Two local businesses win BBB awards

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

The BBB Torch Awards were presented at a dinner at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, attended by nearly 200 area business leaders Jan. 30. 

Russell’s Cycle & Fitness, 10 Valley Forge Plaza, and Peoria Siding & Window Co., 203 Eastgate Drive, were two local winning businesses.

Russell’s Cycle & Fitness and Peoria Siding & Window Co. competed against other like-sized businesses in three categories, said Bonnie Bakin, president and CEO of the Central Illinois Better Business Bureau.

The winning businesses were selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of area business leaders.

“The winning companies were deemed to exercise integrity and consistently meet very high standards in their relationships with customers, employees, vendor/suppliers, industry peers and our community,” Bakin said. 

Caroline Jabson of CT Gabbert Remodeling & Construction in Peoria (owned by East Peorian Chuck Gabbert) was named recipient of the Jeff Bell Customer Service Award. Jeff “Bubba” Bell died in 2006. He worked at Coleman Printing for 24 years and was a long-time supporter of the BBB.

For the second year in a row, the Partners in Trust award was presented to the Journal Star. Each year, the BBB relies heavily on the local media to provide educational materials, scam alerts and warnings to the entire community.

Jim Maloof Realty was the winner of the 2008 Truth in Advertising Award. This award was given to a company that best personifies the BBB’s mission of promoting honest and ethical advertising in the marketplace.

Nominations were received from employees, customers and vendors recommending companies throughout Central Illinois. Winners of this event will participate in the 2009 Better Business Bureau’s International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics program.

The Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding business to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honorable for all Americans. Companies do not need to have a full-scale ethics program in operation in order to compete. They simply need to demonstrate that they meet the judging criteria. 

The mission of the Better Business Bureau system is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education and service excellence.