Cobb Chamber receives top national accreditation

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the 7,000 chambers in the nation with its 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Shown here is the staff of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy of Cobb Chamber)

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The Cobb Chamber of Commerce is ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the 7,000 chambers in the nation with its 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Shown here is the staff of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy of Cobb Chamber)

The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Cobb Chamber with 5-Star Accreditation, ranking it among the top 1.5 percent of the 7,000 chambers in the nation.

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce news release.

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 six to nine months to complete.

“We are thrilled for the U.S. Chamber to recognize us among the top 1.5 percent of the 7,000 chambers in the nation as a 5-star accredited chamber of commerce,” said Cobb Chamber President and CEO Sharon Mason.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars.

The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

Information: USchamber.com, CobbChamber.org