BBB Opens Entry Process for Annual Torch Awards

July 07, 2014

Public encouraged to suggest businesses and nonprofits as award nominees

DENVER – Ethics in business and philanthropy are as vital as ever and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder is calling on the public to highlight exceptional organizations through its annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust. The BBB Torch Award illuminates the importance of trust in trade and philanthropy. In 2014, seven businesses and nonprofit organizations will be awarded in various categories honoring integrity and customer service.

“During the past 12 years since the program began, we have presented BBB Torch Awards to more than 20 local organizations that exemplify integrity in our marketplace,” said Su Hawk, president and CEO for the BBB of Denver/Boulder. “But it all starts with the nomination process, an innately rewarding journey regardless of the result.”

To qualify, organizations must have no unanswered BBB complaints, have been in operation for at least three years and have a physical location in the BBB of Denver/Boulder’s 12-county service area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, Washington and Yuma counties). Businesses must have a BBB rating of a B or higher, and nonprofit organizations must meet the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. BBB Accreditation is not required for qualification.

In 2013, BBB Torch Award winners included Integrity Electrical Solutions, Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. To suggest a business or nonprofit to be nominated for the BBB Torch Awards, including your own business or nonprofit, please visit

The 2014 BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust ceremony takes place on October 30 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

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About the BBB

The BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, BBB Business Reviews, BBB Charity Reports and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers dispute resolution services for consumers and businesses. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, there are 112 local, independent BBBs across the U.S. and Canada. Please visit for more information.