The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. With 7,077 chambers in the United States, 207 of these are accredited with only 82 receiving a 5-Star designation. Accreditation terms are valid for five years.
By earning Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a chamber shows its dedication to:
“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 review and audit can take 6-9 months to complete. 5-Star Accreditation is awarded to those chambers that have gone above and beyond the minimum standards.
“Being recognized as one of the top chambers in the nation is a significant honor. We are extremely proud to be the only 5-Star chamber in the Greater Houston region. Meeting the highest standards in the industry shows that we have established the necessary processes and measures to bring value to our membership,” said Keri Schmidt, President and CEO of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. “This achievement would not be possible without the support of our members and the leaders in our community, as well as the fantastic culture and team we have established within the Chamber office. The 5-Star designation illuminates Fort Bend County as a place with a thriving economy and community, a place that the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent and be a part of.”
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.
"I have been a member of many good chambers through the years but never have I experienced the level of commitment evident within the Fort Bend Chamber,” said Glenn Smith, Chairman of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, “ Becoming a 5-Star Accredited Chamber says it all! It demonstrates the commitment of the Board, the staff, and the members themselves. I'm grateful to be one of the many Chamber members who make this an extraordinary organization, and I share this honor with them."
The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is the largest single county chamber in the Houston region. More than 1200 companies and organization, small to large, know that “Success is Just Around the Bend” at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Membership provides measurable benefits, along with access and influence in a dynamic business climate. As the voice and advocate for business excellence, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for economic prosperity, tourism and community involvement.