BBB Appoints Chip Weiant as the Director of BBB's Center for Characer Ethics

February 01, 2013

Columbus, Ohio – February 4, 2013 - BBB serving Central Ohio announces Chip Weiant as the Director of the BBB Center for Character Ethics.

In 2006, Weiant helped develop and now directs the Better Business Bureau’s National Center for Character Ethics (NCCE) which provides assessment, training and recognition in leadership character and organizational ethics. The NCCE exists to help BBB’s across the country build local BBB Center for Character Ethics to fortify BBB Accredited Businesses (and help BBB’s reach out to all businesses and non-profit leaders). The Center for Character Ethics relays a message of taking personal responsibility to intentionally implement the six principles of the BBB’s

EthicalEnterprising Frameworksm which, when practiced, leads to award-winning trust among employees, consumers and communities.

From 1983-1997, Chip was a member of the executive management teams of several privately-held companies where he focused on building and leading ethical enterprise teams. In 1998, Chip founded CompassUSA and the non-profit American Center for Civic Character to consult business, government and higher education leaders (including the BBB) in applied leadership character and ethical enterprise best practices. Chip’s work has led him to senior policy advisory roles with Ohio civic leaders as well as to his being named a fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research in civil society (Indianapolis, IN). In 2008, Chip’s labors were recognized with the 2008 Sir John Templeton Freedom Award in Ethics & Values from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

Chip is passionate about free enterprise and believes that, rightly executed, it is an inherent "social good" that creates jobs- by creating value as well as opportunities for all to invest their God-given talents and experience "earned success".  Chip does not describe himself as "pro-business, but as "pro-good business".

From 1998-2012, Chip advanced "good" or "better" business ideas among thought leaders and scholars in America by serving as a trustee and the program officer of the Durell Foundation for Economic Liberty, which launched a funds free-market economic scholar program that includes the national K-12 INFUSIONOMICS Project (, the national Free Market Forum Project ( and the national Sound Money Project (

In 2013, Chip accepted the full time role of directing the work of the BBB Center for Character Ethics and looks forward to bringing all of his experience and energy to serve the BBB community.

About BBB’s Center for Character Ethics

The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio and BBB’s Center for Character Ethics are business supported, free-enterprise advancing non-profit organizations. Our mission is to accredit, monitor, elevate and celebrate the commitment that for-profit and non-profit enterprises make to the highest standards in leadership character ethics and ethical enterprising. We help fortify trust-worthy enterprises and measure success by how well both producers and consumers flourish in Central Ohio.