Do you know what BBB accreditation means to your bed and breakfast? Better Business Bureau Accreditation is an honor – and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet their high standards are invited to join BBB. Businesses deemed to meet Accreditation Standards are presented to the BBB’s Board for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business.
BBB ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. They exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. BBB provides educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.
BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.
The BBB Code of Business Practices represents sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. The Code is built on the BBB Standards for Trust, eight principles that summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in business.
1. Build Trust
Establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace.
2. Advertise Honestly
Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling.
3. Tell the Truth
Honestly represent products and services, including clear and adequate disclosures of all material terms.
4. Be Transparent
Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business, and clearly disclose all policies, guarantees and procedures that bear on a customer’s decision to buy.
5. Honor Promises
Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations.
6. Be Responsive
Address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally, and in
7. Safeguard Privacy
Protect any data collected against mishandling and fraud, collect personal information only as needed, and respect the preferences of customers regarding the use of their
8. Embody Integrity
Approach all business dealings, marketplace transactions and
commitments with integrity.
Each bed and breakfast, whether BBB accredited or not, has a rating. The BBB letter grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, your grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about your bed and breakfast despite their requests for the information.
BBB assigns letter grades from A+ (highest) to F (lowest). In some cases, BBB will not grade your business (indicated by an NR, or “No Rating”) for reasons that include insufficient information about a business or ongoing review/update of your business’ file.
BBB Business Reviews generally explain the most significant factors that raised or lowered a business’ grade. BBB grades are not a guarantee of a business’ reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business’ grade in addition to all other available information about the business grading elements.
BBB grades are based on information in BBB files with respect to the following factors:
1. Business’ complaint history with BBB.
2. Type of business.
3. Time in business.
4. Background information on business in BBB files.
5. Failure to honor commitments to BBB.
6. Licensing and government actions known to BBB.
7. Advertising issues known to BBB.
Bed and breakfast owners, if you are unsure if you have a BBB grade, look up your own name in the BBB directory to see what your file says. If there are any unresolved complaints, you can contact your local BBB to resolve any issues with your BBB Standards. It is best to be on good terms with the BBB. People do consider a business’ BBB grade. You can apply for membership by contacting the nearest BBB location if you are not already a member.