United Services Disaster Restoration's staff

United Services Evolves To Serve Victims Of Disasters

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Brad and Dinah Weston started United Services in 1988 as a contracting business. Early on, they began to gravitate toward disaster restoration and for a while did so as a franchise business, says Jim Rable, the Westons’ son-in-law and now president of the business. The company adopted the name United…

Helitech strikes deal

Helitech Builds On Vision Of Faith, Family

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Jason Courtney started mudjacking in high school, when his dad and a partner began a concrete leveling business as a part-time endeavor in 1987. He went to college with plans to become a doctor. But after he finished college, his father asked him to work for the business for a…

Emmaus Homes

Emmaus Homes Helps Disabled Adults Live Fuller Lives

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Emmaus Homes has been serving adults with developmental disabilities for 123 years, but that doesn’t mean it takes an old-fashioned approach to their care. Once known as a provider with large residential facilities, the organization now emphasizes community-based housing that helps clients meet their goals for living a full life.…

Shock City Studios

Shock City Studios Thrives By Striving For Perfection

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Doug Firley was a keyboard artist and producer for Gravity Kills, a 1990s industrial rock band that had contracts with two major record labels when the band went on hiatus in 2003. After that, he asked himself, “What next?” Firley had worked as a recording engineer and producer while in…

Businesses Give To Charities, Gain In Relationships

By Bill Smith Still in its infancy, BBB’s Gain by Giving program revolutionizes the way businesses and charities partner with one another in the St. Louis region. The two-year-old program – which brings BBB Accredited Businesses together with BBB Accredited Charities – continues to bring together people in a way that mutually benefits the businesses,…

Khorassan Room.

BBB TORCH Awards Honors Companies, Charities, Students

BBB St. Louis 2016 TORCH Awards drew a crowd of more than 400 to the Khorassan Room of the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Room on Thursday, Oct. 27, to honor companies, charities and students with exceptional ethics and service to their customers, communities, employees and other stakeholders. Dennis Lower, president and CEO of Cortex Innovation Community,…