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BBB Tip of the Week: Area nominations sought for annual Torch Awards

By Tyler Russell BBB Northwest+Pacific

Do you know a trustworthy business or charity that deserves to be honored? Then nominate them for Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific’s 2018 Business of the Year and Charity of the Year Torch Awards.

Each year, we take nominations from our region from Eastern Washington and Idaho. We also accept self-nominations. All nominees will be contacted to complete the application form after the nomination period. BBB is accepting nominations at until Aug. 13.

Last year’s Torch Award winner was Catered for You, of Spokane. It has been an accredited business with BBB since 2001. This business showed commitment to ethics, integrity and building trust among its staff members, customers and within the community. Owners Linette and Romeo Herrera established their business in 1985 and have provided exceptional catering combined with excellent service.

“We strive to build long-term relationships on sound business practices, honest and ethical dealings and always do what we say we will do,” Linette Herrera said.

The other businesses that were finalists for the 2017 Torch Awards included: Millrich Associates LLP and StreetRodz Unlimited LLC.

Being an accredited business is not a requirement for nomination.

The BBB Torch Awards program honors companies and charities who demonstrate a high level of integrity and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics.

Categories include:

Business of the Year: Honors businesses that demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity and building trust in the marketplace.

Charity of the Year: Honors a 501c (3) organization that demonstrates its effectiveness in impacting positive change in its community ethically and responsibly.

A Business of the Year recipient will be named in each region that BBB Northwest + Pacific serves: Alaska, Idaho/W. Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Hawaii, Eastern Washington and Western Washington. One recipient from the Northwest and Pacific territory will receive an award for Charity of the Year.

Entries are evaluated by independent, voluntary panels of judges comprised of business and community leaders. All Charities and businesses are eligible to apply for the award. To learn more about the Torch Awards criteria, or to make a nomination, visit

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