The Ottawa Better Business Bureau (BBB) has honoured 5 local businesses for trustworthy business practices at a dinner reception held at the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre on November 8.
From the beginning, the BBB has sought to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between business and the consumer.
Now in its fifteenth year, The BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust “seeks to embody this tradition by promoting the importance of trustworthy business practices through integrity and performance but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our marketplace remains fair and honourable”, as stated by Diane Iadeluca, Ottawa BBB President and CEO.
Selected as winners of a 2011 BBB Torch Award were:
Bennett Real Estate Professionals Team – Keller Williams VIP Realty, Brokerage – PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CATEGORY
The Bennett Real Estate Professionals, Ottawa’s one of a kind real estate team, with Keller Williams VIP Realty, Brokerage, is based on exceptional service, leadership and industry leading practices. With a team of 24 sales representatives routinely going above and beyond the call of duty, the Bennett Pros have built a steadfast reputation for excellence in the nation’s capital. They service Ottawa’s buyers and sellers, as well as countless investors and developers. Turning this business into a one-stop-real-estate-shop has proven to be no small feat for the Bennett team, but a challenge which Marnie Bennett, Broker Keller Williams VIP Realty and her Pros enthusiastically take on.
Grand and Toy Limited – RETAIL CATEGORY
Grand & Toy’s mission is to empower and inspire Canadian businesses’ greatest resource – the talent, imagination and ingenuity of their workforce. Founded in 1882, Grand & Toy has evolved from Canada’s leading supplier of office products to its top source for complete business solutions. From office supplies, interiors, technology, and business imaging, to a host of professional services, Grand & Toy enhances office performance by providing tools and solutions needed to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Grand & Toy’s coast-to-coast network of 1,600 dedicated Associates offer the
resources, experience and insight to help Canadian businesses realize their full potential.
DS Plumbing – HOME MAINTENANCE CATEGORY
DS Plumbing is a family owned and operated plumbing business located in Nepean, established in 2003, which specializes in residential services, from complete renovations to a leaky faucet, no job is too big or too small. Owned by Dave and Wendy Smythe, DS Plumbing is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, community outreach, and supporting the Ottawa Humane Society.
OakWood Renovation Experts – HOME IMPROVEMENT CATEGORY
OakWood Renovation Experts is a family run business that has been proudly serving homeowners in the National Capital region for over 50 years. They began in 1956 when John Liptak Sr. used his specialized craftsman skills to create a renovation business that continues to this day under the OakWood name. To date they have completed over 5,600 quality renovation projects ranging from kitchens, bathrooms, attics, basements, solariums and sunrooms, and more. What distinguishes OakWood is an unwavering commitment to the highest quality and customer service standards. This is backed by exceptional planning, project management expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.
Windsor Home Cleaning – PERSONAL SERVICES CATEGORY
Windsor Home Cleaning started in 1978 as a response to the growing number of homes where both adults worked all day. Recognizing that households needed more support, Windsor Home Cleaning became the first organized service to offer regular cleaning to homes, not just in Ottawa, but in all of Canada. Their strength is in the character of their cleaning staff. Most have been loyal employees for several years; all are skilled, hard-working and honest. Above all, they really do care about their customers.
A keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Grete Hale - Philanthropist. Elliot Finkelman, CFRA host, served as emcee at the event.