Several new titles in ACCE's store

HERO Team / Sarah Myers on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Search the ACCE Store by title, author, desciprtion, publisher, or genre and purchase titles directly through Amazon, or in some cases, through the publisher directly. You can also rate each title and give a commentary review. To purchase titles and give ratings and reviews, you will need your ACCE login credentials. To obtain your username and password, you can request it here. Please email if you need assistance.

New titles recently added include:

When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide, by Mark Lautman
As the industrialized world recovers from the great recession, we face an even graver economic threat. A structural shortage of qualified workers is creating a zero-sum labor market that is forcing communities to steal talent from each other in order to survive and grow. In When the Boomers Bail, economic architect Mark Lautman details the causes of the problem, explains how it changes the game, and what you can do about it.
230 pages, Logan Square Press (February 4, 2011)

When we are the foreigners: What Chinese think about working with Americans, by John Doggett, Orlando Kelm, Haiping Tang
Of course it is a matter of your starting point, but as Americans, don’t we usually think of the other guys as the foreigners? After all, they are the ones who talk with an accent, right? When We Are the Foreigners provides readers a new perspective, seeing international business from the vantage point of the Chinese. What is it like for them to handle working with Americans? The eight case studies illustrate many of the cultural issues that bewilder Americans and Chinese when they interact with one another.
158 pages, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 22, 2011)

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber
In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.
268 pages, HarperCollins; 2nd Edition edition (2001)

New Realities for Funding Economic Development Organizations, by Swati Ghosh, Dana Crater
Funding for economic development organizations (EDOs) is changing in response to various global, national and local shifts. Not only are funding mechanisms impacted, but also EDO structures and their business practices.
72 pages, IEDC

Unlocking Entrepreneurship: A Handbook for Economic Developers, by Swati Ghosh, Shari Garmise
In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the capacity of a community's entrepreneurial firms will be the driving force behind economic recovery, job creation, greater resiliency in the face of disasters, and regional economic transformation. For economic developers charged with job and wealth creation in their communities, the significance of entrepreneurship requires them to adapt their practice to focus on access to tools, strategies, networks and institutions that support entrepreneurial firms.
150 pages, IEDC

Jobs in the Making: Economic Development Strategies to Grow Manufacturing, by Patrick McHugh
This report from IEDC, the result of a year-long research project supported by the Economic Development Research Partners program, explores the evolution of the manufacturing sector and what communities can do to foster its viability. It combines high-level discussions of important market trends with nuts-and-bolts guidance on what those trends mean for communities that are working to protect and grow manufacturing jobs.
150 pages, IEDC

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Breaking Records in Springfield, MO

Tania Kohut on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Last month, over the course of three days, 410 business and community leaders worked to help the 2012 Chamber of the Year award winning Springfield Area (MO) Chamber of Commerce bring in a total of 425 new members. This impressive achievement surpasses the chamber’s own record for the most investment dollars brought in by a chamber in a three-day membership event.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, not just for our chamber, but for the community as a whole,” Chamber President Jim Anderson said. “The fact that we could do this not once, but twice, shows just how committed the business and professional community is to making a difference here in Springfield.”

Anderson attributed much of the event’s success to membership consulting company Your Chamber Connection. Jimmy Cusano and the team at Your Chamber Connection have been in the membership development industry for 24 years and have worked with more than 630 chambers across the United States and Canada.  In 2010, during ACCE’s annual convention in Milwaukee, Your Chamber Connection also assisted ACCE with its own membership event to bring in new members.

“Our chamber volunteers made this happen, not once but twice,” Brent McCoy, the chamber’s vice president of membership said.  “They, the volunteers, have worked non-stop over the last three days. You can only be the best chamber in the world if you have the best member-volunteers in the world--enough said.” 

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New Scorecard and Salary Surfer Tools to Aid Community College Students in California

Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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For 2.6 million students, the California Community Colleges system is the gateway to higher education and a fulfilling career. As California seeks to dramatically increase the number of credentialed and college educated workers to remain economically competitive, the California Community Colleges system is a vital link to a strong and skilled workforce.

On Friday, September 13, the Los Angeles Area Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council hosted a discussion with the region’s newest Los Angeles Community College District leaders, Trustees Mike Eng and Ernie Moreno and East Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College Presidents, Marvin Martinez and Renee Martinez.  They outlined their plans for implementing the ground breaking policy reforms recommended by the California Community Colleges Student Success Taskforce.

One tool that was discussed was the “Student Success Scorecard” unveiled earlier this year. Since its release, the Scorecard has been lauded as a user-friendly tool, which provides all stakeholders with important information about their local college’s outcomes.

The Scorecard includes a groundbreaking “Salary Surfer,” which provides comparative information about the median earnings of recent graduates by college, discipline or program area. The Salary Surfer highlights the return on investment that a community college certificate or associate degree program can provide to students.

The data reveals that students who complete an associate degree double their annual pre-degree earnings after two years in the workforce and nearly triple their pre-degree earnings after five years in the workforce. Furthermore, nearly 45 percent of students who graduated with an associate degree earned more than $54,000 annually five years after getting their degree, which is equal to the median wage of someone with a bachelor’s degree living in California according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

This scorecard represents an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability on student progress and success in the largest public higher education system in the nation. Using this data, faculty, staff and community stakeholders can also determine if colleges are narrowing achievement gaps, which is vitally important for our students and our state's economy.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce continues to work with California Community College leaders to advance student success in Los Angeles. 







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New Chamberpedia Page on Dues Models

HERO Team / Sarah Myers on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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From the Chamberpedia page on Membership Management, ACCE members can now access the new section on Dues Models and added two new topic pages for Tiered Dues and Fair Share Dues. The Dues Models page was previously called Membership Investment Management and the HERO Team recognized the need to expand this section to allow for new resources on Tiered Dues and Fair Share Dues. These new pages were developed in conjunction with the forthcoming Chamber Executive article (Fall 2013) on Tiered Dues, which references the samples we have highlighted on the Tiered Dues and Fair Share Dues pages.

By visiting these new Dues Models resources, you can access Sample Dues Schedules (for both Tiered Dues and Fair Share Dues) with numerous real-life dues examples (including membership applications and brochures, investment schedules, and links for online applications with member benefits) from chambers across the country. Additional resources include articles from Chamber Executive, Surveys and Research (including the Operations Survey and relevant QuickPolls), Books and e-Books, and Courses and Presentations, all that will augment your knowledge and awareness on dues models.

The Tiered Dues page also has supplemental resources with a Menu of Tiered Dues Benefits and a section on Explaining Tiered Dues to Members.

For questions, research assistance, or if you have a sample or web resource to contribute to these new pages or any of our other Chamberpedia pages, please email


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Rebranding Napa Chamber

Tania Kohut on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Earlier this week, Chris Messina, IOM, ACE, president and CEO of the Napa Chamber, announced in the North Bay (CA) Business Journal that a renewed brand and vision for the organization would be rolling out in the coming weeks.  

Messina previewed the chamber’s new logo, explained what went into the new look, and provided a rationale for the rebranding process. He wrote that the “rebranding process required an evaluation of every aspect of the organization, allowing us to redefine priorities and achieve a better understanding of where we need to go in order to best serve our members and the greater Napa Valley Community. Reflecting an engaged, progressive, and agile organization, this rebrand represents the Napa Chamber’s role in a growing and changing community.”

Messina, who assumed the chamber’s top post in February 2012, added, “This organizational face-lift will align our public image with a more modern, streamlined internal vision for the future. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to reinforce the foundation of the Napa Chamber. With a new team in place, a new brand about to be launched, and a more targeted vision, we are ready to take the Napa Chamber of Commerce to the next level.”

Read all about the effort here:


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A Chamber Exec's LL World Series Star

Tania Kohut on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Over the past few weeks, Doug Holman, vice president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, says he's "become very familiar with Cloud Nine" and "living the dream of a lifetime." Over the weekend, his son Grant was part of the Chula Vista, Calif., team playing in the championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Although Japan took home the prize, Grant got some major props from the media for his talent on the mound. Columnist Mike Chiari of the wrote, "Truth be told, Holman has done a little bit of everything for Chula Vista in this tournament. Not only has his pitching been spectacular, but he has also been swinging a hot bat. According to SportsCenter, he has already accomplished three incredible feats in the Little League World Series, which likely makes him the envy of every other player."

Check out this column from which highlighted Grant as one of the "three players with the best chance to gain Little League World Series immortality."

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Inspired by OKC: One Chamber Exec’s Story

Tania Kohut on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Jackie Krawczak, executive director of the Alpena Area (MI) Chamber of Commerce, attended ACCE’s convention last month in Oklahoma City. Visiting OKC (along with participating in the convention) was an eye-opening, inspiring experience for this chamber exec who frankly admitted in a recent editorial that “Oklahoma City was never very high on my list of places I'd like to visit.” But, after spending four days there learning about its renaissance and experiencing what it offers, she is “now a fan of so many other things about that big, yet little, city."

Take a moment to read Jackie’s editorial which appeared in The Alpena News this week, and learn how Jackie’s observations about OKC and its story have inspired her in her work for her community and the Alpena Area Chamber. 

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Chamber Merger: Boost in Numbers, Opportunities

Tania Kohut on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Greater Lehigh Valley (PA) Chamber of Commerce (GLVCC) just got a membership boost. Last week, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) officially partnered with the GLVCC, solidifying the GLVCC’s position as the largest chamber in Pennsylvania.

While both organizations will still operate independently, the partnership provides networking opportunities and new resources for the CCEDC. For the GLVCC, the union offers a new membership base in Carbon County, increasing its roster to nearly 6,000 member organizations.  Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the GLVCC, commented on the mutual benefit of the partnership in an article on “Carbon saw the Lehigh Valley as a critical market for the business community, and the Lehigh Valley saw Carbon the same way,” Iannelli said. “We’re hoping to increase business-to-business relations and have an impact on public policy, getting attention in Harrisburg like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.”

The GLVCC has been growing its presence in the region, partnering with more than 20 chamber and civic organizations. Learn more about the partnership and what it means for both organizations here.



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The Case for Business Investment in Early Childhood Education

Jessie Azrilian on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 6:26:00 pm 
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New study finds that virtually no one believes less should be done to support Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Okay, that's probably not that surprising. What might surprise you in First Five Years Fund's recently-released report is the widespread public, cross-sector, and bi-partisan support for investment in zero-to-five education. Specifically, the 800 voters surveyed for their report believe overwhelmingly that: 1) Early Education should be regarded as a national priority- second only to increasing economic prosperity and decreasing the tax burden; 2)Early child education and care must be more affordable; and 3) Congress needs to act NOW to increase access to excellent and affordable early education and childcare services.

On the heels of the survey's release a group of Chamber CEOs and business leaders gathered at the US Chamber last Wednesday to advocate on behalf of business investment in early child preparedness programs. Speaking at the gathering, Brian Maher, the retired chairman and CEO fo Maher Terminals and former chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce was quoted in a Washington Post article saying: "If somebody had said to me about a decade ago...that I would one day be down here in Washington speaking on behalf of early chidlhood education, I would have thought they were on drugs." 

On drugs he was not. An evolving body of research and data showcases early education's astounding return on investment, and Maher joins a growing contingency of business and public sector leaders that have seen the connection between investment in a child's formative years as a direct investment in our future economy.  

For a synthesis of the wide array of early childhood initiatives chambers and business organizations are engaging in across the country, refer to the recently-released study by America's Promise Alliance and project ReadyNation, with support from ACCE: Championing Success: Business Organizations for Early Childhood Investments.
The report shows that at least one state chamber of commerce, large city chamber, or state business roundtable in 44 states has publicly supported early childhood policy initiatives. 

Numbers Don't Lie: Take a look to determine the potential impact of your investment. 



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GED® Test Evolves to Better Prepare Adults for Success in the Workforce

Brian Smith, GED Testing Service on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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As more and more communities struggle to fill available jobs with a skilled and educated local workforce business and higher education have realized the need to join forces in tackling the talent and skills gap issue. Read what GED Testing Service is doing to help students and adults meet current and future workforce demands.  

In response to feedback from employers and colleges across the country, the GED® test is making a dramatic change in 2014, aligning with college and career readiness standards and focusing on the skills adults need to be successful in the workforce.

Over the past five years, report after report have come out and highlighted that adult learners need more than just a high school diploma to succeed in today’s economy and to earn a family-sustaining wage. There are not enough low-skill jobs for low-skill workers and adults are recognizing that the jobs that are available are middle-skill jobs – jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s degree.

We have also seen that too many high school students are not graduating with the right skills needed to be successful in the next step in life – going to college or enrolling in a job training or certificate program. Groups like state and local Chambers of Commerce have been outspoken in their support of raising standards for high school graduates, which is important to ensure employers have access to adults with the right skills to be successful in today’s economy.

As the primary high school equivalency test provider for adult learners, GED Testing Service also heard that message loud and clear from employers and colleges across the country. After reviewing our program and looking at the changing economic landscape, we joined the effort to raise standards and improve the resources available to adults so that they can be successful after earning a high school equivalency credential.

New Benefits of the 2014 GED Test for Employers

Below are some of the significant features of the new GED® Test that will be released in 2014 that are most valued by employers:

·         2014 GED® test aligned with Common Core and college and career readiness standards – GED Testing Service worked closely with employers, colleges, workforce professionals and researchers to ensure that the 2014 GED test is aligned with college and career readiness standards and measures the problem solving and critical thinking skills most valued by employers and colleges. We have also demonstrated that our new test is strongly aligned with the college and career readiness standards outlined by the US Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. 

·         Provides college and career readiness target goals – While we will continue to measure high school equivalency, the 2014 GED® test will also measure where a test-taker’s performance level is in relation to college and career readiness in each of the four subject areas.

·         Detailed score report – The 2014 GED® test will provide a wealth of information in the new detailed score report, which will outline the skills an individual has demonstrated and provide feedback on areas that need to be improved to demonstrate either high school equivalency or college and career readiness. This new feedback will better help employers, colleges, adult education instructors, and individual test-takers better understand the skills and competencies of a test-taker.

·         Computer-based Testing – The 2014 GED® test will only be offered on computer, allowing adult learners to demonstrate basic technology skills and take advantage of some significant benefits like same-day score reports, online scheduling and a more flexible testing experience.

·         GED Portal – The 2014 GED® test will also have an online portal that will help adults navigate the path of preparing for the GED® test, taking the test and connecting with jobs, college or certificate programs in their local community.

·         GED Analytics – The 2014 GED testing system will provide states with a sophisticated analytics system that will allow states the ability to evaluate and report on the success of their adult education programs.

Some States Might Drop the GED® Test to Avoid College and Career Readiness Standards

While all of the new changes to the GED® test likely align with the education initiatives of your Chamber, some states are looking to replace the GED® test to avoid moving to college and career readiness standards. Given the leadership that Chambers have taken on this issue and the respect they garner from the states, we are hoping to partner with individual chambers to ensure that adult learners have access to a high school equivalency test aligned with college and career readiness standards.

GED Testing Service is excited to exhibit at ACCE’s 2013 Convention in Oklahoma City. Please stop by our booth to learn more about the changes and how you can help make sure your state is moving in the right direction.

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