"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
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?
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.
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
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
Browse the links below for details about the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Stay up to date on the latest chamber industry news, trends and best practices with ACCE's online magazine and resources. Gauge your chamber’s performance against the industry by using ACCE’s Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking tool. Access the industry’s largest library of sample documents and policies. When you are in a pinch, the AskACCE
team is one click away to answer questions and provide assistance.
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.
The largest annual gathering of people who work for and with chambers of commerce. The ACCE Annual Convention offers unmatched opportunities for learning, connecting, and growing in your chamber career. Learn more.
Leverage ACCE’s international network of more than 9,000 chamber professionals to share knowledge and learn about emerging trends and innovative chamber ideas. Our community peer groups provide chamber CEOs an opportunity to connect with leaders from similar community types and sizes. ACCE divisions are organized by job function to provide staff professionals an opportunity to connect and learn from their peers in membership; events; finance; government relations; economic development; workforce development and diversity, equity and inclusion.
ACCE provides customized consulting, training and strategic facilitation to member organizations, boards of directors, staff and community groups. Guided by the nine influences of the Horizon Initiative, ACCE, can help you build and achieve your goals.
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.
|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? Email Anissa Starnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.