Finalists for the award – of which there are three in the Metro Chamber category – will be celebrated at a special event Tuesday, July 18 in Nashville, Tenn.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the leadership role chambers have in their communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
“Receiving this acknowledgment just months after achieving 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the third straight time is a true testament to the work of our talented staff, volunteer leadership and committed membership,” said Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “We are truly honored to be recognized alongside Chattanooga and Dayton as a finalist for this prestigious award. Thank you to each one of our members for your continued investment into the Chamber and the Charleston region.”
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award must first qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process – only 104 out of 7,000+ chambers nationally qualified. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey.
Qualifying chambers enter the competition through an intensive award application, assessing the full scope of the Chamber’s work: from marketing to membership, employee development to advocacy. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
This year’s competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the U.S and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population and several other factors.