2021 BBB Business of the Year Torch Award Winners Announced!

Recipients of the BBB Business of the Year Torch Awards and Charity Challenge Champion were named at a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 03, 2021 at the Palmetto Club.

BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston presents the Business of the Year Torch Award each year to companies who exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations. The Torch Awards are open to all for-profit businesses located within the Midlands and Lowcountry regions. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to the BBB, where a panel of judges from SCORE review the entries and choose the winners. SCORE's mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

In 2021, Businesses are asked to nominate their favorite charity. The Charity Challenge is open to all charities located within the Midlands and Lowcountry regions. Voting is calculated by how many likes and shares the charity received via the BBB Facebook Page. The Charity Challenge Champion receives a $500 donation from the BBB. We would like to thank our Accredited Businesses who made this donation possible.

Please join us in congratulating the following businesses on being named the 2021 BBB Business of the Year Torch Award Recipients and the 2021 Charity Challenge Champion:

Small Business: Chapin Pet Lodge
Medium Business: Cohen Brand Management
Large Business: Charleston Animal Society
Charity Challenge Champion: Special Olympics of South Carolina

“This is always an inspiring event”, said Chris Hadley, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston. “BBB is committed to its principles of Trust and Ethics in the marketplace. We appreciate the ongoing support from all our Accredited Businesses. BBB is especially pleased to highlight the outstanding work of our Business of the Year Torch Award Recipients and the Charity Challenge Champion.”

More than 100 business owners, employees and community leaders attended the ceremony. Cherelle Turner performed the National Anthem to kick off the event. The Featured Speaker for the Awards Dinner was First Lieutenant Patrick C. “Clebe” McClary III, USMC, who discussed his inspiring story of courage and overcoming obstacles during his time in Vietnam and civilian life.

Photography was provided by Travis Bell Photography, and will be posted here as soon as they are available.

The evening also featured the election of new Board Members for 2022. The newly elected Directors were Rick Durkee of Coastal Financial Planning Group and Tommy Miles of Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. Mr. Durkee and Mr. Miles will join the following Board of Directors for BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston in 2022:

Marlo Kanipe, Chair of Deserved Comfort Housekeeping
Edgar Alewine, Vice Chairman of Jim Hudson Automotive Group
Harris Eckstrom, Treasurer of Carolina Business Equipment
Chris Morrison, Secretary of Terratec
Tom Moses, Legal Counsel of Southeast IP Group
Karan Sorensen, Past Chair of Sorensen Strategies
Tom Moore of Edgewater Sport Marketing
Gwendolyn Rivers of Caro-Smart Financial Solutions
Matt Thompson of Splash Omnimedia

Sponsors for the event were: Burgin Roofing Services (Event Sponsor), Cantey Foundation Specialists, Caro-Smart Financial Solutions, Deserved Comfort House Cleaning, Jim Hudson Automotive Group, Shred360, and Bullseye Visuals

Thank you to all the businesses who were nominated for the Charity Challenge:

Alzheimer's Association
Early Education Career Institute
Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)
Special Olympics of South Carolina
VFW Post 4262

Thank you to all the businesses who were nominated for the Business of the Year Torch Award:

Small Business Category:
Chapin Pet Lodge, Inc.
Fabulous Business Solutions
Javis Tax Service & Accounting
Midlands Real Estate Investors Association
New Level Construction
Peartree Homes
Port City Machinery, LLC
Powell Roofing, LLC
Reasonable Air, LLC
Rhapsody Fitness
Southern Bell Living
The Hartman Law Firm, LLC
Vista Roofing, Inc.
Walters Appliance Service, Inc.
Watermark Counseling

Medium Business Category:
Booze Pops
Cohen Brand Management
Dorchester Paws
Galeana Kia
Mota Crosslinking Business Academy
Palmetto Commercial Services of the Midlands
Rudd Plumbing, Heating and Air
Swamp Fox Agency

Large Business Category:
Cantey Foundation Specialist
Certainty Home Loans, LLC
Charleston Animal Society
Clark's Termite & Pest Control
Cornerstone Wealth Advisory Group, LLC
Dominion Energy South Carolina
Finkel Law Firm, LLC
Synter Resource Group
White Brown Smiles

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