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Better Business Bureau®

About the Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

Our mission is to create an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. One of the ways we do this is by recognizing marketplace role models. 

Better Business Bureau’s annual Torch Awards for Ethics honor organizations and individuals that demonstrate excellence in the marketplace, a higher level of character and a commitment to community. Selection is made from a variety of applications from the Southeast Texas region by a team of judges. 

Recipients recognized under our Torch program:
  • Torch Awards For Profit: Large, Medium and Small
  • Spark Award, a Torch Award for Millennial Entrepreneurs
  • Student of Integrity Scholarship Program 

6.10.21   Beaumont Civic Center   6pm

Join us for a night of entertainment, dining and celebrating local Southeast businesses, entrepreneurs and students. 


Online Auction
Bidding open now through June 10th at 8pm! 

VIP entry/reception
Available for select sponsors. 

5:30pm - enjoy early entry with access to photobooth, sangria punch and Tex Mex favorites chips, salsa and queso! Enjoy some fun as magician and comedian, Curt Miller mingles throughout!

TX BBQ and favorites provided by Rockin' A Cafe


Live Auction 
Packages coming soon!

Announcing and recognizing the winners of Torch, Spark and Student of Integrity 2021. Due to last year's circumstances, 2020 winners will also be invited to the stage.

Business Casual to Casual (your best Texas flair welcomed) 

A premier event for Southeast Texas businesses!

Table Sponsorships starting at $750
Individual Tickets: $85 each

Beaumont Civic Center: 701 Main Street, Beaumont, TX. 77701. Parking and Entry on the side by the Beaumont Children's Museum. 

Proceeds from this event benefit BBB's Southeast Texas Consumer Education Foundation that funds our Student of Integrity Scholarship program.

2020 Recipients
Medium Business: G&G Enterprises Construction Corp. 
Small Business: A-1 Peterson Plumbing
Nonprofit: Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas
Spark: Rebekah Maxwell, ReStep Marketing
Student of Integrity: Elizabeth Johns of Orange and Whitney Gipson of Newton

Honorable Mention:
Medium Business: American Air Systems
Nonprofit: Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Spark: Brooke Bellanger, Spruce Barbershop

Meet the 2020 and Past Torch Awards for Ethics Winners


The criteria for this award is based on community involvement and Better Business Bureau’s core values: excellence, integrity, teamwork, trust, respect and community involvement.

This award is given to business leaders (35 years and younger) that demonstrate a higher level of character, generating a culture that is authentic about its mission, and connect with community

Student of Integrity:
The scholarship program awards seniors in high school who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, overall personal integrity, and academic history a $2500 scholarship.

*All applications are judged by voluntary, independent panel of judges. 

In lieu of 2020’s dinner and in-person fundraising event, BBB celebrated Torch throughout the month of August with a series of recognitions, presentations, and an online auction. Most of the celebration took place on our Facebook page.

2020 Presenting Sponsors:

Online Auction Sponsor:
Video Sponsor:
Media Sponsor: 

Special Thanks To:



American Air Systems - Baptist Hospitals - Edgar, Kiker & Cross  -
Hancock Whitney - Regina Rogers 

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