2014 ACE Awards Entry

Member Price: $195 | Non-Member Price: $295

ACCE's 2014 Awards for Communication Excellence (ACE)

The ACE awards recognize outstanding communications efforts by chambers of commerce. A panel of judges will declare Grand Award trophy winners and Award of Excellence certificate winners in four categories and two size classifications for a total of eight Grand Award trophy presentations, plus two Best in Show awards, at the annual convention.


1. Advertising and Marketing — Print, Web, TV, radio and outdoor advertising/marketing projects; membership brochures and promotions for events, awards and products

2. Campaigns (usually a complex program employing multiple media) —  Advocacy,  Awards Programs,  Economic Development, Chamber Image, Membership Drives, other

3. Electronic — Websites, Blogs, Mobile Apps, Mobile Sites, Social Media Campaigns, Videos, E-Newsletters (submit two consecutive issues)

4. Publications — Annual Reports, Community Guides, Directories, Magazines (submit two consecutive issues), Newsletters (submit two consecutive issues), blogs, data bases

Size Classes

Entries compete in two size classifications: chambers with budgets of $1 million and above, and those with budgets of less than $1 million.


Awards must be submitted on or before March 28, 2014. They will be judged in April-May announced in June. Trophies will be presented at ACCE's centennial convention, August 12-15 in Cincinnati.


A panel of three judges will review and rate the entries based on originality, design/visual impact, message clarity/effectiveness, and results achieved.

Best in Show

Grand Award winners in the four categories automatically qualify for a second round of judging at the convention to determine a Best in Show winner. A Best in Show trophy will be awarded in each of the two size classes.


Only chambers of commerce or similar organizations such as CVBs or economic development groups may enter. Vendors may not submit entries on behalf of clients. Entries judged ineligible will be returned with the entry fee minus $50 for processing.

Entries must reflect work undertaken or completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. Entries must be received by ACCE on or before March 28, 2014 to qualify. All entries and related materials become the property of ACCE and may be accessible to all members via ACCE's online samples library. Winning entries also may be displayed at ACCE events and in ACCE publications.

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