Chamber of the Year Application Process
The Chamber of the Year award is a multi-step process. Below are the five major steps that are required for completing the Chamber of the Year award.
Click here to view a quick reference timeline for the Chamber of the Year application process.
1. Participate in ACCE's Operations Survey
Chambers interested in applying for Chamber of the Year must participate in ACCE's Operations Survey. Chambers that meet minimum requirements will be notified and invited to proceed with the Chamber of the Year application process. The Operations Survey will open in early February and close in March. You can find the survey and more information here.
Chambers that meet minimum requirements in the ACCE Operations Survey will be notified in early to mid-March and invited to proceed with the Chamber of the Year application process.
The application is designed to provide a comprehensive view of your chamber's success. Chambers will be evaluated on their financial and membership performance, as well as their communication and community programs. If the organization enjoyed an exceptional year, or had a program or initiative that went above and beyond expectations, please completing the application. Winners of the Chamber of the Year award must wait three years before submitting another application.
Chamber of the Year Application
- Complete Application
- Section 1: Contact and Payment Information
- Section 2: Organizational Excellence
- Section 3: Member Services & Connections
- Section 4: Program Synopses
Follow the Application Guidelines for detailed instructions on how to complete the application.
Your completed application must be received by April 18, 2014.
The entry fee is $250.
A panel of experienced chamber professionals and past Chamber of the Year award winners will review and score all of the applications.
The last step in the application process will be an interview with the executive. Finalists will be selected based on points awarded in the application review process. The top three applicants will be interviewed in each of their categories during ACCE's annual convention. Finalists may be requested to provide recommendation letters.
Please note, COY judges reserve the right to decline to name a winner in any category where none of the applicants meet expectations.