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Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Recognized with National Distinction


Four-Star Accreditation Places Organization in Top One Percent of Chambers in the U.S.

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce was honored with the Accreditation with Four-Star distinction by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23, 2010.

Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce defines excellence and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.

The Accreditation process involved a lengthy review of all Anchorage Chamber programs and services, as well as internal operations. Accreditation places the Anchorage Chamber in the top four percent of the 6,936 chambers nationwide and the four-star distinction places the organization within the top one percent. The Anchorage Chamber is the only accredited chamber of commerce in Alaska.

"This proves the Anchorage Chamber is excelling by national standards and continues to provide value to its members and the business community," says Anchorage Chamber President Sami Glascott. "Accreditation was a rigorous process requiring an intense effort from both board and staff. We are proud of our accomplishment."

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers of commerce 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 three to six months to complete.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with more than 1,200 members representing 70,000 employees. For businesses interested in membership, annual fees are based on the type of organization and number of full-time year-round employees. More information about the Anchorage Chamber is available on its Web site at Anchoragechamber.org or by calling (907) 272-2401.


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