Naperville chamber recognized for community contributions

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has received 5-Star Accreditation from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

This is the third time the chamber has received the designation.

"Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community," said Raymond P. Towle, of the U.S. Chamber. "We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise."

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. To receive the designation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs and technology.

Officials say the self-review usually takes six to nine months.

Nicki Anderson, president and CEO of the Naperville chamber, said the accreditation "illustrates our commitment to providing our members with excellent resources so they and the business community can thrive."

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.

The Naperville group is the largest suburban chamber in Illinois with an active membership of 1,200.

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