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US Chamber Awards BACC With Accredited Status

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June 20, 2017

U.S. Chamber Awards The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce With Accredited Status

Bedford, VA: The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accredited status for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“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, Vice President, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management.  “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 self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
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.
About the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce: We are a non-profit organization of business and community leaders working together to serve the interests of members by providing programs and services that improve the economic vitality of the community.
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Susan martin, President & CEO, 540-586-9401