Accreditation In The News

Below is a selection of media samples featuring chambers and their elite status as an Accredited chamber.

June 2018

Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce earns 5-Star National Accreditation
Wyoming Business Report
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their recent accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce received a 5 Star accreditation and is among the top Chambers in the Nation.

Paducah Chamber of Commerce Receives 5-Star Accreditation   
WKMS
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is recognizing the Paducah Chamber as one of the nation’s top one percent of all member organizations.

U.S. Chamber Awards Five Local Chambers with Accreditation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting earlier this month, awarded accreditation to five chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

March 2018 

The News Port Arthur

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation, honoring it as one of the top 1 percent chambers nationwide.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting today, awarded accreditation to 13 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
 

November 2017

North Country Chamber awarded top accreditation
The Sun
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced that the North Country Chamber of Commerce has once again been accredited at the highest level of five stars. The Accreditation Program of the U.S. Chamber is designed to define and assess excellence among Chambers of Commerce nationally. 

Chattanooga Chamber lands 5-star citation
Times Free Press
U.S. Chamber touts local business group's work in education, diversity, development. 

Business FYI: Chamber's five-star accreditation renewed 
Tulsa World 
The Tulsa Regional Chamber recently had its five-star accreditation renewed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, placing it as one of 112 organizations out of more than 7,000 chambers around the country accredited at the five-star level.

Chamber offers five-year plan for getting Omaha to ‘preferred future’
Omaha World-Herald 
The chamber said it earned a five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the top rating based on policies, organizational procedures and community impact.

The Chamber gets 5-star accreditation
KNOX News Radio 
The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded The Chamber of Commerce of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. 

Kentucky Chamber becomes one of four in nation accredited with distinction
The Lane Report 
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in November became one of five state chambers to be accredited, and one of four to be accredited with distinction, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber accreditation is judged on the following areas: governance, finance, human resources, governmental affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities and benchmarking. Overall, there are 7,000 chambers of commerce in the United States, and only 205 are accredited by the U.S. Chamber. According to the U.S. Chamber, the chambers that are accredited are considered the top 3 percent of all chambers in the United States.

Chamber earns elite 5-star ranking
Press Republican
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has again accredited the North Country Chamber of Commerce at the highest level of five stars. The Accreditation Program of the U.S. Chamber is designed to define and assess excellence among chambers nationally. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate that it meets a number of standards with regard to organization, finances, staffing and programs. Accredited chambers are then also awarded one to five stars in recognition of their performance. The five-star level is "reserved for those with exceptional effectiveness in areas such as government affairs, economic development, business support services and economic leadership in their communities," according to a news release from the North Country Chamber. 

Newsmakers
Tulsa World 
“Five-star accreditation is rare,” said McLaughlin, “and it signifies an ongoing commitment to process development and improvement. We work hard every day to be good stewards of the resources we manage, and to deliver strong results, and this reaccreditation affirms our efforts.”

U.S Chamber accredits 16 local chambers
American Security News
From its hub in the nation’s capital, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently accredited 16 chambers of commerce nationwide for their strength of policy and procedure, recognizing benefits afforded to their respective communities.

June 2017

Chamber gets 4-star status
Bedford Bulletin
The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has been granted 4-Star Accredited status with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for the third time in a row. The Chamber must reapply for accreditation every five years and has maintained this status for the last 10 years.

Aurora chamber receives 5-star accreditation
Chicago Daily Herald
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.The Aurora chamber was first accredited in 2007 with four-star distinction. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber awarded the chamber with five-star status. The renewal in 2017 marks the second straight accreditation review that the chamber has received the top distinction.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce accredits six local chapters
American Security News
Calling entrepreneurs’ right to be heard critical to their business climates’ future, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it granted accreditation to six local-level chambers based on their strong policy, efficient process and positive community relations. The U.S. Chamber’s official certification system ranges from three to five stars for local chambers, while state-level chambers are rated as accredited or accredited with distinction. In each case, the ranking is decided by the accrediting board, a panel of U.S. Chamber board members and CEOs from chambers across the nation.

Abilene Chamber of Commerce has Received Accreditation from United States Chamber of Commerce
Big Country
The Abilene Chamber of Commerce has announced it is now an accredited Chamber of Commerce .The Abilene chamber's accreditation was recognized by the U.S. Chamber Accreditation Program, which facilitates continuing excellence in the chamber industry and fosters pro-business environments. The process for application is an arduous one, requiring thorough examinations of all chamber practices, policies, programs and procedures.

 

March 2017

Rockwall Chamber earns prestigious Four Star Accreditation
Blue Ribbon News 
The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business After Hours event March 30 to make an important announcement to its members and the entire business community – the Chamber has earned Four Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This prestigious designation means that Rockwall Chamber has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering quality programs, practicing sound organizational procedures, effective communications and reliably contributing to positive change in the community. There’s nearly 7,000 Chambers in the United States, and there’s only 195 with this designation, and your chamber – the Rockwall Area Chamber – is one of those 195, putting us in the top three percent,” said President Dana Macalik.

Bristol Chamber awarded third consecutive 5-star accreditation
Bristol Herald Courier
The atmosphere was celebratory at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Wednesday when CEO and President Beth Rhinehart announced that the chamber earned its third consecutive 5-star accreditation. Every five years, chambers must apply for the accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce, and this year’s distinction makes the chamber the oldest accredited chamber in Tennessee and the second oldest accredited in Virginia, chamber officials said.

Bristol Chamber again wins 5-Star Accreditation
Bristol Herald Courier
The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce earned its third consecutive 5-Star Accreditation—making it one of the 105 chambers in the nation to have earned the distinction. Beth Rhinehart, CEO and president of the Bristol Chamber said the accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local community.

Flint & Genesee Chamber earns 4-Star Accreditation 
The Davison Index
The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. U.S. Chamber Accreditation defines standards of excellence in chamber planning, and recognizes individual chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. “The Flint & Genesee Chamber’s 4-star designation is a recognition of its commitment to strong business practices, community leadership, free enterprise and pro-growth policies,” said Ali Ehrlich, Director of Operations for Political Affairs & Federation Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Notably, the Chamber has established itself as an advocate for its business community and was recognized for its Genesee Regional Chamber Political Action Committee, Moving Flint Forward Leadership Summit, Flint Sprint initiative and Small Business Assistance Forums.”

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance receives top accreditation for third consecutive time
WSLS 10
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has again earned the highest accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business advocacy organization. 5-star accreditation is the highest distinction possible. Of the 7,000 chambers of commerce in America, less than 3 percent earn accreditation at either a basic level (no stars), 3-star level, 4-star level, or the coveted 5-star level and only 195 chambers are accredited. As a 5-star recipient, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance ranks in the top 1 percent of all chambers of commerce in America. Revealing its longstanding commitment to excellence on behalf of regional businesses and economic development. The Alliance first earned basic accreditation over four decades in 1973. But recently, the Alliance has been at the top of the heap, earning 5-star accreditation in 2006, 2011, and again now. The Alliance literally has hit the trifecta of excellence!

Charleston Metro Chamber receives 5-star rating from national office
Palmetto Business Daily
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently received a 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is the highest level of accreditation given to a Chamber, validating our work and value for both our region, our local communities, our economy and our members," Bryan Derreberry, president and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber, said.To achieve a 5-star accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of program development, technology, governance and government affairs. 

Charleston Metro Chamber Earns U.S. Chamber's 5- Star Accreditation
Palmetto Business Daily
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has been awarded 5- star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.The U.S. Chamber announced the accreditation of 13 chambers of commerce, including the Charleston Metro Chamber, at its board meeting earlier this week.“We are thrilled to hear that the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has earned the much distinguished 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce!” said Bryan Derreberry, president and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber. “This is the highest level of accreditation given to a Chamber, validating our work and value for both our region, our local communities, our economy and our members."

Kalispell Chamber Receives Top Accreditation Honor
Flathead Beacon
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce with one of its top honors, recognizing the local organization for its effective structure and positive impact on the Flathead Valley.

Kalispell picks up top chamber of commerce rating
KPAX 8
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce with a 5-star accrediation rating.

 

November 2016

Greater New Haven Chamber earns 4-star accreditation
New Haven Register
The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is in some heady company, earning a four-star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in four areas, according to officials with the national business organization, which is based in Washington, D.C. Those four areas are governance, program development, government affairs and technology.

Chamber receives national accreditation
Cleveland Daily Banner
The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce received an early Christmas present this year. After a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded them with Accredited status. This prestigious honor puts them among the top 3 percent of chambers nationwide.

Hampton Roads Chamber awarded 5-star accreditation by U.S. Chamber
Inside Business
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded 5-star accreditation Thursday to the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, which also announced at its annual meeting it has rebranded itself as the Hampton Roads Chamber. The top tier accreditation is the highest accolade awarded to chambers of commerce. Of the approximately 7,200 chambers in America, only about 100 have achieved 5-star status, said Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads organization.

Aiken Chamber's 5-star comes as no surprise
Aiken Standard
We hear David Jameson's tagline often, "If you're lucky enough to live in Aiken, you're lucky enough."  We smile, give the witty quote a moment's pause of reflection and continue on with our day, but we are lucky enough, and we do appreciate it.  The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce remained among the elite when it received U.S. Chamber of Commerce accreditation at the highest level, 5-Stars.

Owatonna Chamber again receives top accreditation
Owatonna People's Press
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has been named one of the top such organizations in the country.  The chamber announced last week it has received five-star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce, the highest level of recognition for a local chamber entity.

Rapid City home of elite, 5 star Chamber of Commerce
NewsCenter1 TV
The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce a 5 star accredited status.

Chamber earns, renews accreditation
Ventura County Star
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce again gave the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce the highest accreditation rating available, five stars, in renewing its accreditation until Dec. 31, 2021.

Greater Conejo Chamber keeps five-star status
Thousand Oaks Acorn
Last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce again awarded the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce the highest rating available, five stars, in renewing its accreditation through Dec. 31, 2021.

Conejo Chamber Wins Accreditation Honor
San Fernando Valley Business Journal 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has renewed the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 5-star accreditation rating until 2021, the chamber announced on Friday. The classification is the highest bestowed on the nation’s chambers.

North County business chamber gets 5-star accreditation
The San Diego Union-Tribune
An organization that represents more than 800 businesses in North San Diego County has received a 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Getting the 5-star distinction for the first time, the North San Diego Business Chamber joins 1.5 percent of the nation’s 7,022 chambers that have the ranking.

Rapid City Chamber recognized
Rapid City Journal
The United States Chamber of Commerce this week awarded the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce with Accredited status, according to a news release.

Naperville chamber recognized for community contributions
Chicago Daily Herald
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has received 5-Star Accreditation from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

U.S. Chamber Awards 16 Local Chambers with Accreditation
U.S. Chamber Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting today, awarded accreditation to 16 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

 

 

June 2016

Community Impact Newspaper
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce was designated an accredited, three-star chamber by the Accrediting Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June, a designation which recognizes organizations for their policies and procedures.
 

Congratulations to the Salt Lake Chamber
Utah Pulse 
Congratulations to the Salt Lake Chamber, which recently received a five-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce earns four star accreditation
Opelika Observer
During its annual meeting, the Opelika Chamber of Commerce received four-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, making it one of 10 cities in the country to receive such high recognition this year.

Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Jackson Hole News & Guide 
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is now among the select few chambers in the nation honored with a five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Salt Lake Chamber Receives Five-Star Accreditation
Utah Pulse
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 awarded accreditation to the Salt Lake Chamber for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact within in the state of Utah.

U.S. Chamber Awards 3 Local Chambers with Accreditation

March 2016

Business Record
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce was awarded a 5-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective .
 
Arkansas Online
The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce achieved 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
Houma-Terrebonne chamber earns five-star accreditation
Daily Comet
The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce earned five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
Opelika Auburn News
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized the local organization this week with four-star accreditation, making it one of 10 chambers in the country to receive accreditation this year.
 

Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Earns 4-Star Accreditation 
KRWG
The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has been awarded with 4-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce, according to Troy Tudor, Interim President and CEO, Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Billings Chamber earns top national accreditation
Billings Gazette 
The Billings Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday it has once again earned its five-star accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.