March 26, 2012 -- St. Paul, MN -- In the midst of their Centennial Celebration, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has relocated. After over 45 years in St. Paul -- twenty-two years at its location on Gannon Road -- the BBB moved their offices to Burnsville on March 26. They now occupy the former Farmers Insurance building near the intersection of Highway 13 and 35W, at 220 S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville, 55337.
"Symbolically, as we mark our centennial, we're very excited about the prospect of a new beginning," said Dana Badgerow, President and CEO of the BBB. "And though it certainly saddened us to leave St. Paul, we feel our new offices better suit our current and future needs and will help us grow into a new century."
The BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota is proud to be known as "the first BBB" in the world. Its roots trace back to 1912 in Minneapolis, when local business leaders banded together to promote truth in advertising, forming a "Vigilance Committee" of the Minneapolis Advertising Federation. This was the genesis of the Better Business Bureau, and a century later, the BBB is still supported by civic-minded business people.
The Better Business Bureau has maintained offices in St. Paul since 1965. In 1975, the BBB rented space in the Midway area of St. Paul after the Minneapolis and St. Paul BBBs merged. At a BBB Board Meeting in the late 80's, Board Member Jim Lupient, an auto dealer and real estate entrepreneur, proposed that the BBB should buy a building, stating, "The Better Business Bureau has been in operation for 75 years. It's time our Board moves to buy a building where it can better serve our customers and member businesses." In 1989, the BBB purchased and moved into a building in the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul.
"Burnsville is a vibrant city and we look forward to becoming part of that community," said Badgerow. "We'll still remain closely tied to Minneapolis-St. Paul, where our roots lie, and we will continue to serve all of Minnesota and North Dakota."
An open house and Grand Opening will be held later this spring. The BBB's old office building at 2706 Gannon Road is currently up for sale.