Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber Awards Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce with Accredited 5-Star Status

 – By Rapid City Chamber


The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce with Accredited status for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, Vice President, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management.  “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. 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 6-9 months to complete.

A 5-Star accredited Chamber places the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 3% of Chambers in the United States, and the only 5-Star Accredited Chamber in South Dakota,” said Linda Rabe, President and CEO of the Rapid City Chamber.  “We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for our operations, programming, and service to our members and community.” There are 7,022 chambers in the US, only 105 are 5-Star accredited!

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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.



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