WASHINGTON, D.C. — At its board meeting last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the Accreditation designation to six chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
“When chambers of commerce earn the distinction of being Accredited, it truly is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, Federation Relations and IOM. “This designation recognizes the positive impact these organizations have had within their communities, and it honors their commitment to continuing to serve local businesses. From connecting small business owners with needed resources, to advocating on behalf of their region with lawmakers, these chambers convene thought leaders to strengthen the collective voices of their members.”
The U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program facilitates continuing excellence in the chamber industry and fosters a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
Local and regional chambers are rated “Accredited,” “Accredited with 3 Stars,” “Accredited with 4 Stars,” or “Accredited with 5 Stars.” State chambers are rated “Accredited State Chamber,” or “Accredited State Chamber with Distinction.” The final determination is made by the accrediting board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members, and chamber CEOs from across the country.
The following chambers of commerce received accreditation:
Accredited with 3 Stars
The Chamber Gadsden & Etowah County (Gadsden, Alabama)
Accredited with 4 Stars
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (Sarasota, Florida)
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce (Greensboro, North Carolina)
League City Regional Chamber of Commerce (League City, Texas)
Accredited with 5 Stars
Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce (Bristol, Tennessee)
SWFL, Inc. (Bonita Springs, Florida)