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Bristol Chamber of Commerce Awarded Five-Star Accreditation By US Chamber of Commerce!

March 09, 2011

The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Bristol Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. This prestigious five-star rating places the Bristol Chamber among the top 1% of chambers nationwide.

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 to nine months to complete.

“This past year, the staff, board, and volunteers of the Bristol Chamber spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process,” said Lisa Meadows, CTTP, IOM, President & CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

“Our task was to demonstrate competency in nine core areas, ranging from finance to facilities. The result of our hard work is evidenced by this impressive rating,” she added. “We should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.”

The only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, Accreditation allows the Bristol Chamber to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Meadows. “This continuing five-star accreditation demonstrates that the Bristol Chamber of Commerce has the programs, staffing and resources in place to clearly offer value-added services and expertise to our members,” she added.

Specifically, the US Chamber commended the Bristol Chamber for: setting challenging short-term and long-term goals and showing excellent progress in working toward completion of these goals; implementation of a wide variety of valuable and successful programs for its membership; staff training and continuing education opportunities; legislative affairs programming; understanding the three benefits members value most, and tailoring programs around those core benefits of seminars/workshops, government affairs and networking; a detailed and comprehensive marketing plan and communications; comprehensive style guide for communications and; investigating and utilizing a variety of technology initiatives to enhance its mission. The Bristol Chamber received perfect scores in the Human Resources, Communications and Facilities sections.

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce is the oldest accredited Chamber in the State of Tennessee and the second oldest accredited Chamber in the State of Virginia. The Bristol Chamber first received accreditation in 1965. The last accreditation process was in 2005, and also resulted in a 5-star rating.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

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.