The Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas will present the BBB Awards for Excellence during it annual luncheon and awards ceremony on Wednesday.
The sold-out event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 5701 S. Broadway Ave.
In addition to presenting the BBB’s year-end review, BBB will present the Awards for Excellence to two companies that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations — toward their employees, vendors, customers and within their community. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges.
“The mission of the awards program is to promote both the importance of ethical business practices and the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure our marketplace remains fair and honorable to everyone,” BBB President/Chief Executive Officer Mechele Agbayani Mills said. “Today more than ever, it’s necessary that we spotlight and celebrate companies in our region who operate with integrity in all aspects of their operations.”
The 2013 nominees are Anderson Custom Landscaping; AutoGlass Express; Bagley Tractor and Equipment; Custom Pool Designs; Design Center Signs; French Peas Flower Shop; Ganache; Jennings Scrap and Salvage Company; Martinez, CPA; Proforma Horizon Total Source; Quality Air Conditioning; Sartain Lock and Safe; Stanley Steemer of East Texas; and Strategic Fulfillment Group.
The recipients will be announced at the luncheon, as well as two college-bound seniors who are chosen for the Student of Integrity Video Scholarship program. It recognizes students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through their creative talents in creation of a 30- to 60-second video, as well as their overall personal integrity and academic history.
“We have developed the Student of Integrity Award as a way to focus on ethics with young adults who are on the cusp of their careers, planning their post secondary education and focusing on future goals,” Ms. Mills said.
The first-place winner will be awarded a $2,000 textbook scholarship to an accredited college or university, and second place will be awarded $1,000. The BBB Education Foundation accepts donations year-round for the scholarship.
Ms. Mills said 100 tickets were sold to the luncheon.