BBB Seeks 2013 Torch Award Entries

June 13, 2013

Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is now accepting entries for the 2013 Torch Award. This award recognizes companies and charities that are committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers and communities.

Entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of prestigious judges from business communities in Eastern North Carolina. While BBB Accreditation is not a requirement, companies must be in business for at least three years and have earned at least a ‘B’ rating with BBB to be considered.

BBB is looking for businesses and charities that others will want to emulate. Candidates must show creativity in their ability to manage customer expectations, provide excellent customer service and resolve disputes. They must demonstrate the ways they inspire their workforce to adopt and communicate their ethics and further their mission.

“The three companies we honored with the 2012 Torch Awards embody the ideals that BBB works to advance in the marketplace every day,” said Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “We congratulate them for their dedication to truth, honesty and customer focus.”

Benefits for winners include:

  • Free Press & Publicity
    • News release spotlighting the winner sent to area media
    • Feature story in BBB’s newsletter
    • Special promotion on BBB’s Web site
    • Inclusion on BBB’s Voice Response System
  • Presentation of Crystal Torch Award for permanent display
  • Use of Torch Award Logo

To be considered, an organization must submit an application, along with all supporting documents, before 5pm on Friday, November 29, 2013. For assistance with applying for the Torch Award or to nominate a business, please contact

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