Chamber of the Year
Beginning in 2007, ACCE annually recognizes up to five chambers of commerce for their work in Leading Businesses. Leading Communities.TM with the Chamber of the Year award. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership, and expands upon and replaces the Award for Excellence (AFE).
The Chamber of the Year award involves a multi-stage process, which includes the ACCE Operations Survey, application and interview. Winners of the Chamber of the Year award must wait three years before submitting another application.
During the first two stages, chambers compete agains the numbers. As finalists, they compete against other chambers within their category. COY judges reserve the right to decline to name a winner in a category where no applicants meet expectations.
New This Year
Staff and volunteer committee discretion will determine the size category of each entry, using a combination of factors from the 2013 Operations Survey including:
•Population in the service area
•Number of businesses in the service area
•Restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue
•Total number of member accounts
•Total annual revenue
When you are notified of pre-qualification, you will also be notified of your application category.
Chamber of the Year Resources
Publicity and National Exposure
Chamber of the Year winners and finalists will experience heightened national attention via media advisories and a press conference. Finalists and winners are authorized to use the appropriate version of the Chamber of the Year logo in promoting their chambers and communities.