The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced earlier this month that the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce has received the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction (AACC).
The announcement was made at the CCAA’s summer convention in Point Clear.
One of the most prestigious programs of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama is the Accredited Alabama Chamber program. The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program sets standards of excellence for chambers in the State of Alabama. It recognizes chambers that have achieved those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness.
The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program is designed to promote public awareness of the intent of the chamber of commerce brand as a not-for-profit community development-based business membership organization by providing a peer review process of generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks.
The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program looks at six standard topics: Organization, Mission Focus, Professional Administration, Financial Management, Communications, and, Advocacy.
“As one of CCAA’s most prestigious programs, the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program shows that each chamber receiving the distinction is committed to the highest standards of organization management. This distinction recognizes local chambers of commerce in Alabama that strengthen free enterprise by protecting their local business environment,” said Heather Brothers New, President of The Chamber, Gadsden and Etowah County and the CCAA’s 2018 Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “They most certainly represent the highest standards in our profession.”
Executive Director of the North Baldwin Chamber, Ashley Jones Davis accepted the recognition on behalf of the Chamber, "What an amazing day for the North Baldwin Chamber, I am truly honored to be a part of the leadership team at the Chamber and am very fortunate to be able to work alongside an amazing staff, great partners, and dedicated volunteers who all made this accreditation possible. We work hard for our members and community everyday and we appreciate their loyalty to and faith in their Chamber."
Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO of the CCAA, said the North Baldwin Chamber is a true testament to the chamber profession.
“The accreditation process is very rigorous and highlights that each chamber is truly the ‘best of the best’ across our state,” Arthur said. “The commitment shown by each local chamber that receives the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction shows their continued commitment to the highest professional standards and assures their business members they are investing in an organization working on their behalf for the greater good.”
Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama has remained dedicated to advancing the goal that chambers of commerce are the premier local business advocate in the State of Alabama. In conjunction with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), a non-partisan organization, the two groups, through the BCA/CCAA Partnership represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every day.