Chambers of commerce are recognized each year for outstanding marketing and communications work through ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program.
ACE submissions are meticulously reviewed by judges – peers from the ACCE community – who select a limited number of entries to be named as award winners. Volunteer judges select Best in Show, Grand Award and Award of Excellence winners.
Three tiers of Communications Excellence awards are presented each year.
Best in Show
Three awards presented; selected from Grand Award winners.
Best in Show winners in each category will be announced July 15, 2019, at the #AwardsShow during the ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. Winners will be called to the stage to receive their award.
12 awards presented; finalists for Best in Show awards
Grand Award winners will be announced in June. Winners will be called to the stage to receive their award on July 15, 2019, at the #AwardsShow during the ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. Winners will also be recognized in the awards program distributed that evening.
Awards of Excellence
A limited number of Awards of Excellence presented; winners are selected from submissions of each entry type, from each category. Award of Excellence winners will be announced in June and recognized in the awards program distributed on the evening of the #Awards Show during the ACCE Annual Convention.
Each entry is organized and reviewed based on category (annual budget) and entry type (advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital, publications).
An organization may submit multiple entries in a category (four categories listed below). For instance, a chamber can submit its website and a member video as Digital entries. However, the submissions may only be entered once. So, if a chamber enters its website, for example, it may only be submitted once under one category area, not in multiple categories.
The standard price for each entry submitted is $200. The $200 fee is waived for the first entry submitted by Horizon Investors (Is my organization a Horizon Investor?) and All ACCEss Pass members. The early bird rate (valid through March 22, 2019) is $150 per entry. Horizon Investors and All ACCEss Pass members receive the early bird rate ($150) throughout entry season (ends April 15, 2019).
Each entry must be submitted separately using an online entry form. All submissions may only be entered once. Your entry must be uploaded to your website or a file hosting service such as Dropbox. You'll share a link to your entry (hosted on your website or file sharing service site) on the entry form. Please note: some entries have a greater impact when presented in hand vs. online (ex. magazines, publications). Although entries must be posted online, you have the option to also submit a physical version of your entry. Entries should be based on work completed between Jan. 1, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019.
Ship entries to:
1330 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314
In addition to standard info (organization and contact info, etc.), the following fields must be completed on the ACE entry form:
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