Havasu High Student Wins Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Contest

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) has proudly awarded five scholarships to high school students in Greater Arizona for their winning essays on “The Importance of Character and Ethics.” Held annually, the contest encourages students to write an essay about doing the right thing when they are faced with an ethical dilemma. This year’s scholarship program was sponsored by Swiss America and Valley of the Sun-Camelback Kiwanis Club.

2021 Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Winners:

  • First Place of $1,500: Dylan Caton from Lake Havasu High School
  • Second Place of $1,250: Sonya Colattur from Xavier College Preparatory
  • Third Place of $1,000: Ella Hamer from BASIS Scottsdale
  • Fourth Place of $750: Joan Isabelle Walton from Xavier College Preparatory
  • Fifth Place of $500: Landen Patrick Knutson from Heritage Academy Gateway

First place winner Dylan Caton shared how integrity is more than a one-time action; it’s a way of living.

“People will always make mistakes, but owning up to your wrongdoing is what counts. It is never easy to give up a piece of dignity, but making that decision is the most valuable step in leading a life with strong moral principles,” said Caton.

Gary Sneed, Desert Financial Credit Union Sr. V.P. and Chief Lending Officer, acknowledged that educational expenses continue to rise for students; so they surprised each of the five winners with an additional $1,000 scholarship to help them soar.

To learn more about the Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship program, and to read the winning essays, visit scholarships.bbbcommunity.org. Applications for next year’s scholarship will open on January 1, 2022.


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BBB Pacific Southwest Announces Lineup for Industrious Women’s Summit

Ticket sales now open for annual women in business event

Women are rising to the top in male-dominated industries, but continuing this charge calls for the support of like-minded professionals. To provide valuable connections for women, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) is hosting its 4th Annual Industrious Women’s Summit (IWS) on August 20.

The virtual event will feature interactive discussions on professional growth to empower female business owners and employees. The keynote will be delivered by Gloria Feldt, a New York Times best-selling author and feminist leader who has gained national recognition as a social and political advocate of women’s rights.

The agenda encompasses a roster of over 20 inspiring women speakers who are experts and leaders in their industries, from organizations like LOVE Painting Company, CPR Construction Cleaning and Weld Like a Girl™. Session topics include Succeeding in Male-Dominated Industries, Digital Marketing Tips for Female Entrepreneurs, Unlocking Positive Values, Women in Construction and Building a 21st Century Workforce. Attendees will select various tracks to customize their needs and interests through Whova, an event management platform.

Tickets are on sale at iws.bbbcommunity.org for $20 for BBB Accredited Businesses and $30 for guests. A limited quantity of Industrious Leader Packs are available starting at $45 and include an event ticket and IWS memorabilia . For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact tierra.terry@bbbcommunity.org.

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BBB: Ethical Essays Sought for Student Scholarship Contest

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to Arizona high school students in graduating classes 2022-2025, residing in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma Counties. The Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Contest requires students to submit a 400-word or less essay on the topic of “‘The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in the Community”. There is no cost to enter. This year’s scholarship program sponsors are Swiss America, Inc. and Valley of the Sun Camelback Kiwanis Club.

“At Swiss America, we stand by the adage of ‘Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.’  It is never too early to introduce this concept to our youth and future community leaders.  That is why we have been a proud sponsor of the Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship for the last 7 years and we stand with BBB to support ethics in business and integrity in life,” shared Bronwin Barilla Vice President/Treasurer of Swiss America Trading Corp.

The deadline to submit applications is October 10. Five scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,250 and $1,500 to help students pay for tuition and fees. Winners will be recognized at the annual BBB Torch Awards for Ethics celebration on November 17. BBB’s scholarship contest is part of the 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics which honors companies that demonstrate ethical business practices throughout operations, internally and to consumers.

Applications are accepted at torchessay.bbbcommunity.org. To request a paper application or for more details, email scholarships@bbbcommunity.org.

BBB: Military families and veterans more likely to lose money to scams

Service members, military spouses and veterans all reported higher likelihoods of losing money and higher median dollar losses to scammers, according to the 2020 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. The study published by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB Institute), analyzes scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker. Veterans reported a median loss of $133, military spouses reported a median loss of $132, and active duty service members reported a median loss of $269 – all of which were higher than the $115 median loss reported across all consumers in 2020.

“Historically, we’ve seen higher median losses reported by the military community,” says Melissa Trumpower, BBB Institute Executive Director. “2020 was the first year, however, that we also saw higher rates of military consumers losing money to fraudsters.”

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The loss reported across all consumers was 46.4%. Veterans reported a slightly higher loss at 46.8%. Military families reported the highest loss at 50.8% for military spouses and 59.7% for service members.

“The biggest factor contributing to these higher likelihoods of loss across the board was the increase of online purchase scams and scams perpetrated online in general,” says Trumpower. 

Online purchase scams were the riskiest scam for service members and veterans but the riskiest items purchased online were pets and pet supplies. The riskiest scam for military spouses in 2020 was employment scams. This included flexible, work-from-home opportunities found online that often involved fake check or reshipment scams. In the BBB Pacific Southwest region, online purchase and employment scams topped the list reported by active duty military and veteran consumers, with a total of just over $180k combined loss in 2020, according to BBB Scam Tracker. 

“We continue to work with our partners to combat scams that target the military and share prevention messaging through BBBs serving communities throughout North America,” Trumpower said. To learn more about BBB’s Military and Veterans Initiative, visit BBB.org/Military.

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KNTR Talk Hosts in Top 4 of “Talkers Heavy Hundred”

KNTR Talk has the first four of the Top 5 talk shows in the
2021 Talkers Magazine Heavy Hundred!!

Congratulations to Sean Hannity, who held onto the #1 slot.

That’s why KNTR 106.3 – Voice of the Free – is also “The Talk of the Tri-State.”
Thanks for helping to make us the most listened to Talk Radio station
in the Tri-State area!!

For the complete 2021 Talker Heavy Hundred list, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to our hosts who also made the list!!

2021 Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest Announces 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists

22 Greater Arizona companies honored with esteemed recognition

Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) proudly announces 22 Greater Arizona companies as finalists for the 2021 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. The event is sponsored by Desert Financial Credit Union and raises awareness in marketplace ethics and recognizes businesses that operate with the highest levels of integrity.

BBB Torch Awards for Ethics is one of the highest honors BBB bestows upon a company and is designed to highlight outstanding ethical businesses. The following finalists completed an evaluation where they demonstrated their commitment to ethics and trust in four categories: Character, Culture, Customers and Community.

“Honesty builds trust, which is a vital aspect in the success of a business. For 19 years, BBB has been recognizing outstanding companies in Greater Arizona for their solid commitment to doing things the right way,” said Shelley Bradley, Director of Signature Events for BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest.

“This esteemed award recognizes business leaders who demonstrate a superior level of character and ensure their organization’s practices meet the highest ethical standards, thereby generating trust,” continued Bradley.

2021 Greater Arizona BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists:

Category 1: Employees 1-5

Category 2: Employees 6-10

Category 3: Employees 11-50

Category 4: Employees 51-149

Category 5: Employees 150+

Five winners, one from each category, will be announced at the in-person signature event on November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Finalists, winners and judges will also be celebrated through a visual digital campaign on BBB’s social media channels. For a complete list of this year’s BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalists visit torchawards.bbbcommunity.org.

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