Published on March 24th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


U.S. Chamber Awards the Greenville Chamber with 4-Star Accreditation

Pictured from left to right: David Lominack/Chamber Board Chair-Elect and Accreditation Committee Chair, Pamela Gregory/Manager, Southeast Region at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Julie Godshall Brown/Chamber Board Chair, and Ben Haskew/Chamber President/CEO.

(Greenville, SC) The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Greenville Chamber with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“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, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

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.

According to Greenville Chamber President/CEO Ben Haskew, “We are thrilled to be acknowledged as a 4-Star Accredited Chamber – one of just 199 Chambers to reach this status among 7000 Chambers nationwide. The intense accreditation process really allowed us to focus on our operations and outreach, making us a stronger organization for the businesses and communities we serve.”

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.

About the Greenville Chamber
The Greenville Chamber, now in its 127th year of operation, is the largest business organization in the Upstate with over 2400 investors. The Chamber’s vision is to build one of the premier business communities in the world by driving economic growth and prosperity, serving as an advocate for business interests, training future leaders and facilitating the workforce of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.greenvillechamber.org or call 864-242-1050.


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