The Cincinnati Better Business Bureau's 2006 annual Torch Awards recognized 22 businesses and non-profit organizations in the Tristate for their commitment to marketplace ethics and basic values such as truth, integrity, honest competition, fair play and truth in advertising. "The Torch Award encompasses the spirit and tradition of the BBB unlike anything else," says BBB President Jocile Ehrlich.

Recipients were chosen by a distinguised panel of independent judges, and feted at a gala evening at Music Hall.
Cincy Business asked the winners to share their feelings about being honored, and the meaning of the Torch Awards.
More information about the awards and the 2007 nominations process is available at

Bachman's Inc.
We were able to research how our founder instilled his core beliefs in the company by publishing and practicing a code of ethics as early as the 1950's. It was enjoyable learning about the history and reflecting how the company started. In today's society we stress profits and growth, and tend to leave out ethics. There is no doubt that profits and growth are important, but we feel we can achieve those two goals while maintaining ethics and integrity. We believe in the long run ethics and integrity should steer the company in all decision-making ...

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