Middletown Company Wins 2012 Connecticut BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

The Connecticut Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics recognizes companies that embody the highest ethical standards, and exemplify best business practices.

Burlington, CT High School Senior also Receives $2,500 BBB Student Ethics Award and Scholarship for Core Values of Integrity, Respect and Diligence

Middletown-based Jessica’s Color Room Salon won the 2012 Connecticut Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics at the organization’s Annual Awards Gala and Annual Meeting, November 1, 2012.   The Torch Award recognizes companies that embody the highest ethical standards, and exemplify best business practices.

“The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is an acknowledgement of outstanding achievement,” according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau President, Paulette Scarpetti.  “Businesses that win this award work hard to instill confidence in consumers and they set an example for other businesses in all sectors.”

A student at Lewis S. Mills School in Burlington, Siobhan Sara O’Neil, received the 2012 Connecticut Better Business Bureau Student Ethics Award and Scholarship, which recognizes students who personify high ethical standards through leadership, community service, overall academic history and personal integrity. 

The annual award’s criteria include academic achievements, related extracurricular work that requires leadership, community service and an essay that calls upon applicants to illustrate how their qualities, principles and actions have contributed to character ethics.  Siobhan was chosen by an independent panel of judges to receive a scholarship of $2,500 to be used at a college or university of her choice. 

Connecticut BBB also presented its annual Awards for Marketplace Excellence in three categories: Employee Superior Service, Business/Consumer Education and Excellence in Website Marketing Message.

The winner of the 2012 Connecticut Better Business Award for Excellence in Business Consumer Education was Arnone Building and Supply of Bethany, with honorable mention going to James M. Clement Manufacturing and Custom Jewelers, of Hamden.

The 2012 BBB Award for Excellence in Website Marketing Message went to Monroe–based Church Hill Classics, with honorable mentions for R.P. Design Web Services in Cheshire as well as Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics winner, Jessica’s Color Room.

Employees from four companies received the 2012 Better Business Bureau Employee Superior Service Award: Lauren Miller of Church Hill Classics, Mary Dye from Stamford-based Frank Cummings Imperial Asphalt and Todd Banning from Christopher Bryant Company in Simsbury. Glastonbury-based Custom Basement Systems had three employees recognized for superior service in 2012,   Denise Coogan, Sherry Masek and Lisa Pantaleo.

The Connecticut BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics and the Awards for Marketplace Excellence are open to both BBB Accredited and non-accredited businesses.  Nominations are accepted from businesses and consumers.

Connecticut Better Business Bureau extends its congratulations to all award recipients and businesses that received honorable mentions.

-Submitted by Howard Schwartz, Executive Communications Director, Connecticut Better Business Bureau

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