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Finalists Named for 2016 Chamber of the Year Competition

16 chambers advance to final round in prestigious competition

Published Monday, June 13, 2016 11:00 am

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives today announced finalists for the 2016 Chamber of the Year competition, sponsored by Indianapolis-based WebLink International Inc.

Finalists for the 2016 Chamber of the Year are:
State/Province Category:
Association of Washington Business
Olympia, Washington

Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta, Georgia

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Regina, Saskatchewan

Category 4:
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn, New York

Commerce Lexington Inc.
Lexington, Kentucky

JAX Chamber
Jacksonville, Florida

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Tacoma, Washington

Category 3:
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Gainesville, Florida

Southwest Indiana Chamber
Evansville, Indiana

Category 2:
The Chamber of Greater Springfield
Springfield, Ohio

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon Lakeshore, Michigan

Vail Valley Partnership
Avon, Colorado

Category 1:
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Hickory, North Carolina

O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries
O’Fallon, Missouri

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce
Salisbury, North Carolina

ACCE President and Chief Executive Officer Mick Fleming said, “Applicants have already proven themselves worthy of emulation and praise by the time they reach finalist status. Only chambers meeting certain benchmarks are even invited to apply, so becoming a finalist is a big deal.  In each case, the chamber’s numbers are good, their highlighted programs are strong and their impact on businesses and communities is evident.”

Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.

After chambers of commerce qualify for the competition, appropriate categories are determined for each applicant, based on total revenue, member accounts, service area population, number of businesses in the service area, and restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue. Applicants are grouped using these factors to ensure a fair competition. An impartial judging committee comprised of industry professionals then reviews the applications and identifies finalists in each category based on scores.

In the final phase of the competition, the judging committee conducts in-person interviews with leaders from each finalist chamber. One winner from each category will be named at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference in Savannah, Georgia, August 9–12.

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, uniquely serves approximately 7,000 individuals who manage chambers of commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.

About our sponsor, WebLink International, Inc.
Weblink International, sponsor of the 2016 Chamber of the Year Award, is an industry-leading provider of integrated association management software. Forty percent of the top 50 metro chambers and 60 percent of ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalists have chosen WebLink as their technology provider. Learn more at www.weblinkinternational.com.

Comments

I am wishing the Staff & Team of the O' Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industry great luck, praying and pulling for you to be the #1 Chamber of Commerce in the Nation. I hope that the Final Interviews are going well. You have climbed and made it to the top! Goodl Luck & and we are rooting and cheering you on from Home! GO "Commerce Team!"
Posted by Arnie "AC" Dienoff on August 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm
 
Congrats to Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber! We visited them last year and were amazed at their people and their progress. Very progressive and significant community builders!
Posted by Betsy Alles on August 9, 2016 at 9:35 am
 
Congratulations to our fellow Florida Chambers: Jax Chamber and Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce for becoming a finalist in the great program. We're rooting for you!!!
Posted by Janet Kersey on June 14, 2016 at 8:46 am
 
As a member and an active supporter of the Gainesville Chamber, this is a super accolade. Gainesville FL is a super place to live and work. Keep up the good work. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join now and get involved.
Thank you.
Posted by Jack Ryals on June 14, 2016 at 8:37 am
 

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