Chamber awarded 5-star accreditation for second time

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June 08, 2016
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded it with 5-Star Accreditation for the second time.  
Only 31 of the 338 chambers in Texas are accredited, and, of those, only about a third have achieved the prestigious five-star rating. In the United States as a whole, only one percent of chambers receives the five-star rating. This prestigious honor puts the Chamber among the top 1 percent of chambers nationwide. 
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management.  “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
This past year, the staff, board, and volunteers of the Richardson Chamber spent countless hours completing the Accreditation application. The result of all this hard-work is evidenced by this highest rating. Much thanks goes to the volunteers and board members who committed their time to aid in this process. It was a true team effort.
“Receiving this five-star accreditation shows how well planned, executed and effective the programs, governance and finances of the Richardson Chamber are when judged by the best in our industry,” said Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. “This recognition by the U.S. Chamber shows the commitment and vision of our Board of Directors, committees, membership, staff and community.”
This national program recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement and allows us to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. This extensive application can take 6-9 months to complete. Chambers must re-apply to the U.S. Chamber every five years to maintain accreditation. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.  
Amy Alexander, Director, Marketing and Communications, (972) 792-2812