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Pittsburgh, PA – December 29, 2011 – Next Level Purchasing, Inc., a provider of online training & certification for purchasing professionals, has been awarded the 2011 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania.

The BBB Torch Award program is open to all for-profit companies (accredited and non-accredited businesses) who are located in the 28 county service area of Western Pennsylvania. Companies were evaluated against criteria that included commitment to and demonstration of ethical practices in the marketplace; high standards of behavior toward customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and the communities in which they do business; long-term value of ethics policies to shareholders, customers and employees; and training and communications programs to assist employees in carrying out established ethics policies.

As a winner, Next Level Purchasing “clearly demonstrates superior character on a daily basis and consistently exceeds marketplace standards for ethics in its relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which it does business,” said Warren King, President of the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania.

“Ethics and integrity is of paramount importance to Next Level Purchasing as we not only operate with high ethical standards, but our clients – mid-size and large businesses – trust us to teach their employees how to do business with their suppliers ethically and profitably,” said Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2 – the President and Founder of Next Level Purchasing, Inc. “It is a true honor to win the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards as there is no name more synonymous with business ethics than the BBB.”

Among its many ethics-related initiatives, Next Level Purchasing released an Express Course in 2011, “15 Rules for Ethical Supplier Interaction,” to help all clients’ employees that interact with suppliers do so in a way that meets the highest standards for business ethics.


NLPA President Charles Dominick and BBB of Western PA President Warren King pose with the NLPA's Torch Award
NLPA staff pose with the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
A banner awarded to the Next Level Purchasing Association for their receipt of the BBB Torch Award
An upclose shot of the engraved glass BBB Torch Award















About Next Level Purchasing

Next Level Purchasing is a leading provider of online training & certification for purchasing professionals. Its training includes the globally-recognized SPSM® and SPSM2® Certifications for world-class supply management success. Its services enable organizations to lower costs, support operations, and reduce risk by improving purchasing processes and expanding the capabilities of supply management organizations. Visit Next Level Purchasing at: www.NextLevelPurchasing.com.


Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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