The Cincinnati Better Business Bureau is making sure that local businesses are recognized for more than just growth and profits. The Torch Awards, presented nationally and internationally each year since 1996 and locally since 2001, recognize ethics and integrity in the marketplace.
Six 2007 award recipients were selected from a pool of 21 finalists, in categories based on size and non-profit/for-profit status. This year's Torch Awards went to Libertas Technologies LLC, Niceley’s Appliance Repair Inc., Alternate Solutions HomeCare, Natorps Inc., Joy Outdoor Education Center and Easter Seals Work Resource Center.

Steve Cole, president and CEO of the National Council of Better Business Bureaus, spoke at the Oct. 25 awards event, marking his first visit to Cincinnati.

The community nominates businesses in the 20 Tristate counties served by the Cincinnati BBB for the award, and non-profit organizations that have met all the Standards for Charitable Accountability are invited to apply.

An independent blue-ribbon panel of community leaders and professionals judges the nominees and selects the winners based on longstanding ethical behavior toward their customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and communities.