On April 23rd, 2019, five local businesses were honored for their integrity at the Better Business Bureau’s annual Torch Awards Luncheon held at the downtown Des Moines Marriott. The event hosted nearly 200 guests and was emceed by KCCI news 8 anchor, Stacey Horst. The Torch Awards were established in 1993 as one of Iowa’s premier business awards aimed at giving public recognition to local companies for their commitment to fair, honest and ethical marketplace practices.
The 2019 Torch Award Business Honorees were: Ankeny Mini Storage, CJM Financial Inc. in Ankeny, Golden Openings Inc. in Urbandale, NCMIC & Professional Solutions in Clive and Savannah Homes from West Des Moines.
Business recipients were chosen by an independent panel of volunteer community leaders.
Sponsors for this year’s event were, Des Moines Truck Brokers, Willis Automotive, EMC Insurance, Merrill Lynch, MidAmerican Energy Company, American Equity, KCCI News 8, Bankers Trust, CIPCO, Hy-Vee, Landmark Companies, Rasmussen Group, Bell Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, FirstCall, Gilcrest/Jewett, Kenwood Records Management, Lumbermans Drywall & Roofing Supply, Palmer Group, Principal, Strategic America and UnityPoint Health.
For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.