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Shawnee Chamber named finalist in Chamber of the Year competition

June 5, 2015

The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce has been named as one of three finalists in their category of the 2015 Chamber of the Year competition by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce is one of three finalists in the category with Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce in Arizona and the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. A total of 15 finalists are grouped in five categories with three chambers in each division competing for the top honor of 2015 Chamber of the Year in their respective category.

Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Each year, the winners not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.

The first hurdle in the Chamber of the Year selection process begins with ACCE’s Operations Survey. To qualify for the award competition, applicants must complete the survey and meet minimum thresholds in at least four of six key performance areas including net revenue, net assets, reserve funds, membership account retention and membership dollar retention.

This past year, according to Shawnee Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Leeper, the Shawnee chamber has added 108 new members, making it one of their strongest years ever.

ACCE staff and the Chamber of the Year volunteer judging committee then determine the competition category for each applicant based on total revenue, member accounts, service area population, number of businesses in the service area and restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue. Applicants are grouped using these factors to ensure a fair competition.

In the last stage of the competition, the judging committee conducts interviews with leaders from each finalist chamber. Winners in each of the five categories of the 2015 Chamber of the Year competition will be announced at ACCE’s Annual Convention, Aug. 11-14 in Montréal.

“It is an honor to be considered at this level for a national award as Chamber of the Year,” Leeper said. “Our staff has worked hard to showcase the accomplishments of the chamber. It’s a true credit to our members, the board of directors and volunteers.”

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