The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and sponsored by Indianapolis-based WebLink International. Finalists for the award ¾ of which there are three in the same category ¾ will be celebrated at a special event Tuesday, July 18 in Nashville, Tenn. where the winner will also be announced.
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.
“Being named as a finalist is a huge honor and serves as tangible evidence of the hard work and dedication of our board of directors, staff, and members as a whole. Through their innovative ideas, collaborative spirit, and dedication to the businesses and community, the O’Fallon Chamber is able to thrive,” said Erin Williams, President & CEO of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries. “We are proud to be able to represent our membership and the O’Fallon community at the national level and are so honored to be in the same company as great organizations like the Des Moines Downtown Chamber and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce,” Williams said.
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must 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. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. 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 United States and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.
About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), founded in 1914, uniquely serves nearly 8,000 individuals who manage chambers of commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.
About our sponsor, WebLink International, Inc.
Weblink International, sponsor of the 2017 Chamber of the Year award, is an industry-leading provider of integrated association management software. Forty percent of the top 50 metro chambers and 60 percent of ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalists have chosen WebLink as their technology provider. Learn more at weblinkinternational.com.