The Better Business Bureau® of Amarillo announces five companies finalists in the 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics competition - First Capital BankGeneral Office SupplyHeal the CityThe Jim Hutson Agency, LLCKarr & Hardee Dentistry Winners will be announced on February 23, at the Torch Awards Celebration. This year’s celebration will include a Casino Night, music by Velvet Funk Band, Food by area restaurants and a silent auction. The Torch Awards for Ethics recognizes businesses and organizations that have shown through their application that they are trustworthy, honest and fair. The awards also serve to recognize reputable business practices overall. Recognizing good businesses make for a healthy community where people can live, work and do business with confidence. There may be some lessons to be learned along the way but these businesses, like all ethical companies, are committed to doing the right thing, promoting good customer service and giving back to the community. Applicants must prove they meet the six BBB TRUST! Principles which include character; ethics; unity; performance; human resource practices and active engagement in the community and in their industries. Make reservations for the Torch Awards Celebration by contacting 806.379.7133 or www.bbb.org/Amarillo/Awards and celebrate TRUST! "The longevity of the Torch Awards program reflects an ongoing interest by companies and individuals in ethical business practices and self-regulation," said Janna Kiehl, President & CEO. "Belief in ethics, in doing the right thing even in difficult situations, is the foundation of the BBB system." The awards the BBB's opportunity to shine a light on what's good and right in our community; for individual companies who apply for the award and for good business overall." Award Criteria include a demonstration of ethical practices in the marketplace; high standards of behavior toward customers, employees, suppliers, and communities; truthful and accurate advertising and sales practices; ethical reputation among industry peers and in communities in which they do business; and programs to assist employees in carrying out ethics policies.