You lived to manage your finances, carve your corner of the market, find your customers, and tell your stories. And now you are a business owner! Congratulations from everyone at Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB)!
Small business owners have a unique opportunity to become BBB certified and set themselves on a path to success. After all, you were passionate about your dream. Your product is out there, and your community is enriched by it. And assuming doing what's best for your customers and community is your priority, now's the perfect time to start thinking about BBB certification.
BBB builds trust, promotes integrity, and stands up for what's right for our entire community. This starts with setting standards for ethical business practices.
What is BBB certification?
BBB certification demonstrates a company's commitment to integrity, ethics, and market.
best practice. This includes a process that considers how the business operates ethically and with integrity.
When a company applies for certification, it is reviewed to determine how well it meets the BBB's certification standards. If you run a business and can answer a resounding “yes!” to the following questions – you would be an excellent candidate for certification:
- Is your business run ethically?
- Are you conducting business with integrity?
- Is your business advertised honestly?
- Is your business trusted by consumers?
While there are other qualifying factors, these questions represent the core values of BBB's mission and vision. Once your application is approved, your company will be welcomed into a trusted community and become “BBB Certified.” You are invited to display the BBB Trust Seal on your website, store, or advertising. Additionally, these businesses will be listed as “certified” in his BBB Directory on BBB.org and will be granted access to BBB's exclusive business tools and resources as long as they maintain certification.
Preparation for application procedure
The first eligibility requirement is that a company must have been in business for at least six months to apply for BBB certification.
This requirement is in place to help companies establish a track record. When a new brand reaches his six-month mark, he has the opportunity to see the business plan in action, manage the customer experience, and generally tackle the challenges of staying open. All of these measurables will be considered during the post-application verification process.
If you are a new business owner approaching or already past 6 months, review how you meet the BBB accreditation standards and eligibility requirements before applying and: Documents can be collected.
- Business License (for all states in which you operate)
- Financials indicate at least 6 months of operation
- business plan
- Professional licenses needed for your industry
- Tax ID number specific to your business' service area
BBB Trust Seal: It is signs of better business! In a market saturated with companies competing for customers, BBB certification gives consumers confidence that they are dealing with an ethical and vetted business. Apply for BBB certification and show your customers that you operate with integrity and integrity.
BBB encourages businesses to operate with integrity and helps consumers make smart decisions in the marketplace. Our innovative approach to business growth gives companies and entrepreneurs the tools they need to build better businesses. Become BBB Accredited and join our mission to build a community of trust.
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About the Better Business Bureau serving the Pacific Southwest
For more than 110 years, the Better Business Bureau has helped people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2022, people visited BBB more than 250 million times seeking his BBB business profiles on more than 5.3 million companies and charity reports on nearly 12,000 charities. All of these are available for free at BBB.org. The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for local independent BBBs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Locally founded in 1938, BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest serves Arizona and Southern California and provides critical tools to accelerate success, including mentorship, online products, coworking, and access to capital. doing. Our objective expertise educates the community about ethical behavior in the marketplace and how companies can build trust.