BBB Torch Awards to honor five ethical businesses Nov. 5Written by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people think of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) only when they want to report a company for engaging in less than honorable practices. But on Nov. 5, the BBB of Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan will host its 13th annual Torch Awards to honor area companies conducting their business in an ethical manner.
The ceremony is scheduled for noon Nov. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., in Perrysburg. Tickets, which include a meal, are $48, or $38 for nonprofit agencies. A table of eight tickets costs $370. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m.
“The Torch Awards are meant to celebrate businesses in our community that are doing a good job of displaying ethics in the marketplace, with their customers, with their vendors, with the community and with their employees,” said Mollie Tyrrell, the organization’s director of special projects.
Awards will be presented to one business in each of five categories: small business (1-9 employees), medium business (10-49 employees), large business (50-149 employees), extra-large business (150-plus employees) and nonprofit.
Tyrrell said the BBB received about 100 nominations for this year’s awards. Winners receive a trophy created by Toledo glass artist Mike Wallace.
“You often hear a lot about businesses that are not doing the right thing,” said BBB Foundation Director Marilyn Levine. “We would rather highlight businesses that are doing the right thing.”
The keynote speaker will be Dennis Johnson, a Toledo native and president of Brooks Insurance Agency. A longtime fixture on the Toledo business scene, Johnson is the 2014 campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Toledo and also serves on several other boards.
Levine said the BBB does not differentiate types of ethics.
“Our contention is that there’s no difference between business ethics and ethics,” she said. “There’s just ethics. If you’re an ethical person, that transcends business, family, sports, whatever you’re doing. We don’t have our business ethics that we leave on our desks at night and go home and put on our family ethics and shopping ethics and whatever.”
Also revealed at the ceremony will be the two winners of the Jim Smythe Memorial Student of Integrity Scholarships, a $500 scholarship awarded to area high school seniors. The winners will read their essays, which describe an ethical situation they encountered and how they handled it.
For more information or reservations, contact the BBB at (419) 578-6000 or visit www.bbb.org.
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