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Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber earns top honor

By: 22 July 2010 One Comment

ROGERS–One of Arkansas’ chambers of commerce received the country’s highest accreditation rating for chambers, according to an announcement earlier this week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is the only five-star accredited chamber of commerce in the state and its accreditation status was announced Monday during a luncheon in Rogers.

“We are honored to receive the 5-Star accreditation,” said Raymond Burns, president and CEO of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. “The NWA region, our programming, leadership, and staff are all backbones of our organization. It’s important we get it right and that we all pull on the rope in the same direction. The accreditation program has helped us do that. This is a credit and tribute to all of our members.”

Chambers can be accredited with 3, 4 or 5 stars and are required to re-accredit every five years. The Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce has a four-star accreditation and the Searcy Chamber of Commerce is also an accredited member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to the national chamber’s website.

Win Hallett, chair of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Board (president/CEO of the Mobile, Ala., Chamber of Commerce), made the announcement. Hallett noted the many factors that contributed to the chamber’s high accreditation status including:

  • Doing an excellent job of recognizing its volunteers for their efforts on behalf of the Chamber;
  • Providing a diverse array of products and services to its members;
  • Investigating and implementing technology initiatives that will greatly enhance the Chamber’s mission and position in the community;
  • Having a detailed marketing plan that includes strategies for programs and services, as well as for target audiences; and
  • Fostering a well-respected government affairs program.

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce was first accredited in 1991 and is now only one of only 66 chambers of commerce nationwide to be awarded the highest level of accreditation of five stars.  As a 5-Star Accredited chamber, the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce represents the top one percent of chambers in the country, according to a press release from the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

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