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:
Association of Washington Business
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn, New York
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Indiana Chamber
The Chamber of Greater Springfield
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon Lakeshore, Michigan
Vail Valley Partnership
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Hickory, North Carolina
O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries
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.