The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced on March 8 that the McKinney Chamber of Commerce has been accredited with four stars for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. This is an impressive accomplishment and one of the highest forms of recognition that a chamber can achieve.

There are more than 7,000 chambers of commerce in the United States and fewer than 225 of those hold the status of Accredited Chamber of Commerce. Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by accredited state and local chambers of commerce.

“We are so fortunate to be an integral part of this community and are thrilled to have earned such distinction and recognition from the U.S. Chamber. We look forward to continuing our high level of service and commitment to our members and community – it’s our passion,” said Jodi Ann LaFreniere, President and CEO of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. “Our chamber’s mission is to empower our members to achieve economic success and we will continue to strive for the best through leadership, political action and dynamic programs to promote economic vitality for our members and community.”

The U.S. Chamber gave special recognition to the McKinney Chamber of Commerce for its board orientation program and the Chamber received perfect scores on the application in the areas of Governance, Technology and Facilities.

Chamber Chairman of the Board of Directors Raj Bhargava added, “The tenets of our chamber’s core values are to serve the businesses of McKinney and the surrounding communities, promote economic vitality, create value for our members and be accountable in offering innovative and effective programs for our members and the community at large.”

“Earning a Four Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber is recognition that we are making a significant impact on delivering on those core values,” Bhargava said.

About Accreditation

“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.

Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.

The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.

Accreditation 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, finance, government affairs, technology and facilities. This extensive self-review takes 6-12 months to complete. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of the U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.

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.