Two businesses are recipients of the 2011 Connecticut Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. New Haven-Based Materials Testing Inc. was recognized for its outstanding practices in the Business to Business category. Sippin Energy Products of Monroe received the prestigious award in the Business to Consumer category. The awards were presented at Connecticut BBB’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony November 10, 2011.
Connecticut Better Business Bureau President, Paulette Scarpetti, noted both businesses embody highest ethical standards, and set an example of best business practices.
“The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics recognizes businesses that go far beyond standard marketplace practices, and serves as a reminder to consumers that there are companies that strive to create an environment in which businesses and consumers can trust each other.”
A senior from Shelton High School received the Connecticut Better Business Bureau 2011 Student Ethics Award and Scholarship. Shelton resident Kristina Meyers was selected from among entries from across the state for personifying high ethics demonstrated through her core values of integrity, respect and diligence. Kristen was chosen by an independent panel of judges to receive a scholarship of $2,500 to be used at an accredited college or university of her choice.
This award annually recognizes high school students who personify high ethical standards through leadership, community service, overall academic history and personal integrity.
Connecticut BBB also handed out its annual Awards for Marketplace Excellence in three categories: Employee Superior Service, Business/Consumer Education and Excellence in Website Marketing Message.
Three winners were selected for the 2011 Award for Excellence in Website Marketing Message: financial services firm Wealth Management Group of NA, LLC. of Farmington, mattress retailer Saatva Inc. of Westport and Darien-based general contractor Stephen C. Gidley. The award recognizes businesses that use ethical and informative websites as tools for their products, services and industry.
Wealth Management Group of NA, LLC also won the 2011 Connecticut Better Business Award for Excellence in Business Consumer Education. Honorable mentions in that category went to Arnone Building and Remodeling, Inc., headquartered in Bethany, and Middlefield’
Employees from two businesses shared the 2011 Employee Superior Service Award: Ginger Crotta from Companions and Homemakers in New Britain, and in Middlefield, Amy Henderson and Ashley Zalweski from Jessica’s Color Room.
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.
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