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IQ Inc. was named as a finalist for the 2007 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award in the Small Business Category (less than 250 employees) by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. This award is presented annually to honor local companies who demonstrate a commitment to ethical business practices. A number of factors were taken into consideration when selecting the recipients of the PBEA, including everyday operations, management philosophies and responses to crisis or challenges. Other nominees for this category included Courtesy Suzuki and Metropolitan Window Company; Henne Jewelers was named the winner for this category.Â
The 2007 awards marked the seventh annual presentation of the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards (PBEA) by The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Sponsors included: the University of Pittsburghâ€™s Katz Graduate School of Business and Berg Center for Ethics & Leadership, KDKA and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The recipients for 2007 were presented with their awards at the special luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Friday, February 15th.
Barbara VanKirk and IQ Inc. employees pictured at the 2007 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. was awarded the 2008 Marcus L. Ruscitto Fellowship by the Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. The fellowship will contribute tuition funds towards Ms. VanKirkâ€™s participation in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence class which she was invited to participate in.Â
The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation was established as a legacy to Marcus L. Ruscitto, co-founder of Pittsburgh based technology company Stargate.net Inc. The foundation provides scholarship assistance for promising young people and support services for aspiring entrepreneurs, along with investments in local charities and communities programs throughout the area. The goal of the foundation is to nurture innovation, leadership and compassion with the energy for which Marcus was so well known (http://www.marcusruscittofoundation.org/).