The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation—the highest designation—for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. This reaccreditation places the South Bend Regional Chamber among the top 1 percent of chambers nationwide. Of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the U.S., 199 of these are accredited.
"We are honored to again achieve 5-Star Accreditation. We join a select few with this honor. The honor is a real credit to the efforts of our board of directors and staff, and the hundreds of member volunteers who work to help us achieve our mission. We strive to go above and beyond in meeting the needs of our 1,100 member businesses, as well as deliver programs that help grow our local community," said Jeff Rea, president and CEO of the South Bend Regional Chamber.
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs and technology. This extensive self-review can take six-nine months to complete.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber executive director of political affairs and federation relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.