November 13, 2019
Contact: Karen Kim
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Office: (972) 335-9522 | Cell: (972) 900-9651
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FRISCO, TX The United States Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded the Frisco Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“It is critical that business leaders have a voice in the debates that will shape the business climate in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Vice President of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Accreditation recognizes a chamber’s work to foster a healthy business climate that enhances the quality of life for its members and its community.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers 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 six to nine months to complete.
“The entire Frisco Chamber of Commerce team, board, and members contributed to this accomplishment,” said Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. “In 2014, we received a 4-star Accreditation on our first attempt ever at accreditation. In the five years since, we have strived to excel and improve in several areas. Knowing that being a 5-star accredited chamber puts us in the top two percent of all chambers is a great accomplishment.”
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. Currently, only 217 of 7,000 chambers carry the distinction of being Accredited.
The Frisco Chamber earned a perfect score in four of the nine areas reviewed. “At the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, we talk about continuous improvement. We won’t stop here!” Felker said. “We will continue to work to achieve even higher standards to contribute to our business community and the community as a whole.”
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About the US Chamber of Commerce
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.
About the Frisco Chamber of Commerce
The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce that consists of approximately 1,300 member businesses who provide goods and services to the growing, bustling economy in Frisco and the surrounding area. The mission of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote commerce, through advocacy, resources, and connections. For more information, visit www.friscochamber.com.
Karen Kim, IOM
Karen Kim currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. She has over 20 years of marketing, management, communication, and graphic design experience in a variety of industries. Karen is an avid reader (ask her what she is currently reading and it will make her day!) and loves to write! Her favorite day of the week? Every day! She is a graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XXII and has recently earned an IOM designation through the US Chamber of Commerce. Karen's Top 5 Strengths: Ideation | Significance | Strategic | Learner | Input.