations he/she works for, or where they are a customer or supporter, to apply for the proud recognitions. 13,000 entry forms were mailed on February 1 to businesses and organizations in the region. Applications may be requested from the office of the Better Business Bureau by calling (409) 835-5951 x104, toll-free at (855) BBB-SETX, or by writing to the BBB at 550 Fannin, Suite 100, Beaumont, TX, 77701. You may fax nominations and application requests to (409) 838-6858 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, simply download an application at www.bbb.org. (Look under Announcements on the Home Page.) Torch Award Workshops will be conducted at the BBB office on February 19 at 10am and March 5 at 2pm, as well as the Cleveland Civic Center in Cleveland on March 7 at 9am and Baptist Hospital in Orange on March 8 at 10am. Businesses with questions on the entry process are welcome to stop by for assistance.
A prestigious independent panel of judges from the non-profit sector will score entries and then select the finalists and winners in the two for-profit categories. The three finalists in each for-profit category will be recognized and the two winners announced atthe 16th annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust Presentation Banquet to be held Tuesday evening, May 7, at the Beaumont Civic Center. An acclaimed independent panel of judges from the for-profit sector will score entries and then select the finalists and winner in the non-profit category that will be announced at the banquet as well.
Proceeds from the May 7 banquet will benefit the BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc., which will make a contribution of over $10,000 to continue funding endowed College of Business scholarships at Lamar University and other various higher education institutions in the area. The BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. has contributed $150,000 to these scholarships over the last fourteen years.
The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas will celebrate 50 years of serving Southeast Texas at this year’s banquet. Thirteen businesses that have been BBB Accredited since 1963 will be honored at the event. The BBB will also mark the occasion the entire year with a series of TV spots that will feature business leaders who have made an impact on our community for 50+ years. The presentation of the various never-seen before interviews will be shown in their entirety at the banquet. Corporate tables for the prestigious awards presentation are now available. For more information and table partnership reservations contact Debbie Bridgeman at (409) 835-5951 x117 or email email@example.com.