Resources For Working With Boards
Chambers commonly have questions about working with board members. Common questions include "How do I orient my new board members?" and "How do I manage conflicts of interest on my board?" or "How can I effectively work with my new board chair?" ACCE's HERO portal contains resources to address these questions and more!
Books in the ACCE Store:
- How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You: A Practical Guide To Working Effectively With a Board For Both New and Experienced CEOs by Martin M. Coyne II
- Managing Conflicts of Interest, A Primer for Nonprofit Boards by Daniel L. Kurtz and Sarah E. Paul
- Taming the Troublesome Board Member by Katha Kissman
- The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence by Jim Brown
- The Nonprofit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives by BoardSource
- Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals by Darian Rodriguez Heyman
- Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor
- Presenting: Board Orientation, An Introductory Presentation for Nonprofit Board Members by BoardSource
ACCE University eCourse:
- Chamber 101: Introducing the Work of Chambers of Commerce: In this foundational 8-part eCourse twelve chamber practitioners offer a broad stroke presentation that highlights the work of chambers. This online course is designed to both work in tandem with chamber staff and board orientation programming, while offering a flexibile training tool that can be incorporated into any chamber retreat, lunch-n-learn or training activity.
- Board Composition and Responsibilities
- Board Management and Conflict
- Board Meetings and Retreats
- Board Member and CEO Relationships
Chamber Executive Magazine articles:
- How Well Does Your Board Govern?
- Whose Responsibility Is It?
- Board Effectiveness
- Board Orientation
- The Chamber Board
- Board Policy is Good Policy
- To Steer the Ship, a Board Needs DirectionFrom the Chair: An Effective Board Begins With Clarity
- Educating Rita, Mark, Thomas and Eduardo…
- Planning a Productive and Efficient Board Retreat
Samples – Board Management:
- Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Ethics Policies
- Characteristics and Attributes of an Ideal Board Member
- Governance: Board Appraisal (VA)
- Governance: Conflict of Interest Statement (ACCE)
- Governance Policy (Lubbock, TX)
- See all Board Management Samples
Outside of ACCE, other valuable resources for working with boards are avaialble through BoardSource.org. They offer publications through their Learning Center. Some of their resources are free and some have a cost.
Please note - for ACCE's online resources, members will need to Log in with your username and password. (Forgot your password? Click here.) Have questions, need research assistance, or want to suggest a new link or contribute to our Samples? Please email us at HERO@acce.org.
Business-Friendly Tools Chambers Can Use to Support a College & Career-Ready Agenda
As 48 states begin to implement new K-12 standards and assessments chambers are poised to bridge the education community with the needs of employers to prepare the future workforce to be competitive in a global economy. In order to assist chambers at all levels of engagement the K-12 section of ACCE's online HERO information library features business-friendly resources related to next generation assessments and Common Core State Standards.
College and Career Readiness
The Education and Workforce Development section of the HERO portal contains resources chambers can use to engage their communities across the whole cradle to career spectrum. The K-12 section of ACCE's online Chamberpedia features business-friendly tools, samples and FAQs catered to all levels of interest and engagement whether you are interested in simply learning more about Common Core State Standards or are actively working with business leaders, schools, higher education institutions, etc. to prepare your communities to successfully implement more rigorous standards and assessments.
Common Core 101 & the Role of Business
Introductory resources to new standards and assessments include: a presentation for chambers and employers on Understanding Common Core Standards by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; a presentation by Tim Sheehy, President, Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce on Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards; and a Myth vs. Facts sheet prepared by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Next Generation Standards and Assessments - Tools & Resources for Chambers
Additional materials found in the College and Career Readiness section serve to showcase what is being done to raise the bar for the future workforce and offers tools from experts and chamber leaders on how to get involved. The section includes: blog posts from chamber executives; a communications toolkit to reach policymakers, the media and the general public (including your employees) with a consistent business message about the need for improvements to our nation’s education system; sample common core pledge and letter from business leaders; and customizable one-page PARCC and SBAC flyers that organizations can add their logo and website to on how business leaders can work in partnership with schools and districts to shape new policies and practices.
Our Chamberpedia pages and Samples Library are populated by your contributions, so we invite you to help us continue to grow and expand on these valuable resources. Have a case study for how your chamber is supporting next generation standards and assessments in your community? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit the EAD page to learn more information about the Education Attainment Division. Check out the Mentor Program to connect with chamber leaders with education and workforce development expertise or sign up to become a Mentor yourself!
*Note: you will need your ACCE login (jsmith) and password (EAD123) to access the links on this post and HERO resources.
Strategic Planning Resources at ACCE
Where do you go and what resources do you use for your chamber's strategic planning process? One place to turn and return to is ACCE's Strategic Planning Chamberpedia page from the HERO portal. We have put together a collection of resources on strategic planning and our page specifically address available Online Resources and Examples, working Samples of Strategic Plans from our members, Presentations from the ACCE 2013 Convention, and Articles from previous issues of ACCE's Chamber Executive magazine. Just want to get your feet wet? Check out the Strategic Planning Samples from the ACCE Samples Library.
Like all our Chamberpedia pages and in our Samples Library, we invite and welcome your contributions to help us continue to grow and expand on these valuable resources. Have a sample Strategic Plan or go-to resource you use at your chamber? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ask ACCE to connect with more ACCE resources.
The HERO team can also prepare a customized Operations Survey PowerPoint presentation for your chamber. This presentation is great for planning purposes and provides a way to show your board or staff how your chamber compares to other chambers across the country. This PowerPoint presentation, customized with your chamber's logo, includes all of the charts and graphs from the 2012-2013 Operations Survey report. Your chamber's survey responses and calculated measures are plotted on each chart. This is a visually appealing graphical representation of your chamber's membership statistics, financial indicators, and operating ratios relative to chambers across the country. The presentation can be purchased anytime. Available now at ACCE's Bookstore.
Questions? Please email us at email@example.com.