The Better Business Bureau held its 15th Annual Torch Awards at East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport, Oct. 31 honoring 26 nominees in the Shreveport/Bossier market.
Guest speaker was Teddy Allen, Louisiana Tech writer – University Communications, and the event was emceed by Sonja Bailes, public relations liaison for Bossier Parish Schools.
The awards were presented to four different categories, Integrity Award (businesses that maintain a solid commitment to ethical business practices); Customer Commitment Award (business with outstanding customer service programs); Good Neighbor Award (businesses and employees who play a significant role in their support and involvement in local charities); and Not-For-Profit Award (non-profit organizations that have positively impacted the communities of Shreveport/Bossier and other surrounding parishes).
BBB recognized three finalists in each of the categories:
- Winner of the Integrity Award was Basinger Family Dentistry. Other finalists in this category were Career Adventures and Lee Michael Fine Jewelry.
- Winner of the Customer Commitment Award was Educator Alexander Consulting. Other finalists in this category were Morgan Tool & Supply and Murray’s Auto Group.
- Winner of the Good Neighbor Award was Barksdale Federal Credit Union. Other finalists in the Good Neighbor category were Origin Bank and Shreve Memorial Library.
- Winner of the Not-For-Profit Award was Providence House. Other finalists were Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier, Renee’s Run and Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana.
Also recognized at the luncheon were BBB Scholarship recipients, Carmencita Coniglio, LSU Shreveport; Corbin Phillips, Bossier Parish Community College; Charles Edward Wilson, Jr., Southern University – Shreveport; Gin Pau, Centenary College; Thomas Celles, Northwestern State University and Josie Bush, Louisiana Tech University.
The profits from the Torch Awards will continue to be used to establish BBB scholarships to assist business majors pursuing an MBA.