Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. Business Review in Dayton, OH - Dayton BBB

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Name: Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc.
Phone: (937) 222-1534
Address: 15 W. 4th St., Ste. 300
Dayton, OH 45402
Report Expiration Date: December 16, 2018
Original Business Start Date: December 2004
Principal: Ms. Yolanda Oster, Program Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Yolanda Oster, Program Director - (937) 222-1534
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: December 2004, OH
Type of Business: Charity - Local

Additional DBA Names

BBB Education Foundation of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc.

Stated Purpose

According to the Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc., its mission is "to collaborate with governmental agencies, businesses/nonprofits and your BBB to prepare consumers of all ages to spend, save and give wisely and act with integrity and ethics in business and in life."

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. (CBCE) programs include Teen Smart and Smart Consumer classes designed to teach high school and college students how to use credit wisely, cell phones responsibly, how to avoid identify theft and how to develop a savings and spending strategy.

Stop Shoplifting School is a court referred program educating juveniles that are first time shoplifters on the costs involved with crime to themselves, their families, the business, the economy and the community. Referrals are received from courts in Montgomery, Greene and Clark Counties.

Life Rules is a program held in conjunction with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court for children under 10 years old who have come before the justice system for the first time for some wrong to society. The class builds ethical decision making foundations, self-esteem and confidence.

The Charitable Advisory Service, in partnership with your Better Business Bureau, promotes nonprofit management best practices and capacity building efforts through a comprehensive BBB Charity Accreditation process and a Charity Seal Program. It also serves as a resource for donors to ensure they give wisely.

Air Force Line is available to military personnel making the full resources of your BBB available 24/7 no matter where an individual is located.

Students of Integrity Scholarships honor high school juniors and seniors who personify ethics through leadership, community service, integrity and academics.

For the year ended December 31, 2008, Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Charity Review:$1,238

Military Program:

Stop Shoplifting School:

Students of Integrity:

Teen Smart:
Total Program Expenses:$55,179


Chief Executive Officer:Yolanda Oster, Program Director
Chair of the Board:Jill May, Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman & Swaim
Board Size:12

Fund Raising

Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc. (CBCE) receives funds through grant proposals.

The CBCE reports no fundraising expenses for 2008 as some expenses are shared with your Better Business Bureau.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Center for Business and Consumer Ethics, Inc.'s IRS Form 990 for the year ended December 31, 2008:

 Stop Shoplifting School$18,033
 Investment income$1,533
 Total Income:$92,606
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$55,179 70.94%59.58%
 Fund Raising:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Administrative:$22,609 29.06%24.41%
 Total Expenses:$77,788
Excess of Income over Expenses$14,818
Ending Net Assets:$37,272

Notes and Comments

Your BBB's Charitable Advisory Service reports on local charities and determines if they meet the voluntary BBB Standards for Charity Accountability addressing governance and oversight, measuring effectiveness, finances, fund raising and information materials.

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