Seven Chicago-Area Businesses to Receive the Better Business Bureau’s 2015 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

November 18, 2014

Seven Chicago-area businesses have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB). The Torch Award spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices. The 18th annual awards luncheon will be held Thursday, November 20, at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Hosea Sanders, Co-Anchor of ABC 7 Morning News will emcee the event. Receiving awards will be:M&M Financial Consulting, WindowWorks, Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook, West Suburban Bank- Downers Grove, Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Empire Today, LLC and Sears Holdings Corporation.

“It is a huge honor for these companies to receive the Torch Award,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Our Torch Award winners demonstrate high ethical standards of behavior toward customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business.”

Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges. Companies are judged on ethical performance in seven general categories, and are compared against similarly sized businesses based on number of employees.

This year's event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: Access One, AT&T, Combined Insurance, ComEd, Discover Financial Services, Empire Today, LLC, Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inland Real Estate, Insight Enterprises, Pampered Chef, US Cellular and Xsport Fitness.

Silver Sponsors: Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook, Clune Construction, Delaware Place Bank, DeVry, Integrated Project Management (IPM), Midas, Restore Construction, Sears, Walgreens and West Suburban Bank- Downers Grove.

Corporate Sponsors: AAA Chicago, ABT Electronics, ADP, Bridgestone Firestone, CDW, Chicago South Loop Hotel, Galaxie Construction, Hanson Material Services, J.C. Restoration, Medley’s Moving and Self Storage, MSI, The Apartment People, Urban Imaging, US Bank and U.S. Waterproofing.

Media Sponsors: ABC7, Hilton Chicago, NBC and Tribune Media Group.

To nominate an ethical business for the 2016 Torch Awards, consumers can nominate an ethical business on our Web site at


The BBB is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.  It is supported by businesses to protect consumers against scams and other unethical business practices.  The group accomplishes this by educating both consumers and businesses, and by highlighting trustworthy businesses. By developing reports and ratings on businesses and charitable organizations, the BBB encourages people to use these as resources and referrals to utilize the free services before making a purchase or donation. The BBB helps resolve buyer/seller complaints through its alternative dispute resolution process. In 2013, the BBB provided more than 22,600,000 instances of service.  Over 80 percent of consumer complaints to the BBB were resolved. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is a member of the international BBB system that services the United States, Canada and Mexico.