After receiving a record number of applications for the 2014 competition, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is pleased to announce this year’s Chamber of the Year winners.
- Category 4: Toledo (OH) Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Category 3: Hilton Head Island – Bluffton (SC) Chamber of Commerce
- Category 2: McLean County (IL) Chamber of Commerce
- Category 1: Putnam County (FL) Chamber of Commerce
Winners were announced on August 13, 2014 at ACCE’s Centennial Annual Convention in Cincinnati. The 2014 Chamber of the Year Award is sponsored by Weblink International.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
Chamber of the Year is a rigorous three-step process that begins with the Annual Operations Survey. Applicants qualify to compete by completing the survey and meeting thresholds in at least four of six key performance areas including: net revenue, net assets, reserve funds, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.
After qualifying to compete, chambers complete a five-section written application that addresses all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped using five key factors: annual revenue, member accounts, service area population, number of businesses in the service area, and restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue.
All applications are scored by at least two judges who are ACCE board members or past chamber of the year winners. Finalists are determined in each category based application scores. Winners in each category are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
For more information about the award, including a list of past winners, visit the Chamber of the Year webpage.
About our Sponsor:
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