The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce with a 5-Star Accreditation for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.
“Accreditation recognizes chambers for their high standards of practice, full accountability to members, and steadfast commitment to community,” said Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud these organizations for advancing these principles of free enterprise.”
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars while 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.
According to the U.S. Chamber, out of nearly 7,000 Chambers in the United States, only about 300 have achieved accreditation, and of those, only 19% have achieved the highest level of 5 stars. The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber is only the second Chamber in North Carolina to achieve the 5-star rating.
“This is a testament to our staff, our board and our entire membership,” said Susanne Sartelle, CCE, president of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber. “This entire organization has an unwavering commitment to business and to community prosperity, and it shows. We are honored to be recognized for the level of excellence we strive to practice every day,” Sartelle said.
The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber’s last national recognition was in 2007 when it was named one of the top three chambers of its size in America by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
In addition to the Greenville-Pitt Chamber, the United States Chamber awarded 13 other chambers around the country with Accreditation. The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation recognizes an organization for its quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and being a catalyst for positive action in their community. To achieve 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 from three to six months to complete.
The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.