MEDIA CONTACTSusann MillerBBB Communications Manager520-888-6161 email@example.com N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701Celebrating Southern Arizona Companies Who Do Business The Right WayTucson, AZ – Better Business Serving Southern Arizona will be honoring local companies that do business the right way at our Torch Awards on April 7th at Casino Del Sol. These companies show a solid commitment to building marketplace trust. Their contribution to our Southern Arizona community is critical as we work together to build positive economic growth. Any for-profit business headquartered in BBB’s 5 county service area can be nominated for the Torch Awards. This includes Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Graham, and Greenlee counties. This year's submissions tripled over previous years which reiterates that our community's businesses care about creating best practice policies that move the community forward.Candidates were evaluated by an unbiased panel of judges from the business and academic communities. Eligibility for all categories requires that the company has been in business more than one year, they have earned a "B" rating or better from BBB, and that they have not won a Torch Award in the last three years.The judging criteria for the four award categories are:Ethics AwardHonors a business for its trustworthy and honorable business practices throughCompany Management, Organizational Commitment to Ethics, Marketing - Advertising - Communications - Sales, and being a Leader in its industry and community.Good Neighbor AwardHonors a business that shows a commitment to making Southern Arizona a better place through community service. Both the business and individual employees play a significant role in support of local charities.Customer Excellence AwardHonors a business that has an outstanding customer service program and a history of exceeding customers' expectations and can show how the organization communicates its customer service policies to its staff. This award is open only to BBB Accredited Businesses in Southern Arizona.Spark AwardNew category that honors a business that has at least one member of its leadership team that is 35 years of age or younger. Critical elements include: Character that demonstrates ethical leadership, culture that creates a positive and productive workplace, and community involvement that promotes enthusiastically giving back.2017 Finalists are (noted in alphabetical order):Ethics: Contact One Call CenterEthics: High-End Used SaddlesEthics: Plum Windows & DoorsEthics: Water-Tec of TucsonGood Neighbor: DK AdvocatesGood Neighbor: Hamstra Heating & CoolingGood Neighbor: Hughes Federal Credit UnionGood Neighbor: Tucson Federal Credit UnionCustomer Excellence Award: Agility Spine & Sports Physical TherapyCustomer Excellence Award: Fish Window CleaningCustomer Excellence Award: Sunshine ExpertsCustomer Excellence Award: The Motivator Personal FitnessSpark: Green Valley Cooling and HeatingSpark: Hayes ConstructionSpark: Plum Windows & DoorsSpark: The Savvy Copywriter 2016 Winners were: Ethics: Vistoso AutomotiveGood Neighbor Award: Claire's Cafe and Art Gallery Customer Excellence Award: BRAKEmax Car Care Centers We invite the community and media to join us for this annual evening of celebration. Register at go.bbb.org/soaz-TorchAwards.