FIVE STAR Accreditation
Comments from Lubbock Chamber President / CEO Eddie McBride
"Each day, our Chamber works hard to put the American dream within reach of hardworking Lubbock business owners. The U.S. Chamber Accreditation designation tells chamber members and the Lubbock business community that we have effective programs, sound finances and we are strong advocates for their interests. Only 217 chambers carry this distinction out of approximately 7,000 chambers in the United States. And only 127, less than 2 percent of these chambers are accredited at the highest 5-Star level. We achieved a perfect score in six of the nine sections: human resources, government affairs, program development, technology, communications, and facilities. This designation is the Lubbock Chamber’s third time to be recognized and we are very proud of this accomplishment."
What is accreditation and what does it mean?
Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The purpose of the U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.
The criteria and standards used in the guidelines become tools for management control and self-discipline—guiding the organization by helping it upgrade and improve its basic effectiveness. Chambers that have earned Accreditation value the process as a worthwhile experience. It has helped them focus attention on the many important factors that add to successful chamber performance.
What are the benefits of becoming accredited?
- Enhances leadership development
- Provides a measuring stick with which to evaluate the quality of the chamber
- Provides better direction for the chamber board and staff
- Helps chambers develop a realistic program of work
- Promotes upgrades in chamber bylaws, policies, and procedures
- Develops pride in the organization
- Helps with membership development
- Brings prestige, respect, and recognition to the chamber