BOZEMAN — Last week, the Better Business Bureau announced the 2019 Torch Awards for Business and Charity of the Year.
Edible Arrangements in Bozeman won the Spark Award, which recognizes new businesses around the state that promote integrity and trust-building with customers in the community.
Edible Arrangements is a franchise that specializes in creative fruit baskets that make for tasty gifts.
The winner of Charity of the Year went to Warriors and Quiet Waters, a non-profit organization that takes combat-wounded veterans or those struggling with traumatic brain injuries on fly fishing trips across the state.
“What we're looking for is the same things we are looking for when we credit businesses. So these are businesses that are acting with integrity every day,” said Hannah Stiff, marketplace manager with the Better Business Bureau.
“If a consumer has a complaint, these businesses are responding. They're advertising honestly every single day, so what you see portrayed in an advertisement is what you get when you walk into that business for service,” she added.
This year, almost 300 business and charities were nominated for the Torch Award for Ethics.
“Most importantly, they tell the truth. Frankly, that's one of our highest core values at the Better Business Bureau, that these businesses and charities tell the truth about what they do and they treat their customers well.”
Hi-Line Service and Hydraulics out of Culbertson won Montana's Business of the Year. They provide semi-truck and trailer repairs, as well as auto and diesel repairs.
You can learn more about Warriors and Quiet Waters or donate to the organization at its website.