Chamber accrediation

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce board members accepted recognition for 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. Courtesy photo

On June 6, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.

“Each day, chambers of commerce are working hard to put the American dream within reach of every hardworking business owner” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “The Accreditation designation tells chamber members as well as the greater business community, this is an organization that has effective programs, sound finances, and is a strong advocate for their interests.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take six to nine months to complete.

“At my first Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence training in February 2016, people from all across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas stood up and introduced themselves stating the name of their Chamber and how many stars they had,” Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center President and CEO Tia Rae Stone said. “I was frustrated because I had no idea what the stars were, much less how to get some for my community.”

But Stone learned about the process and began working toward US Chamber Accreditation and as many stars as she could lay her hands on immediately when she returned.

“We wrote or re-wrote every policy, procedure and strategic plan and documented everything along the way,” she added. “This would never have been possible without our strong board of directors and countless volunteers who have worked to strengthen and transform our Chamber into a top-notch professional organization.”

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either 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.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to business recognition, education and advocacy through dynamic programs and services. To learn more about the Chamber or any of its programs, call 512-352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org.

How prestigious is Accreditation?

According to information provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as of June 6, 2019 there are 214 Accredited Chambers of Commerce in the country. Out of a pool of 7,000 Chambers of Commerce, this represents the top 3 percent. There are 39 Accredited Chambers of Commerce in Texas.

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