Knoxville Chamber Awarded 5-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber
The Knoxville Chamber has been awarded 5-star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The recognition places the Knoxville Chamber among the nation’s top 1% of all chambers of commerce. Of the roughly 7,000 chambers in the United States, only 102 have earned recognition as a 5-star accredited chamber.
This ranking reflects the organization’s dedication to serving both its members, and the business community at-large, by operating efficiently, being innovative and collaborative, providing members with resources to help their businesses grow, and contributing to positive change in the community.
“While it is the organization that receives this recognition, the credit goes to our members who volunteer their time, expertise, and money and empower our staff to focus on our mission of Driving Regional Economic Prosperity each and every day,” commented Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Chamber. “In reality, it should be a 2,200-star accreditation, one star representing each of our member businesses, because we wouldn’t be here if it were not for them,” he continued.
“Every great city or region in the United States has a strong chamber of commerce that helps to foster a pro-business environment and grow quality jobs,” said Robyn Askew, chair of the Knoxville Chamber’s board of directors. “Our community should be proud of the work being accomplished by the Knoxville Chamber’s staff, and this national recognition further validates that,” she continued.
In order to be considered for accreditation, chambers must complete a detailed application outlining nine areas of organizational structure that include governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communication, facilities, and benchmarking.
The Chamber is striving to make Knoxville America’s Best Business Address® and this 5-star Accreditation achievement is another step toward that goal.
Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind for chambers and was developed to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.
This is not the first time the Knoxville Chamber has been recognized for excellence. In 2011, it was named the National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.