The Tulsa Regional Chamber recently had its five-star accreditation renewed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, placing it among an elite group of organizations nationwide. Of the more than 7,000 chambers in the country, only 112 are accredited at the five-star level.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said U.S. Chamber Vice President Raymond P. Towle. “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 six to nine months to complete.
Justin McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, led the reaccreditation task force, which included representatives from each of the Chamber’s functional areas.
“Five-star accreditation is rare,” said McLaughlin, “and it signifies an ongoing commitment to process development and improvement. We work hard every day to be good stewards of the resources we manage, and to deliver strong results, and this reaccreditation affirms our efforts.”
Local chambers are rated Accredited, Three-Stars, Four-Stars, or Five-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by 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 three million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.