The Waldman Smallwood Law Firm was named winner of the BBB Torch Award for Workplace Ethics at the May 15 annual dinner.Carl Waldman, firm founder, is second from left.

The Waldman Smallwood Law Firm of Beaumont was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau's 2007 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics.

The firm received the award in the Small Business Category at the BBB of Southeast Texas 10th annual awards presentation banquet on May 15 at the Beaumont Civic Center, according to a press release.

Founded by Carl Waldman and Charles Smallwood in 1957, the law firm specializes in personal injury claims and over the past 50 years has grown to include four offices, including a principle office on Dowlen Road and one in downtown Beaumont, an office in Nederland and one in Houston.

Winner of the Large Business Category was Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

The BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. made a $15,000 contribution to continue funding endowed Better Business Bureau College of Business scholarships at Lamar University, bringing total contributions for the past 10 years to $100,000.

Ron Wheeler, Store Director for the Wal*Mart Supercenter in Beaumont, also received this year's recognition as the "Friend of the Bureau." Howard Putnam, author and former CEO of Southwest Airlines and Braniff International, was the keynote speaker.

Finalists for this year's awards included Anderson Ford Mercury in Cleveland and Star Graphics, Inc. of Beaumont and Lake Charles in the large business category.

Beaumont Travel Consultants, Inc. of Beaumont and Copy & Camera Technologies in Beaumont and Lafayette were finalists in the small business category.

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