Anyone starting out in the chamber industry can turn to the following resources for assistance.
Institute for Organization Management, a U.S. Chamber Foundation program, is the premier professional development program for chamber executives. Programs are held for one week each year at five U.S. college campuses, and Institute curriculum consists of four increasingly advanced, consecutive levels of study. Participants attend classes on the latest trends and techniques in chamber management taught by industry leaders, academics, and consultants. Class size is limited to enhance the learning experience and foster peer interaction. Call l 202-463-5570, or email IOM@uschamber.com.
The U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. To achieve Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in it’s operations and programs, including governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take three to six months to complete. The ﬁnal rating, Accredited, 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star, is determined by the accrediting board, a panel of U.S. Chamber members. Accreditation is open to all chambers that have been operating for three or more years. Chamber members receive a discount on their application. For more information call 202-463-5560.
American Chamber of Commerce Executives is a professional association designed to help management personnel in their career development.
For program information and materials, visit www.acce.org or call 703-998-0072.
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