The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the prestigious, 5-Star Accreditation, one of the highest honors from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business-advocacy organization. The recognition places the Paducah Chamber among the nation’s top 1% of all chambers of commerce. Of the approximately 7,000 chambers in the United States, only 116 have earned recognition as a 5-star accredited chamber. In Kentucky there are four chambers with 5-star rating including Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Christian County and Paducah.
“We are thrilled to have been recognized with the 5-Star Accreditation,” said Sandra Wilson, Paducah Chamber President. “We have worked really hard these past few years to move to the top ranking from the U.S. Chamber.” The Paducah Chamber had previously been a 4-star Accredited Chamber. The accreditation process takes place every five years for Chambers.
The Paducah Chamber was also recognized for excellence in 2017 as the National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. This was a repeat win having also won in 2011.
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 rigorous standards for leadership, staff development, chamber policy and procedures, programs – including governance, government affairs, technology, planning and finance. This ranking reflects the organization’s dedication to serving both its members, and the business community at-large, by operating efficiently, being innovative and collaborative, providing members with resources to help their businesses grow, and contributing to positive change in the community.
In order to be considered for accreditation, chambers must complete a detailed application outlining nine areas of organizational structure that include governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communication, facilities, and benchmarking.
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.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business advocacy organization with approximately 1,000 member firms and is the fifth largest Chamber in the state.