2013 BBB Torch Award for Ethics winners announced

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NEWS RELEASE — Burnsville, MN – – This year’s winners of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) Torch Awards for Ethics were named at a ceremony held Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 29) at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

Previously called the Integrity Awards, the Torch Award for Ethics recognizes worthy companies that strive to go above and beyond in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and their community.

The 2013 BBB Torch Award winners are:

• Category I (1-10 employees):
           All American Restoration, Golden Valley, MN

• Category II (11-50 employees):
Cornerstone Custom Construction, Ramsey, MN

• Category III (51-175 employees):
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
• Category IV (175+ employees):
CenterPoint Energy, Minneapolis, MN

“This year’s ceremony marks the beginning of a proud new tradition,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “Our BBB Torch Awards, just as our Integrity Awards did, will continue to shine a light on those companies which go the extra mile for their communities and their customers.”

Over 250 business owners and community leaders attended yesterday’s ceremony. Television and radio host Lee Valsvik once again served as emcee at the event, and St. Paul author and entrepreneur David Horsager was the keynote speaker.

The BBB presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations. The Torch Awards are open to all for-profit businesses located within the Minnesota and North Dakota region. 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.

Sponsors for the event are: Clear Channel Radio (KFAN, News Talk 1130, K102, KOOL 108); Clear Channel Outdoor; Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Financial Concepts; Memory Vision; and Rippe Print

The mission of the 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.

The BBB is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the BBB at http://www.bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.


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