CCAA Names 3 Local Chambers as Alabama Accredited Chambers of Commerce

2022 CCAA Chair Crystal Brown (l) presents the AACC designation to Erin Grantham, Enterprise Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Paige Hutto, CCAA president & CEO (r).
(l to r) 2022 CCAA Chair Crystal Brown, Olivia Bradford, Shoals Chamber; Caitlin Holland, Shoals Chamber; and CCAA president & CEO Paige Hutto. The Shoals Chamber of Commerce received their AACC designation during the CCAA Executive Leadership Conference.

The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that 3 local chambers of commerce have received the Alabama Accredited Chamber of Commerce distinction (AACC).  

The North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce was successful in renewing their accreditation and were joined by first time recipients Enterprise Area Chamber of Commerce and Shoals Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made at the recently held CCAA Executive Leadership Conference in Tuscaloosa.

One of the most prestigious programs of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama is the Alabama Accredited Chamber program. The program sets standards of excellence for chambers in the state of Alabama. It recognizes chambers that have achieved those standards while offering guidelines to improve effectiveness.

The Alabama Accredited Chamber of Commerce program is designed to promote public awareness of the intent of the chamber of commerce brand as a not-for-profit community development- based business membership organization by providing a peer review process of generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks. Chambers applying for the designation are reviewed in six areas: organization, mission focus, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy.

 “As one of CCAA’s most prestigious programs, the Alabama Accredited Chamber of Commerce program shows that each chamber receiving the distinction is committed to the highest standards of organization management.  This distinction recognizes local chambers of commerce in Alabama that strengthen free enterprise by protecting their local business environment,” said Crystal Brown, president & CEO, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and 2022 CCAA chairwoman of the board.  “They most certainly represent the highest standards in our profession.”

Paige G. Hutto, president and CEO of CCAA, added that the three local chambers of commerce receiving the designation work tirelessly for the betterment of their communities and our state.

“Accreditation is 100% voluntary and is a rigorous process,” Hutto said. “Through the application process these chambers are benchmarking themselves as the best of the best. Their investors and stakeholders know that they are investing in a top rate, professional organization. Our state is better for the work being done by these chambers and the other twenty accredited chambers.”

Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama has remained dedicated to advancing the goal that chambers of commerce are the premier local business advocate in the State of Alabama. In conjunction with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), a non-partisan organization, the two groups, through the BCA/CCAA Partnership represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every day.