Time Running Out to Nominate for BBB Torch Awards!

April 29, 2015

Vancouver B.C. – Better Business Bureau serving Mainland B.C.’s red carpet event draws near. On June 11, at the Four Seasons Hotel, our coveted Torch Awards marking business excellence in British Columbia will be handed out. However cut off for nominations and applications is May 7th.

“We’re adding a few new things this year,” says Jeanette Jackson, Director of Communications for BBB BC. “We’ve included a People’s Pick Award which is a great way to get the public involved in the award process. It’s also a way for businesses to engage with their consumers.”

Once BBB has all the nominations for People’s Pick, an informal poll with be created and accessed through BBB Facebook and Twitter pages.

BBB has been giving out Torch Awards since 1997 in order to gain public recognition for North American Businesses who maintain a solid commitment to creating an ethical marketplace.

“It’s not just about dealing with complaints,” adds Jackson. “These awards go much further in terms of recognition. We’ve also included Business Innovation this year and as usual our Green award given to those businesses who lead the way in doing what they can to protect the environment.”

The Torch Awards are not just directed at big business, or those businesses who have been around for years. Each award category offers small, medium and large business segments.

The process is simple. Applicants need to go to the BBB Torch Award web page to find the award they wish to nominate or apply for and follow the directions. Most submissions require attachments and businesses must be able to explain why they should be considered for the particular award.

The submissions are then given to our panel of judges who then make the final decision on who the award goes to.

“Owning your own business is a challenge and BBB understands that. We really look forward to this event and businesses are flattered to receive the awards. And make no mistake, not all categories even require that a business be Accredited with BBB. Whether or not a business is accredited, we hope to inspire a sense of trustworthiness and transparency that can lead to getting an award for their efforts,” asserts Jackson.

The Awards ceremony will be hosted by News1130 Radio’s morning show anchor, Tammy Moyer.

The mission of BBB is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationships between businesses and the public. This is achieved through voluntary self-regulation, consumer business education and service excellence.


Media Contacts:

Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor BBB Serving Mainland BC                                                                                                               604-488-8702                                                                                                                                                                                           evan@mbc.bbb.org                                                                                                                                                                                                         404-788 Beatty Street                                                                                                                                                                                           Vancouver, BC                                                                                                                                                                                                                 V6B 2M1

About BBB:

For over 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been a public reporting agency serving North America. In 2014, consumers turned to BBB serving Mainland B.C. more than 1.8 million times for Business Reviews. Local BBB staff processed 7,500 complaints in 2014.  Business Reviews are all available for free at bbb.org.