The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the McLean County Chamber of Commerce with a five star accreditation, its highest level of nation-wide accreditation amongst chambers, placing it amongst only 111 out of more than 7,000 chambers around the country who have received this prestigious accreditation.
Previously ranked as a 4-star out of a possible 5, this award recognizes chamber’s with quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communication by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, government affairs, and technology.
“This is a milestone achievement for our organization,” said Charlie Moore, President and CEO of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. “More importantly, it’s an indicator to our members and the community that their chamber is focused on excellence; and this designation substantiates it. With exceptional leadership from our Board of Directors, the chamber staff is able to drive the mission ensuring excellence in our operations, programs, communications and strategy. We’ve worked hard to earn this designation, and know our recognition and success is only reflective of who we represent.”
“Receiving the accreditation demonstrates our strong commitment to improving the business environment in McLean County and recognizes the hard work of the chamber staff to bring about positive change in the community,” said Steve Denault, 2017 chairman of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Business Services at COUNTRY Financial. “Having a 5-star accreditation also places us in a unique category as we are one of only 3 Illinois chambers to currently carry this distinction.”
At the chamber’s Annual Gala on Saturday, January 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Denault passed the gavel to the chamber’s incoming chairman Andy Shirk, President of BEER NUTS, in front of over 600 business leaders and community members. Shirk plans to use this accreditation as motivation towards the chamber’s upward growth throughout his chairmanship.
“The McLean County Chamber of Commerce team is a very motivated and focused group of individuals that know how to execute,” said Shirk. “Given the organization’s continuous improvement mentality and expectation, a five star accreditation is only appropriate.”
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is located at 2203 East Empire Street in Bloomington across from IHOP and Lowes. To learn more about how your business can get involved with the chamber, visit them online at www.mcleancochamber.org or call their office at 309-829-6344.