Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is 5-Star Accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. Local chambers of commerce are accredited for a period of five years. Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been accredited since 1983, and our current accreditation is valid through 2017.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars by the U.S. Chamber. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
Of the 6,936 chambers in the United States, 234 are accredited. These elite chambers represent the top four percent of all chambers in the U.S. Forty-eight chambers are accredited. One hundred five chambers are 3-Star, 103 chambers are 4-Star and just 38 chambers, or 14 percent, are 5-Star.
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 its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications and technology. This extensive self-review can take three to six months to complete and is a joint effort between staff and more than 40 volunteers. Volunteers give unique insight into Chamber programs, events and services. It is their valuable input that helps form new programs and enhances existing programs to meet the ever-changing needs of our Membership.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region. Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a 5-Star Chamber to best serve the needs of you, our Members!
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