The Osceola Chamber,  which has been named “Chamber of the Year” in the state of Florida three times, was recently awarded the designation of ‘Accredited with 5 Stars’ for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community from The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.

The Osceola Chamber President/CEO John Newstreet said of the Accreditation news, “The Chamber’s tagline states ‘Business Works Better Together,’ and it is to the credit of our members, board, Chairman, and staff that we were able to demonstrate that message to our accreditors and walk away with a distinction that puts us among the top 3% of Chambers in the United States.”

 “Only 12 other Chambers in the state of Florida are accredited – only nine with five stars. I’d like to thank the Chamber staff for pursuing this accolade and can’t wait to celebrate with my fellow directors and Chamber members, 2022 Chairman Kevin Crain said.”

“Chambers of commerce that achieve an Accreditation designation are truly leaders in their industry.” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, Federation Relations and IOM. “This rigorous review includes all aspects of a chamber’s policies, operations, and programming. When chambers of commerce earn the distinction of becoming Accredited, it is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership. Accredited chambers are recognized for their ability to serve as a resource to their region’s businesses while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, effective communications, and value in programming. They are commended for their continued advocacy of free enterprise, and for their commitment to serving members and their local businesses. Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment.”

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

The mission of The Osceola Chamber is to be champions for business and the Osceola community. The Osceola Chamber is now a nationally accredited five-star chamber and three-time “Chamber of the Year” for the state of Florida.