2016 BBB Delaware Award Winners

The Better Business Bureau serving Delaware honored 5 local companies in December with awards that recognize businesses that demonstrate a solid commitment to doing things right, not only in their companies, but within their entire industry and community.
January 24, 2017

The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics competition recognizes exemplary businesses that strive to go above and beyond in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and their community. BBB Delaware presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to businesses that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of its operations.

 Four Delaware companies were selected as 2016 Winners of the Torch Awards for Ethics. Those businesses are:

  • Worldwide Incorporators
  • Bay to Beach Builders
  • Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling
  • DryZone LLC


A special highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Edward M. Rush Sr. Memorial Award for an outstanding family-owned business that displays integrity and exemplifies the ideals of community and civic service.  The 2016 winner, not announced until the evening of the event, is AutoTeam Delaware (Delaware Cadillac, Delaware Subaru, Kia of Wilmington).


This family-owned business, headed by Mike Uffner, celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2016. Uffner, a notable leader in the Delaware business and non-profit communities, continued a long-standing tradition of service with excellence and integrity when he took over the business many years ago.

“It was a competitive year, but these businesses stood out, displaying high ethical standards in their relationships with all of their stakeholders,” said Christine Sauers, BBB Delaware president.

“All of this year’s winners have set an example for businesses of all sizes to follow, and we applaud their contributions to upholding a trustworthy marketplace,” said Sauers.


Photos courtesy of B. Proud Photography

About the Torch and Rush Awards: Recipients of both the Torch and Rush Awards are selected by a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders who review entries and choose the winners based on a set of criteria including dedication to leadership, ethical behavior toward employees and commitment to their community. The panel of judges represent varying backgrounds, including both large and small businesses, the accounting and legal community and service and retail industries.

About the Edward M. Rush Sr. Memorial Award: In 1993, the family of Edward M. Rush, Sr., (Rush Uniform/New Castle, DE) established this award honoring Mr. Rush’s memory for setting high standards for family-owned businesses.  The award is given annually to an outstanding family-owned and operated Better Business Bureau Accredited Business who also exemplifies the ideals of community and civic service.