Lee’s Summit Chamber Captures Top Accreditation

The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce has received the highest rating, a 5-star accreditation, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 5-Star Accreditation recognizes the Chamber for sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“This past year, the Chamber staff, board, and volunteers spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process,” stated Chair of the Board Carolyn McKnight. “Our task: demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities. The result of our hard-work is evident by this impressive rating. But in truth, we should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort, and something certainly worth celebrating.”

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 6-9 months to complete.

Accreditation, and more specifically, 5-Star accreditation is a rare thing to find. Throughout the United States there are more than 7,500 chambers, of those, only 81 chambers have 5-Star Accreditation.

Chambers may apply for accreditation every five years. Chamber President Nancy Bruns has led the organization through the rankings over the years.

“It’s because of the Board of Director’s willingness to explore new ideas and programs and not accept status quo that we have been able to go from a 3-Star Chamber in 2003 to a 4-Star in 2008 – and now a 5-Star Chamber,” said President Bruns. “This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Chamber staff, all of our volunteers and members. This is truly one of the greatest honors!”

The Lee’s Summit Chamber was incorporated in 1969 and is a member-supported organization of businesses dedicated to creating opportunities for business success through networking, advocacy, and business and professional development. For additional information, call the Chamber at 816-524-2424.

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