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Founded in 1914 by 50 chamber administrators who met in Cincinnati, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) began as the National Association of Commercial Organization Secretaries (NACOS). "Secretary" was a common term for a chamber executive back then. NACOS was headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had 176 members. Ten years later membership exceeded 1,000. In 1948 NACOS officially became the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, and in 2014 ACCE was renamed to better describe its mission and character: the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Today, ACCE is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and represents 1,300 chambers of commerce that employ more than 15,000 people.

Visit our centennial website for more chamber history, profiles, and fun facts.

For more information about chambers of commerce and ACCE, check out the video below celebrating ACCE’s centennial.


ACCE members may download and display this video as they please.

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