BBB Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary serving Greater Maryland

August 29, 2017

Centennial Celebration to be held September 19 at Baltimore Museum of Industry

Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland will commemorate 100 years of holding businesses and charitable organizations accountable to high standards of honesty, integrity and fairness next month with an anniversary celebration.

Founded in Baltimore in 1917, BBB offers accreditation to businesses through a rigorous process that helps build trust.  Over the past century, the non-profit organization has achieved a strong track-record aiding buyers and sellers in the unbiased resolution of disputes.

BBB’s 100th anniversary celebration will take place on Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  This indoor/outdoor, harbor side event will kick off with a VIP reception featuring Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary, Mike Gill and other local dignitaries. 

The main event, emceed by ABC2’s Jamie Costello, will feature a brief look back at BBB though the years as well as the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Torch Awards for Ethics. 

The Pride of Baltimore II will be docked out front. All guests are invited to tour the tall ship and talk with her captain and crew about the Pride’s history and visits to ports around the world. Guests will also enjoy an open bar, including wine and local craft beer, oysters on the half shell, and other Maryland fare from Rouge Catering, as well as, live music from Eric Scott and Doug Segree.  Attendees will be able to sample a limited edition U.S.S. Constellation rum made in Maryland using Domino sugar and aged on-ship as well as receive a special commemorative glass. 

In addition, Startup Maryland, a venture development initiative, will be taking their STRT1UP Roadshow, a state-side tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovative startup ventures, to the centennial celebration. "BBB of Greater Maryland is the gold-standard for nurturing ethical and community-driven business leadership," stated Michael Binko, Founder/CEO of Startup Maryland.  "As BBB gets ready for its Maryland centennial event we wanted to show our appreciation for their 100-year accomplishment and amplify the celebration of the organization and its members. BBB of Greater Maryland is an active stalwart of the Maryland and regional Ecosystem supporting innovators and entrepreneurs."   

“We are so excited to be celebrating 100 years of BBB here in Maryland,” said Angie Barnett, president and CEO of BBB serving Greater Maryland. “Over the last century, we have assisted millions of customers make informed decisions while helping businesses deliver on their promises. As we move into the future, BBB will continue to enhance consumer confidence and help people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust.”

Reservations are $100 per guest and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information or reservations, click

BBB's Centennial Celebration is sponsored by:

McCormick & Co.
Brothers Services
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Hague Quality Water of MD
Homefix Custom Remodeling
Law Office of Melissa Menkel McGuire, LLC
Merritt Properties
Von Paris Moving & Storage
1st Secutiry
Capitol Office Solutions
Chesapeake Employers' Insurance
Chapin Davis Investments
Columbia Floors
Horizon Services
Jim Coleman Honda 
Katz Abosch
Mason & Carter
Mr Handyman Anne Arundel & NE PG
Oliver & Grimsley, LLC
Plumb Construction Co.
S & L Productions
WeCare Private Duty Services
Towson University College of Business & Economics