Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with this 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.
Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick, CCE, said, “This honor not only recognizes our hardworking staff, but also the contributions of our members, the board of directors, and many community volunteers who work hard each day to help Commerce Lexington Inc. fulfill its mission. They are always thinking with the end goal in mind – to serve our members better, improve our quality of place, and create jobs.”
The Chamber of the Year process begins with the Annual Operations Survey. Applicants qualified 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.
ACCE staff and the Chamber of the Year volunteer judging committee determine the competition category for each applicant based on established criteria, including: annual revenue, member accounts, service area population, number of businesses in the service area, and restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue.
The 2015 Chamber of the Year Award winners will be announced at ACCE’s Annual Convention August 11-14, in Montreal, Canada.
2015 CHAMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS:
• Association of Washington Business (WA)
• Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce (NE)
• Georgia Chamber of Commerce (GA)
• Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce (TN)
• Commerce Lexington Inc. (KY)
• Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (SC)
• Billings Chamber of Commerce (MT)
• Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce (FL)
• Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce (TX)
• Coastal Alabama Business Chamber (AL)
• Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce (TX)
• Vail Valley Partnership (CO)
• Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
• Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce (GA)
• Shawnee Chamber of Commerce (KS)