EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Nominate your business or charity for an award

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is now accepting entries for the 2013 Torch Award.

The award recognizes companies and charities committed to ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers and communities. Applications are due, along with all supporting documents, before 5 p.m. Nov. 29.

While BBB Accreditation is not a requirement, companies must have been in business for at least three years and have earned at least a ‘B’ rating with BBB to be considered.

Benefits for winners include: free press and publicity, a feature story in BBB’s newsletter, special promotion on BBB’s website, inclusion on BBB’s Voice Response System, presentation of a Crystal Torch Award for permanent display and use of the Torch Award Logo

For help applying or to nominate a business, please contact mwojciechowski@raleigh.bbb.org, or visit torchaward.org for additional information.

In other news...

* Moving on up: The BB&T at 130 Applecross Road in Pinehurst has promoted Tonia S. Wright to vice president. Wright, who joined the bank in 1994, is a Sanford native who earned a bachelor's degree in business with a certificate in trust management from Campbell University.

* Vendor opportunity: As the new school year starts up, Lee County Schools is seeking bids to supply its beverage and snack vending machines. The request for proposal is available at www.lee.k12.nc.us, and bids/quotes must be submitted by 12 p.m. Sept. 27 either in person at the district's central office or via email to Jim Atkinson at jatkinson@lee.k12.nc.us

* Bank merger and shareholder payout: First Citizens Bank and 1st Financial Services Corporation announced a merger agreement Wednesday. The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter of 2014, subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval of 1st Financial Services Corp. shareholders. Under the agreement, common shareholders of 1st Financial Services will receive $2 million, and the U.S. Treasury will receive $8 million in order for 1st Financial Services to exit from the federal TARP program.

* An alarming development: North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the federal government awarded North Carolina $303,500 worth of grant funds to support fire prevention and safety initiatives. That will include the distribution of more than 15,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to communities throughout the state, plus special alarms for individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss.

* Business fluctuations: In the past week, three news corporations formed in Lee County — Central Electric Member Care Trust, JAM Internet Enterprises and TORRESS INOVATIONS — and none were dissolved or suspended.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.