Membership for chambers of commerce

Improve the performance at your chamber of commerce through ACCE membership

"Don't tell anyone, but you guys are losing money on me. I get WAY more out of you than I’ve ever paid for. You never cease to amaze. And I'm grateful."
—Doug Peters, IOM, CCEO-AP, President/CEO, Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Abilene, TX

What is ACCE?

Established in 1914 by 50 chamber administrators, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) today includes more than 7,500 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 metro areas in the U.S. The combined membership of ACCE chambers exceeds 1.2 million businesses. Members look to ACCE for best practices, industry trends, corporate partners, networking, and new ideas to advance the interests of their communities. Why Join?

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Why join?

ACCE provides tools, resources, information and important connections, all of which help you develop programs and events, create marketing plans, motivate your members, deepen community involvement and, along the way, make your community a more competitive place to do business. You and your team will be more effective, and your chamber will do more and better work that will benefit your members and your community.

"Good morning and WOW! The new Membership Drives page is an incredible resource. Huge thanks for taking the time to put it together. I know it will be very much appreciated by membership professionals all over the country."
—Elli Bowen, Membership Manager, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Kan.

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What do you get?

Join and you'll get products and services that every chamber can use, but many don't have. For example, our online samples library features pdfs and Word files of other chambers' publications, marketing brochures, event plans and timelines, and internal documents such as job descriptions and policies on staff and CEO bonuses. A new service, Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking (DCB), is based on data ACCE collects on chamber salaries and operations. DCB provides instant charts and graphs comparing your chamber to others of similar size. And these are just a sample of what ACCE membership offers.

“ACCE is a central part of our chamber’s success.  ACCE’s research, demographic and benchmarking information, webinars, connections with similar sized chambers, and the resources available from HERO are invaluable."
—Joyce Waugh, CEcD, President, Roanoke (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Joining also provides opportunities for personal growth and building your own peer network. We encourage you to be active within your association. You and your chamber will benefit—especially when you get involved. You can request help from a mentor or be a mentor yourself; you can serve on various boards and committees that provide input to ACCE staff; you can help develop education sessions for ACCE's annual convention or editorial ideas for the award-winning Chamber Executive magazine. There are opportunities for involvement for everyone. Choose one to get started!

"The ability to meet, know, and converse with those in similar positions— folks with new or better ways to think, execute, and solve issues— is the highest value ACCE provides. I am grateful for their time and talent, but the groundwork for this came from my ACCE relationships."
—Tim Sheehy, CCE, President, Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce

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For more information…

Browse the links below for details about the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.


100 years of ACCE history: ACCE members may freely use this five-minute video on their web sites. This link takes you to two videos and a slide deck on ACCE’s strategic plan.

Help, Expertise and Resources Online

Our information and resource hub is referred to as HERO (help, expertise, resources, online). Here you'll find thousands of samples (for inspiration and research), topic pages (Chamberpedia), Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking and more.

Employee benefits

ACCE offers high-quality and affordable employer-sponsored retirement and insurance plans, including a 401(k)/Profit Sharing Plan, a 457(b)/Deferred Compensation Plan, and a set of group insurance plans you can find here.

100 years

ACCE celebrated its centennial in 2014. Visit our centennial web site for interesting perspectives on chambers of commerce in the last century.

ACCE Annual Convention

The largest annual gathering of people who work for and with chambers of commerce is planned for July 14–17, 2019 in Long Beach, California. The ACCE Annual Convention offers unmatched opportunities for learning, connecting, and growing in your chamber career. Sign up today to become an #ACCE19 Insider, and mark your calendar for the 2019 ACCE Annual Convention.

Chamber Executive

Chamber Executive is ACCE's award-winning, quarterly magazine. View the latest issue here.

Certification and recognition

Up your game with letters after your name. ACCE globally-recognized certification for chamber of commerce professionals: Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). Our awards programs recognize excellence in overall chamber management, communications projects and membership sales.

"I’ll be recommending to my replacement that he get to know the ACCE staff quickly. ACCE is terrific and has been so helpful. A pleasure getting to know and work with you."
—Ambassador James C. Oberwetter, CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber

Join now! There are several ways you and your team can be part of the chamber movement.

Please note: membership in ACCE is provisional pending board approval.
Click here to download the membership brochure.
For more information, contact Tamara Philbin at 703-998-3533 or

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Category Gross Total Revenue Investment
Category 1 less than $300,000 $470
Category 2 $300,000 but less than $500,000 $779
Category 3 $500,000 but less than $750,000 $1,112
Category 4 $750,000 but less than $1,000,000  $1,632
Category 5 $1,000,000 but less than $1,250,000 $2,016
Category 6 $1,250,000 but less than $1,500,000 $2,287
Category 7 $1,500,000 but less than $1,750,000  $2,843
Category 8 $1,750,000 but less than $2,000,000 $3,337
Category 9 $2,000,000 but less than $2,500,000 $3,609
Category 10 $2,500,000 but less than $3,000,000 $4,128
Category 11 $3,000,000 but less than $4,000,000 $4,598
Category 12 greater than $4,000,000 $4,845

*ACCE membership investments are based on your reported total revenue from your last completed fiscal year, including all income from non-dues revenue, sponsorships, special events, etc.
If you receive government funds, we ask that you count only 20% of these funds towards your total revenue.

Join ACCE today by completing the membership application

Joining is easy, and you can access ACCE's services every hour, every day during your membership year. Membership in ACCE is tentative pending board approval. Questions? Call 703-998-3533 or email Tamara Philbin at

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