"How does your business impact the community?" When asked this question, responses from the Better Business Bureau's 2012 Business of the Year Torch Award winners shared impressive accounts of volunteer efforts, outreach programs, sponsorships and many other charitable community events.
Wells Fargo Bank - Alaska
Detailed Perfection - Corvallis, Ore.
McClain Insurance Services Inc. - Everett, Wash.
After BBB reviewed applications and nominations, volunteer judges from third-party community organizations assessed company entries on four key factors: integrity, involvement, innovation and impression. Out of 98 contenders, the winners earned the highest recognition.
"That willingness to go above and beyond the usual day-to-day operations really stands out," says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. "It's impressive to see so many businesses donating time, money and manpower to make their neighborhoods better."
For more information on the Business of the Year Torch Awards, visit akorww.bbb.org/boyawards.
In conjunction with Business of the Year, BBB recognizes the Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington recipients of the $1,000 Students of Integrity Scholarships. Students were asked to "discuss how sustainable business practices and ethics are interrelated" and winning essays demonstrated awareness and understanding.
Grace Mitton - South Anchorage High School, Alaska
Kimberly Goertzen - West Salem High School, Ore.
Anna Wulfekuhle - Puyallup High School, Wash.
For more information on the 2013 Students of Integrity Scholarships, visit akorww.bbb.org/scholarship.