The Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the 2020 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, VA-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The ACCE, founded in 1914, serves more than 9,000 professionals who lead Chambers of Commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, VA-based organization is to support and develop Chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities.
The award is the most prestigious and competitive recognition presented annually by the ACCE. ACCE is an association of more than 9,000 professionals from 1,500 Chambers of Commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas.
The Chamber of the Year award recognizes the leadership role Chambers have in their communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, economic prosperity and quality of life.
“Congratulations to the Chamber of the Year finalists. These Chambers are among the most impactful organizations within the industry,” said ACCE President & CEO, Sheree Anne Kelly. “These Chambers are community champions, providing the catalytic leadership needed to help address their region’s greatest challenges.”
“As the Chairman of the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, I could not be more proud of our Chamber President and the team he has put together. Their professionalism and work ethic are in full force year round. When the pandemic hit our community they immediately went to work to help every business and every citizen in our county. The example that the team set has been a model that other Chambers are following. Congratulations James McCoy and the entire staff for this well-deserved nomination," commented Carter Patterson, the 2020 Chairman of the Forsyth County Chamber.
Chambers interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying Chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer Chamber executives to determine finalists. To view the Forsyth County Chamber's application packet click here. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an interview before a panel of experienced Chamber professionals.
This year's competition drew numerous entries from Chambers throughout the U.S. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into four categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population and other factors. Chamber of the Year winners will be announced later this year.