Building a successful business isn’t easy. Building a successful business known for integrity, transparency, and consumer responsiveness? Only the best, strive to make that type of commitment. That is precisely what Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific celebrates with its 2019 Torch Award for Ethics, with winners for both Business and Charity of the Year. This recognition honors organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to building trust and integrity with their customers, fellow business owners and communities.
BBB awarded both All Travel Guru and Precision Tax with Business of the Year. Additionally, BBB added a new honor this year, the Spark Award, to recognize newer businesses that exhibit the Torch Award values of ethics, integrity and building trust among staff, customers and around their communities. This year’s Spark winners are Arrottas Automax and New Beginnings LLC in Spokane.
Business of the Year
All Travel Guru was created out of a love for travel, with a desire to share their experiences with their customers. BBBNW + P is proud to award the Torch Award for Business Ethics for 2019 to a company that began in their home’s basement and grew into a leader in customer satisfaction and experience. All Travel Guru’s commitment to the community in Post Falls is showcased in their donations of trips for fundraisers that help Fire and Rescue, First Responders and Cancer Research. Their internship program has enriched the experience and knowledge of a student who has almost completed their Travel and Tourism Degree.
Precision Tax Relief, LLC believes success stems from principles and policies that put people first, beginning with its team and extending to their customers. As a recipient of the Torch Award for Business Ethics 2019 they are committed to creating new industry norms by consistently delivering the most transparent, caring and diligent tax services. Through this, Precision Tax hopes that when taxpayers discover this level of service is available, they will demand more from the industry and unfair practices will be driven from the marketplace.
Business of the Year (Spark Award)
The team at Arrottas Automax, LLC puts community first and that has led them to create an event that put them on the map here in Spokane and earned them a Spark Award. The Shine Fest, created by General Manager Tyler, helps clean up neighborhoods locally, mowing lawns and hauling trash for less fortunate communities. A huge sense of pride that Arrottas Automax, LLC has is being part of a wide variety of community events and fundraisers that keep dollars local.
New Beginnings began when its founder, Carey Donaldson, saw the need for compassion and expertise in tackling student loan debt. Congratulations to them on being a Spark Award winner. New Beginnings is built on a foundation that is very close to the standards of BBB which include honesty, truth and transparency. Safeguarding the information of their clients is a high priority and they have worked diligently over the last three years to establish a reputation as a business who is built on integrity, consistency and reliability.
“We are so honored to announce the Torch Award winners for 2019,” said BBB NW+P CEO Tyler Andrew. “This award represents ethical achievement and symbolizes the highest level of trust in the marketplace. These businesses truly deserve the spotlight for their dedication to these values.”
This year, nearly 300 businesses and charities were nominated for the Torch Award for Ethics. Each applicant goes through a meticulous application process that is then reviewed by independent, voluntary panels of judges comprised of community leaders.
Torch Award Finalists
• Bleeding Hearts Tattoo Emporium
• Woodworker Network
• Frost Me Sweet
• M. Campbell & Company
• Sandpoint Property Management Inc.
Visit www.trust-bbb.org/torch-awards to learn more about the awards.