news_bbbThe Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia proudly announced that it has awarded Sellier Design First Runner Up in the Community Service category at its 2009 Torch Awards. The Marietta-based graphic and web design firm was singled out for the numerous donations and contributions that the company makes to area charities and non-profit organizations.

Each year, the BBB honors companies of excellence and integrity at its Torch Award Luncheon. The purpose of the annual Torch Awards is to highlight BBB accredited companies that have distinguished themselves in Community Service, Marketplace Ethics or Customer Service. Companies are judged in four size categories by individuals outside of the BBB of Metro Atlanta who have a particular interest in ethics in the marketplace.

Sellier Design placed First Runner Up in Community Service category I for those companies that have fewer than ten employees. Emerald Data Networks, Inc. was the Community Service category I winner.

“It’s very nice to get recognition from a respected organization like the Better Business Bureau,” acknowledges Kriston Sellier, Sellier Design’s President and Creative Director. “What I am most proud of though, is having a staff of professionals who are all active in finding ways we can, collectively and individually, lend a hand to neighbors who could use a little help.”

The Torch Award judges were particularly impressed by the time, energy and expertise that Sellier Design invested in the pro bono work for Cobb Christmas, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families of Cobb County during the holiday season. Sellier Design redesigned their existing website, purchased new photography and programmed the new website all at no cost. The Sellier team also donated 10 stockings full of toys to the annual toy drive.

Sellier Design’s Marketing Coordinator, Richard Castelo, sees the logic in applying the company’s specific talents to local causes. “We feel that it is very important to give back to the community that we live and do business in through the donation of time and money, but also through our unique capabilities as designers.” Kriston Sellier adds that the Cobb Christmas project was a great example of how everyone can utilize their own skill sets to give back. “Cobb Christmas gives such a high percentage of its donations to the people who really need it. The significant funds that would normally have to be diverted to the creation of a website, can go directly to providing holiday food and gifts to children who would otherwise go without.”