Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland
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Baltimore, MD 21201 
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News Release
For Immediate Release
BBB Honors Five Maryland Companies for Ethics at 100th Anniversary Celebration

Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland recently announced the 2017 recipients of its Torch Awards for Ethics during the organization’s 100 th anniversary celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Winners of the Torch Awards for Ethics include the following Maryland companies: Comfort Plus Services , Federalsburg; Hague Quality Water of Maryland , Annapolis and Ocean City; ProMD Health , with local offices Timonium and Annapolis, and Brothers Services Company , with headquarters in Hampstead and showrooms in Timonium and Columbia. The finalist for the prestigious award was Next Step Baltimore .

“Recognizing these remarkable businesses, while celebrating BBB’s 100 years of service in Maryland, made for a truly inspirational evening,” said Angie Barnett, president and CEO, BBB. “Each Torch Award honoree demonstrates a conviction to make strategic, ethical decisions that cement their relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and their community.”
Nearly 200 business leaders, including members of BBB’s board of directors, attended the harborside event. Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce, Mike Gill, presented BBB’s leadership with a Citation from Governor Larry Hogan marking its 100 years of helping Maryland businesses and those who buy from them.

The centennial celebration guests boarded The Pride of Baltimore II for tours and photographs, dined on oysters on the half shell and other fine Maryland fare. ABC2 Anchor, Jamie Costello, emceed a program highlighting the past, present and future of BBB. The celebration included a champagne toast, and cutting of a BBB-themed cake created by the nationally acclaimed Charm City Cakes. Startup Maryland, brought their STRT1UP Roadshow, a state-wide tour in recognition of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovative startup ventures, to the centennial celebration and giving BBB Accredited Businesses an opportunity to pitch plans for growth. 

BBB’s Torch Awards for Ethics program is the non-profit organization’s premier, public recognition of businesses that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles. The annual award embodies BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust. 
--- About BBB serving Greater Maryland ---
Headquartered in Baltimore, BBB serving Greater Maryland is a non-profit organization celebrating its 100th year serving the area. BBB is supported by Accredited Businesses that have passed a comprehensive review, met BBB's Standards for Trust and agreed to the organization's Code of Business Practices governing sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. For more information please contact your BBB at 410-347-3990 or visit

Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland was recently named Best Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Provider according to a 2017 poll conducted by The Daily Record.  
Angie Barnett
President & CEO
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Jody Thomas
VP Communications & Marketing
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