Contact: Paige G. Hutto 334-264-2112
CCAA Names 8 Local chambers as Accredited Alabama Chambers of Commerce
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that eight local chambers of commerce have received the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction (AACC).
Those receiving the AACC were – Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Sumter County Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber, Gadsden & Etowah County.
The announcement was made at the CCAA’s summer convention in Point Clear, AL.
One of the most prestigious programs of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama is the Accredited Alabama Chamber program. The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program sets standards of excellence for chambers in the state of Alabama. It recognizes chambers that have achieved those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness.
The Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program is designed to promote public awareness of chambers as community development, business membership organizations.
Through the peer review process, the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce program looks at six standard topics: organization, mission focus, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy. Recipients must meet or exceed the benchmarks set forth through the process.
“As one of CCAA’s most prestigious programs, the Accredited Alabama 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 Dean Mitchell, Executive Director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the CCAA’s 2021 Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Paige G. Hutto, President and CEO of the CCAA, commended the recipients by saying, “The commitment shown by each local chamber that receives the Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction shows their continued pursuit of high professional standards and assures their business members they are investing in an organization working on their behalf for the greater good. These chambers are good stewards of their resources, provide valuable benefit to their members, and are catalyst for economic prosperity within the communities they serve.”
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.