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BBB Tip of the Week: Torch Award Winner 2018 is 16 Cents, 3 Shoes and 5 Socks

By Tyler Russell BBB Northwest and Pacific

Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is proud to announce 16 Cents, 3 Shoes and 5 socks as the recipient of the 2018 Torch Award for Ethics for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The Torch Award for Ethics honors businesses and charities that demonstrate excellence in their dedication to high standards of trust, integrity and ethical business practices in the marketplace. In Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho there were over 80 submissions for the 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics.

The story of 16 cents, 3 shoes and 5 socks is one of inspiration and commitment to our community by giving back to those who need help the most. The owner, Jason McSteen, had lost everything and walked into the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane on Dec. 1, 2012, with nothing but 16 cents, 3 shoes and 5 socks. From that day, and with the encouragement from others and immense support from the community, Jason grew what he had left into the business we see today.

“Five years ago, I started this business in a garage,” Jason McSteen said, “Because of the hard work of our staff and loyal customers, we now have three stores in Spokane and are glad to be part of the furniture and mattress retail industry in Spokane. We really focus on and are proud to give back, to give second chances and to make a difference in the community.”

The business’s contributions to the community can be seen every day and it is consistently on the lookout for opportunities to help. Each year, employees participate in the R.O.A.R Walk for Recovery; they established a hardship donation program for those less fortunate who may not be able to finance and host a “Crazy Campout”; and each year they gather donations of warm winter clothes for the homeless. Their contributions to the community, emphasis on trust and integrity made them the judge’s unanimous choice.

An honorable mention to the finalists who submitted some amazing applications that include:

All Travel Guru

All Cities Solar and Electric Company

Campbell & Company

Erickson Optical Lab Inc.

Global Car Care

Monarch Development, Inc.

Northview Family Dental

Peachy Kleen

Pointe Pest Control

Prairie Animal Hospital

Precision Tax Relief, LLC

Stevens Health Alliance

TriComp Inc., d.b.a. Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times

Vacation Rental Authority Inc.

BBB Torch Awards is a local, independently judged, peer-reviewed, rigorous competition. Recipients were evaluated by independent, voluntary panels of judges comprised of business and community leaders. You can find us online at us online at

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