As the year winds down and organizations look back at their accomplishments over the last 12 months, take this opportunity to look ahead to 2014. What will set your chamber apart? As you plan for the coming year, choose to augment your chamber’s successes by applying for Accreditation.
Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor. In addition to ensuring that a chamber is continually improving, Accreditation is a way to recognize strong leadership and significant contributions to the community.
Money well spent
Becoming Accredited lets members know their investment enforces sound financial practices and impactful programs and services. Chambers accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have demonstrated competency in the following nine core areas: Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Program Development, Technology, Communication, Facilities, and Benchmarking. This program defines excellence in chamber planning and performance by providing a rigorous self-analysis tool, and is the only program of its kind that recognizes chambers for not only meeting, but exceeding industry standards.
Accredited chambers take their mission seriously and it shows. More than 60% of ACCE’s Chamber of the Year recipients have been Accredited. It is a designation that has been recognized by Governors and local businesses, and Accredited chambers garner earned media for their achievement.
Nobody should have to go it alone
Everybody can learn from others who have been successful. Whether you are a new chamber president or a long-time chief executive, the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation program is an invaluable resource for updating policies and staying abreast of best practices in the chamber industry.
As 2013 draws to a close, resolve to strive for excellence in the year ahead by becoming an Accredited chamber. Contact Ali Ehrlich to begin the application process.