Better Business Bureau: Names statewide ethics award finalists

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Milwaukee, Wis. – The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that 14 companies have been named as finalists for the prestigious 2009 Business Ethics Torch Awards.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order): All American Window & Door Company of Germantown; Apple Awards of Hayward; CARITAS for Children of Milwaukee; Cobblestone Builders of Menomonee Falls; Ellenbecker Investment Group of Pewaukee; Great Lakes Roofing Corporation of Germantown; HE Stark Agency of Madison; Intercession of Milwaukee; Make-A-Wish Foundation of Butler, Mouse Bytez of Oak Creek; Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of SE Wisconsin of Milwaukee; PyraMax Bank of Greenfield; Tucker Family Construction of Brodhead; and WeatherTight Corporation of West Allis.

The BBB’s Business Ethics Torch Award is a statewide competition that honors companies and charities who demonstrate excellence in ethical practices, service excellence, reputation, honest advertising, peer recognition, management practices and employee training in ethical behavior. The award program was started seven years ago by the Wisconsin BBB, a non-profit organization. Awards will be given in these categories, based on the size of the organization: 1-5 employees; 6-50 employees; 51-500 employees; and charity.

Randall Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president/CEO said, “Trust has never been more important than in today’s business environment. When companies are ethical and trustworthy, they deserve to be honored. The BBB is happy to shine the spotlight on these ethical companies. I congratulate all of them for this well-deserved honor.”

Winners will be announced at the BBB’s 7th annual Torch Awards Banquet on Tuesday, October 13th at the historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Packer legend and football Hall-of-Famer Willie Davis is the keynote speaker.

The event is preceded by the Ethics & Integrity Leadership Summit, a series of workshops designed to help businesses with ethical challenges. The summit begins at 8:30 am, followed by the luncheon and awards ceremony at noon. The cost for the luncheon is $50 for BBB accredited businesses ($65 for non-accredited businesses) or $100 to attend both events. For more information, go to or contact Carole at 414-847-6064.