BBB Recognizes 5 Companies And 1 Student At 2017 BBB Columbia TORCH Awards Reception

September 12, 2017

Torch GraphicBetter Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Columbia will present TORCH Awards to five businesses and a Student of Ethics award to one student during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Champagne Ballroom in Columbia, Mo.

“Start with Trust, honor the exceptional and learn from the best is our practice within Columbia BBB,” said Sean Spence, BBB Columbia regional director. “These organizations are examples to emulate for anyone who wants to be trusted in the marketplace.”

KMIZ-17 Anchor Joey Parker will emcee the event.

Five companies will be recognized for their commitment to exceptional business ethics and customer satisfaction:

  • Buchroeders, Columbia, Mo.
  • Keeping Good Company, Columbia, Mo.
  • Logboat Brewing Company, Columbia, Mo.
  • Schaefer Autobody Centers, Columbia, Mo.
  • The Pinball Company, Columbia, Mo.


Businesses are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. The awards committee, made up of previous winners, looks at how the company benefits customers, employees and the larger community. They also must meet BBB ethical, advertising and selling standards.

Companies may nominate themselves, or they may be nominated by customers or other businesses.

BBB presents winners with a crystal trophy that they can display. They may promote their status in advertising, marketing and on their websites.

One high school student will receive a Student of Ethics awards of $2,500 each to be applied toward college or trade school expenses. Student submissions were evaluated based on essays, transcripts and recommendations. The winner is:

  • Kaden Helsel, South Callaway High School

 The luncheon and awards ceremony is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Champagne Ballroom.

Tickets for the event are available at $25 a person, or $250 for a table of 10.

To reserve a table or a seat at the event or for information on sponsorships, click here. For more information, please call (573) 886-8965 or send email to

Columbia media contact: Sean Spence, Columbia Regional Director, (573) 886-8965,

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