Six Chicago-Area Businesses Are Recipients of BBB’s 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

November 17, 2015

CHICAGO, IL- November 13, 2015 – Six Chicago-area businesses have been selected as recipients of the 2016 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 19th annual awards luncheon will be held Thursday, November 19, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Hosea Sanders, co-anchor of ABC 7 Eyewitness News, will emcee the event. 

Receiving awards will be:Dream Kitchens, Inc., Highland Park; Rainbow International of South & West Suburbs, Hickory Hills; New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing, Inc., Lake Zurich; Normandy Design Build Remodeling, Hinsdale; Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove; and Plante Moran, Chicago.

“The Torch Award is the premier award the BBB can present to a company,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Torch Award winners demonstrate the highest ethical standards of behavior toward customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business.” 

Bernas notes that the hundreds of nominations and entries came from across the 19 counties the Chicago BBB serves and included a wide variety of businesses.

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: 

Presenting Sponsor: Discover Financial Services


Gold Sponsors: Access One; AT&T: Combined Insurance; ComEd, Empire Today; Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning; The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies; and U.S. Cellular.

Silver Sponsors: Delaware Place Bank, DeVry University, Integrated Project Management (IPM), Midas, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Restore Disaster Restoration Experts, Sears Holdings, Walgreens and West Suburban Bank.

Media Sponsors: ABC7, NBC5, CBS2, WGN-TV, Tribune Media Group and the Chicago Sun-Times

For more information about the BBB Torch Awards, go to:


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 2014, the BBB provided more than 13,700,000 instances of service.  Over 78 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.