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BBB Announces Winners of the 2019 Business of the Year Torch Award and Charity Challenge

November 12, 2019


COLUMBIA, SC November 12, 2019 – Recipients of the BBB Business of the Year Torch Awards and Charity Challenge were named at a ceremony held on Thursday, November 07, 2018 at the Capital City Club. The Torch Award was created to recognize local businesses that exemplify BBB’s high standards of Trust and Ethics.

Small Business: Bethea Family Dentistry
Medium Business: Miler Properties
Large Business: Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Charity Challenge Winner: Charleston Animal Society

“This is always an inspiring event”, said Chris Hadley, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston. “BBB is committed to its principles of Trust and Ethics in the marketplace. We appreciate the ongoing support from all our Accredited Businesses. BBB is especially pleased to highlight the outstanding work of our Business of the Year Torch Award Recipients and Charity Challenge Recipient.”
More than 180 business owners, employees and community leaders attended the ceremony. The Featured Speaker for the Awards Dinner was SC Lieutenant Governor, Pamela S. Evette

BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston presents the Business of the Year Torch Award 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 Midlands and Lowcountry regions. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to the BBB, where a panel of judges from SCORE review the entries and choose the winners. SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston was looking for a way to give back and support local charities in our communities. Businesses were asked to nominate their favorite charity. Voting was then calculated by how many likes and shares the charity received via the BBB Facebook Page. The winning charity
received a $500.00 donation from BBB. We would like to thank ou Accredited Businesses who made the donation to Charleston Animal Society possible.

  1. Setting standards for marketplace trust
  2. Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and Businesses
  3. Celebrating marketplace role models
  4. Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
  5. Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

The BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results
in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

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