BBB Torch Awards
SOURCE: KATV NEWS - By Jason Pederson
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas-
Honoring high ethics in business.
That was the goal of a gathering in Little Rock Thursday.
Tonight Seven-On-Your-Side isn't going to warn you about some questionable company... but instead help celebrate several companies that are doing things right.
It can be true with celebrities, kids and even companies: behaving badly can get you more attention than behaving well.
This awards ceremony is a step towards changing that.
The venue for the gathering...the ballroom at the Governor's Mansion.
The reason for the gathering...to honor and celebrate doing business the right way.
The first Arkansas Torch Awards for Ethics were handed out by the Better Business Bureau.
Thousands of companies are reviewed by the BBB.
These are among the best.
"You can go to www.bbb.org and find information on a company in Arkansas or anywhere else in the United States," says Janet Robb, President and CEO of Arkansas' BBB. "If a Better Business Bureau has a review on the company, you can find it...at no cost."
The inaugural winners include Arvest Bank of Little Rock...
Bud Anderson Heating and Cooling out of Lowell...
Window Mart, located in Royal...
and Main Street Service Center in Harrison.
Two other Little Rock companies were finalists: McCormick Works and Lewis and Company Construction. The other finalist was MDA Central Casting Studios of Fayetteville.
"The Better Business Bureau spends a lot of time focusing on bad business practices," says Robb. "But we're really delighted to be able to focus on some good practices as well. And that is the purpose of the Torch Awards. Let's all work at doing business better."
Eleven businesses that have been accredited members of the Better Business Bureau for over 50 years were also recognized. They are Entergy, Rector Phillips Morse, Friday, Eldredge and Clark, Transamerica, KoolVent, Hiland Dairy, Frances Flower Shop, Tipton Hurst, AT&T, Cromwell and Crow-Burlingame Co.
***For more information about the BBB Torch Awards, please visit: www.arkansastorchawards.com