The American Chamber of Commerce Executives is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Chamber of the Year competition, sponsored by WebLink International.
- Hays Area (KS) Chamber of Commerce
- Mayfield Graves County (KY) Chamber of Commerce
- Norfolk Area (NE) Chamber of Commerce
- Glenwood Springs (CO) Chamber Resort Association
- Moore County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
- Putnam County (FL) Chamber of Commerce
- Christian County (KY) Chamber of Commerce
- Conway Area (AR) Chamber of Commerce
- Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
- Cobb (GA) Chamber of Commerce
- Lancaster (PA) Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
Winners of the 2013 Chamber of the Year will be announced at ACCE’s Annual Convention, July 23-26 in Oklahoma City.
Data from the 2012-13 Chamber Operations Survey was used to pre-qualify applicants for the award. Chambers had to meet four of the six criteria listed below to qualify for the competition:
- Total Revenue minus Total Expenses must equal a positive number.
- Current Assets/Current Liabilities must result in a ratio that is not less than 1.0.
- Total Assets minus Total Liabilities must equal a positive number.
- Net Assets/Total Annual Expenses must equal a ratio that exceeds the average of all survey participants.
- Dollar value of Retained Members must exceed the average of all survey participants.
- Membership Retention based on the number of Member Accounts must exceed the average of all survey participants.
ACCE staff and the Chamber of the Year volunteer committee then determined the size category of each entry, using a combination of factors from the 2013 Operations Survey including:
- Population in the service area
- Number of businesses in the service area
- Restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue
- Total number of member accounts
- Total annual revenue
The Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in creating both leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have not only demonstrated success in community leadership and organizational strength, but also have made an apparent impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, healthcare, and cultural vitality.