The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, 2009 Chamber of the Year, was recently named one of four finalists nationwide for the American Chamber of Commerce Executive’s (ACCE) 2014 Chamber of the Year.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
The Chamber of the Year award involves a multi-stage process, which includes a detailed operations survey, application and interview. Only a handful of chambers nationwide are asked to compete beyond the operations survey. The application process takes several weeks, with each department submitting detailed information and case studies on initiatives completed throughout the previous year. The finalists are then named based on the scoring of the in-depth application process. From there, each finalist chamber will undergo a 45 minute interview in front of a panel of 4 judges.
“We couldn’t be more proud to once again be named a finalist for the Chamber of the Year Award. The invitation-only application process is rigorous and comprehensive, and we wouldn’t be here without the hard work of our volunteers, our Chamber leadership, and our professional Chamber staff,” said Tonya Matthews, Vice President of Partnership Services at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “Winners of the Chamber of the Year must wait a designated number of years before submitting again. After winning in 2009, we’ve waited to return and are thrilled to make finalist again on our first shot.”
“The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong focus on the needs of our partners and the growth of our community. We work in collaboration with our local leadership on a regular basis to ensure our partners have a community with a strong local economy and vibrant quality of life where their businesses can grow and prosper. We are delighted to be recognized by the ACCE for our efforts,” said Chamber CEO Ron Bunch.
Winners for the award will be announced at the ACCE Annual Convention August 12-15, 2014 in Cincinnati.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is also a 5 Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce, as named by the United States Chamber of Commerce. The accreditation process is a comprehensive examination of every aspect of a Chamber’s operations over a 2 year period, including governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, facilities, and benchmarking. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, only 1% of the Chambers of Commerce in the United States have achieved 5 Star Accreditation. The Bowling Green Area Chamber is proud to have achieved the 5 star milestone, and is currently seeking reaccreditation, which will be announced at the end of August.
“Achieving these two significant milestones isn’t easy. Our Chamber is among the elite. I’m not sure that it is common knowledge that out of more than 7,000 chambers across the country, we are ranked in the top 1%, according to the U.S. Chamber’s thorough evaluation process. This means that our partners have a Corvette when it comes to chambers, and they helped build it!” said John Mark Fones, Chairman of the Bowling Green Area Chamber Board of Directors.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.