Unparalleled high standards of business ethics and integrity were the themes at the BBB’s 18th Annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. At the event, six local companies were honored with a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for their unsurpassed commitment to ethics and integrity.

The finalists included: RSVP Publications of San Diego, Aero Auto Repair (5-10), Dream Design Builders, Perry Plumbing (11-24), Coastal Payroll Services Inc., Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (25-99), Baker Electric Solar and BuyAutoParts.com (100-249).

BBB realizes, through, that businesses with such commitments are born because of the individuals internally that upholds these values. Therefore, in conjunction with the Torch Awards, BBB conducts the Torch Awards Scholarship program and offers cash scholarships to five local students who express the importance of ethics in the marketplace in outstanding essays. To be eligible for this scholarship, this year’s students must be a member of the graduating class of 2016 or 2017, attend an accredited high school and live in the San Diego or Imperial County. Evaluated by an independent panel of judges, this scholarship program has become extremely competitive and is a distinct honor for its winners!