Business Digest for 7/3/13
Dover Rug earns multiple Readers Choice Awards
Dover Rug & Home has been named "#1 Choice for Carpet/Flooring Store" in Natick, "Silver Award for Carpet/Flooring Store" in the region and "Honorable Mention for Home Decorating Store" in the 2013 Readers Choice Awards. More than 400,000 Wicked Local GateHouse Media local community newspaper readers and online visitors voted in the annual Readers Choice Awards competition in more than 75 categories. All votes were cast this past January and February and tabulated by an independent data processing firm. "This is the 11th year that we’ve received the Readers Choice Awards, and it is still thrilling and an honor to be recognized by the Eastern Massachusetts community in this way," said Mahmud Jafri, CEO of Dover Rug & Home. For more information, visit doverrug.com.
Marlborough mall to host Mustang Car Club event
The Solomon Pond Mall hosts the Mustang Car Club of New England’s 29th annual Mustangs & American Iron Summer Round-up with more than 200 cars in the parking lot between Sears and Regal Cinema for viewing pleasure on July 21. Trophies will be awarded to the top-scoring Mustangs and American Iron Autos. There will be door prizes and more. Show car registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m., club judging of show cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. participant voting on 2012 and 2013s from noon to 2 p.m. and awarding of trophies from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The rain date is July 28. The mall is at 601 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough. For more information, visit mccne.com.
USAA earns high consumer trust ratings
Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, USAA has earned the most trust from its customers. In the third annual Temkin Trust Ratings of 246 companies across 19 industries, two of USAA's business areas —insurance and banking—topped the list of companies. USAA's credit card business was also ranked sixth. The other companies in the top 10 of the ratings are credit unions, Publix, H.E.B., Amazon.com, Trader Joe's, Charles Schwab and Sam's Club. Not all companies have earned their customers' trust. HSBC earned two of the bottom three spots for its credit card and banking businesses. TV service providers and Internet service providers dominate the bottom of the ratings, collectively taking 10 of the bottom 15 spots. The other companies in the bottom 15 are US Airways, CareFirst and T-Mobile. Temkin Group is a Waban-based customer experience research and consulting firm. For more information, visit TemkinGroup.com.
EPA honors American Lung Association
Nine organizations and individuals in Massachusetts were recently honored at the 2013 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They were among 28 recipients across New England recognized for their significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem-solving. The merit awards allow EPA to recognize individuals and groups whose work has protected or improved the region’s environment in distinct ways. Given out by EPA annually since 1970, the merit awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts. Receiving the Environmental, Community, Academia, & Nonprofit Organizations Environmental Merit Award was the American Lung Association of the Northeast in Waltham. The association "is committed to the goal of tighter air quality standards leading to improved lung health and more lives saved," the EPA stated. "Over the past four years this organization has successfully put in place three significant programs to update wood stoves in western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. These programs give wood stove owners a chance to exchange dirtier, less efficient wood stoves for new EPA-certified wood stoves, or pellet or gas stoves. … These programs improve air quality and provide an economic benefit to retailers."