Nominate an ethical business for a Better Business Bureau award

News Graphic Staff

Aug. 27, 2019

CEDARBURG — The Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin is now accepting nominations and online applications through Feb. 1, 2020 for both the Wisconsin Torch Awards for Ethics and BBB Spark Awards.

BBB urges everyone to nominate a deserving Wisconsin business who demonstrates strong, ethical business practices. Businesses and nonprofits of any size throughout Wisconsin are eligible to be nominated and apply.

The annual Torch Awards for Ethics were created to honor ethical Wisconsin companies and nonprofits who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify excellence in business practices. These organizations build trust among their employees, customers and their communities by advertising honestly, remaining transparent and honoring their promises.

The 2019 Wisconsin Torch Award recipients include JF Lopez Roofing, Michael F. Simon Builders, SITE Staffing, Kelmann Restoration, Willy Street Co-op and Make-AWish Wisconsin.

In its fourth year, the BBB Spark Awards recognize social entrepreneurs, startup founders and new business owners that embody the Three Cs of Trust: Character, Culture and Community. A business is eligible to apply of it has at least one business owner under the age of 35. New for 2020, businesses are also eligible if they are less than three years old in operation under a business owner of any age.

The 2019 Spark Award recipients include Renters Warehouse Milwaukee, Miss Molly’s Cafe and Pastry Shop and Szymik Affordable Auto.

Recipients of the 2020 Torch and Spark Awards will be recognized at the annual Torch Awards for Ethics luncheon on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

Anyone can nominate a business or a non-profit for a Torch or Spark Award. To nominate, apply, or to find more information, visit or contact Amy Kutka at or 414-847-6068.