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Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas is now accepting entries for the 2018 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. BBB created the Torch Awards to recognize and celebrate ethical business practices. Spotlighting these companies fits BBB’s mission, which is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

Any for-profit business headquartered in BBB’s 105-county service area can submit an entry. Entrants must have been in business for at least three years. While BBB Accreditation is not a requirement, businesses must be in good standing with BBB and have at least a “B” rating to be considered for the award. Also, past winners can only enter once every three years.

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the business and academic communities. The judging criteria includes these six categories:

  • Excellence – Describe how your organization has demonstrated the quality of excellence throughout your business.
  • IntegrityIllustrate ways your business promotes integrity through leadership and how the message is disseminated within your organization.
  • TeamworkGive examples of ways you encourage teamwork.
  • TrustIdentify tactics you use to promote trust with both internal and external partnerships.
  • RespectShare accolades or awards that exhibit respect earned in your field. In what manner do you show appreciation to your employees?
  • Community InvolvementGive examples of how your business makes efforts to connect with your community.

Winners will receive the following benefits:

  • Inclusion in a press release announcing winners
  • Announcements made via BBB’s social media channels.
  • Lifetime use of the BBB Torch Awards Seal (As long as winners maintain a “B” rating with BBB).
  • Torch Award trophy presentation by BBB.
  • Professional quality photos taken of the winning business by BBB
  • Website recognition.
  • Perpetual placement on Torch Awards winners page (As long as winners maintain a “B” rating with BBB).

For entry forms and additional information, visit

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 21, 2018.

Kelly Trevino is the regional director for the Corpus Christi/Victoria area of Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas. Kelly is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. You can reach her by phone: (361) 945-7352 or email: