Daytona Regional Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation

The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce added a feather to its cap with the receipt of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 5-Star distinction.

 “Chambers that achieve this level of Accreditation distinction are truly leaders in their industry,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber Vice President, in a chamber media release.  “Their rigorous review included all aspects of the chamber’s policies, operations, and programming. To earn the distinction of becoming Accredited, it is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership.”

The local chamber was recognized for its ability to serve as a resource to businesses in the region, as well as maintaining transparent governing practices, sound financial controls, effective communications, a safe work environment and valuable programming, according to the release.

The accreditation process consists of nine application sections that are reviewed and completed by members of the local chamber who serve on the Accreditation Committee.

“It is our goal to always strive to utilize best practices to keep ahead of trends and to provide exceptional service to our members and community,” said Nancy Keefer, Daytona Regional Chamber president and CEO, in the release. “This highest level of accreditation validates the impactful work and the leadership of the Board of Directors, the engagement of our members, and the professional staff at the Daytona Regional Chamber.”

In an interview with EVOLVE, Keefer said the chamber was first accredited in 2017 by the U.S. Chamber. Local chambers are required to reapply for the recognition every five years.

Keefer said accreditation is important and “means that we  strive to provide impactful programs, advocate for a fair and equitable business environment, form partnerships and collaborate to build a strong economy, workforce, and provide a platform for businesses to succeed.”

It also sends a strong signal to businesses that they have a voice in the community with the chamber.

“It’s very important to have a strong chamber,” Keefer said in the interview. “Because the Chamber has built a solid foundation of organizational excellence, we can focus on solving business issues and community challenges.  The diversity of the members who support the chamber allows for a comprehensive plan of action on behalf of its members. An investment in

 Regional Chamber in the top 3% of chambers in the country. Additionally, there are only 12 chambers in the State of Florida that are accredited, according to the release.