BBB Announces Winners of the 2019 Business of the Year Torch Award and Charity Challenge

COLUMBIA, SC November 12, 2019 – Recipients of the BBB Business of the Year Torch Awards and Charity Challenge were named at a ceremony held on Thursday, November 07, 2018 at the Capital City Club. The Torch Award was created to recognize local businesses that exemplify BBB's high standards of Trust and Ethics.

Small Business: Bethea Family Dentistry
Medium Business: Miler Properties
Large Business: Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Charity Challenge Winner: Charleston Animal Society

“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 Charity Challenge Recipient.”

More than 180 business owners, employees and community leaders attended the ceremony. The Featured Speaker for the Awards Dinner was SC Lieutenant Governor, Pamela S. Evette.

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.

BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston was looking for a way to give back and support local charities in our communities. Businesses were asked to nominate their favorite charity. Voting was then calculated by how many likes and shares the charity received via the BBB Facebook Page. The winning charity received a $500.00 donation from BBB. We would like to thank our Accredited Businesses who made the donation to Charleston Animal Society possible.

ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2018, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on nearly 5.4 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. BBB Serving Central SC and Charleston was founded in 1985 and serves 15 Counties in South Carolina. (Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter)

BBB’s Mission:
It is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by:
1. Setting standards for marketplace trust
2. Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating
consumers and Businesses
3. Celebrating marketplace role models
4. Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
5. Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

The BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity
includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results
in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory

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