May 8, 2023, Tyler -Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas (BBB) presented the televised production of the 2023 BBB Awards for Excellence , presented by Stonewater Roofing, Unique Home Care, Landmark Title, Texas Bank and Trust, Income Solutions Wealth Management, Pets and Friends, LLC and Henry and Peters, CPA. The program aired on Sunday on KLTV.
BBB presented the BBB Awards for Excellence to six companies and one nonprofit organization who display honor and integrity in all aspects of their operations; toward their employees, vendors, customers, and within their community.
“The Better Business Bureau has been helping to create healthy communities for over 100 years. We do this by contributing to a robust and healthy marketplace by supporting trustworthy organizations and ethical businesses practices and by directing consumers to companies whose goal it is to do the right thing,” Mechele Agbayani, President and CEO of BBB Central East Texas said. “The BBB Awards for Excellence brings recognition and celebrates East Texas businesses and charities who also support BBB core values, and who go above and beyond for their employees, their clients, and their communities.”
Thirty-one organizations were nominated for the 2023 BBB Award of Excellence.
The nominees for the Small Business Category were:
Dream Maker Bath and Kitchen
Proforma Horizon Total Source
Time Machine Spas
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Small Business Category is SidNetworks
The nominees for the Mid-Sized Business Category were:
Cut up Debt, LLC
Gecko Pest Control, LLC
The Mortgage House,
Spartan Exteriors, LLC
Steamatic of East Texas, Inc.
Tyler Pediatric Dentistry
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Mid-Size Business Category is Cut Up Debt, LLC.
The nominees for the Large Business Category were:
East Texas Refrigeration Company,
Hibbs Hallmark & Company,
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Large Business Category is East Texas Refrigeration Company
The nominees for the Veteran-Owned Business Category were:
Kelly’s Tattoos, LLC
Peter G. Milne, P.C.
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Veteran-Owned Business Category is Kelly’s Tattoos, LLC.
The nominees for the Minority-Owned Business Category were:
The Hispanic Business Alliance
Peace of Mind Overnight Home Childcare
JGA Blanks, LLC
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Minority-Owned Business Category is Bobaloompia.
BBB also presented the BBB Spark Award. The Spark Award honors eligible social entrepreneurs, startup founders and new business owners who cultivate the Three C’s of Trust: Character, Culture and Community. Business owners under the age of 35 or who have businesses which are fewer than three years old are eligible.
This year’s Spark Award nominees were:
The recipient for the BBB Spark Award is Mosquito Hunters
The nominees for the Nonprofit Category were:
East Texas Food Bank
For the Silent
United Way of Smith County
The recipient for the BBB Award for Excellence in the Nonprofit Category is East Texas Food Bank
This year’s sponsors this year include: Stonewater Roofing, Unique Home Care, Landmark Title, Texas Bank and Trust, Income Solutions Wealth Management, Pets and Friends, LLC and Henry and Peters, CPA.
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ABOUT BBB®: The Better Business Bureau has empowered people to find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust for over 110 years. In 2022, people turned to BBB more than 250 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on about 25,000 charities, all available for free at BBB.org. The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States and Canada. BBB Central East Texas opened their Tyler office in 1985 and serves 19 counties in East Texas.
BBBs are private, self-regulatory agencies that seek the voluntary cooperation of business. When illegal practices are uncovered and the business refuses to cooperate with the BBB, the matter is referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Also, BBBs have close working relationships with governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, with consumer protection agencies, and the State Attorneys General.