Chamber Awarded 4-Star Accreditation

Good news! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded your chamber with a 4-Star Accreditation. This prestigious honor puts the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce among the top 3% of chambers nationwide.

This past year, a committee of staff, members, and volunteers spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process. The Chamber volunteers who assisted with this process include Bill Flint (First National Bank), Clay Gibbs (Cornhusker Public Power District), Lynette Hogelin (Lynette’s Dance Studio), Travis Kassing (Applied Connective Technologies), Kim Kwapnioski (Congressman Fortenberry’s Office), Bonnie McPhillips (Columbus Housing Authority), Mark Mercer (Cornerstone Bank), Scott Messersmith (Columbus Community Hospital), and Kurt Shevlin (ServiceMaster by Shevlin).

The task was to demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities.

“The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating,” said 2018-19 Board Chairman Dennis Grennan. “But in truth, we should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.”

The only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, Accreditation helps renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures.

Local chambers can earn Accredited levels of 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are awarded either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. Final determination is made by U.S. Chamber board members and executives from across the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]