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Monday, October 20th, 2008 by Evan Islam
Milwaukee, Wis. - The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Badger Basement Systems of Fort Atkinson has been named a finalist in the BBB's 2008 Business Ethics Torch Award.
In addition to Badger Basement Systems, the following Wisconsin companies were also named finalists (in alphabetical order): Action Organizing Services, Milwaukee; Alliant Energy, Madison; American Family Insurance, Madison; Appleton Group Wealth Management, Appleton; Children's Hospital and Health System, Milwaukee; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Southeast Wisconsin, Wauwatosa; Paul Davis Restoration of Fox Valley, Appleton; Pop-A-Lock of Milwaukee, Milwaukee; PyraMax Bank, Greenfield; Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee; State Collection Service, Madison; Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC), Madison; Tucker Family Construction, Brodhead; and Weather Tight Corporation, West Allis.
The businesses and charities were judged on their demonstrated excellence in ethical practices, service excellence, reputation, honest advertising, peer recognition, management practices and employee training in ethical behavior. Awards will be given in six categories, based on the size of the organization: 1-5 employees; 6-50 employees; 51-500 employees; 501 or more employees; charity with 1-50 employees; and charity with 51 or more employees.
Randall Hoth, president and CEO of the BBB, said, "The BBB is honored to shine a spotlight on Badger Basement Systems and all companies that have upheld the standards so necessary in the marketplace. I congratulate all of the finalists in the 2008 Torch Awards."
The finalists were judged by an independent panel of nine business ethics experts: Steve Barth, a partner with the Milwaukee law firm Foley and Lardner; Deborah Fugenschuh, current president of the Donors Forum of Wisconsin; Dr. Richard Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhardt Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Viterbo University in LaCrosse; Valerie Stefanich, co-owner of Stowell Associates / SelectStaff and a previous Torch Award winner; Dr. K. Praveen Parboteeah, associate professor at UW-Whitewater; Ron Kral, managing partner for Candela Solutions in Madison; Michael Troyer, a retired associate professor of business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and president of Strategic Management Associates; Dan Schroeder, president of Organization Development Consultants; and John Fons, who teaches business ethics at Marquette University and is a member of the American Bar Association's Sarbanes-Oxley Act subcommittee.
Winners will be announced at the BBB's annual Torch Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 15th at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. Registration begins at 11:30 am. The luncheon and awards ceremony will commence at noon. The cost is $50 for BBB accredited businesses, $65 for non-accredited businesses.
In a joint effort with SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business), the BBB will provide workshop options following the luncheon at a cost of $20 per person, free to paid luncheon attendees. Featured workshops are: Cost Effective Ways to Promote Business, Finding and Keeping New Customers, and Attracting and Retaining Good Employees. For reservations, contact Laurie Mentzer at 414-847-6082 or 800-273-1002.
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