BBB seeks award nominees

By John North - Contributing columnist

Get the new year started out the right way by recognizing an organization that is doing stellar work in our community. Nominate a local business or nonprofit for one of the Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Awards. When you think of the organizations you do business with or support, there are likely many that come to mind that have made you a raving fan and you recommend to your friends and family. You could even nominate your own.

The public is invited to nominate organizations by visiting or calling 937-610-2292. The deadline to nominate an organization other than your own is Feb. 1. The deadline for self-nominations is March 1. (If you’re self-nominating, review the nominating procedures on your BBB’s website,, or contact your BBB for the complete nomination form.) Note: the guidelines for nonprofits have been enhanced for the 2018 competition.

Eclipse Integrity Awards will be presented to organizations for demonstrating trust and excellence in the marketplace. There are four award categories for businesses based on the number of employees. BBB also has two award categories for nonprofits, which are also based on the number of employees. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at the Eclipse Integrity Awards dinner, May 8, at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center, 444 W. Third St., Bldg. 12, Dayton.

Nominated and self-nominated businesses and nonprofits are invited to join BBB as it hosts several free seminars to help organizations put together winning entries. At each seminar, the nomination process will be discussed in detail. Attendees will have the opportunity to review past winners’ entries. And, past winners will be on hand to share how they tackled putting together their entries. Two seminars are scheduled for 2018: Jan. 17 and Feb. 8. Both will be at the BARRYSTAFF Community Room, 230 Webster St., Dayton, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 937-610-2270.

The Eclipse Integrity Awards are sponsored by many local organizations, including The Dayton Power And Light Company; WesBanco Bank, Inc.; WDTN-TV; Cox Ohio Media Group and iHeart Radio.

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley is one of 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico. BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley serves seven and half Ohio counties, including Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and northern Warren counties. Your Dayton-based BBB is unique in that it provides business solutions and consumer services in specialized areas to other BBBs, businesses and consumers. It remains focused on the Miami Valley, but through these key products and services, it is an international organization.

By John North

Contributing columnist

The writer is president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Dayton.

The writer is president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Dayton.