Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation

Published Thursday, November 12, 2020

U.S. Chamber Awards the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation

The United States Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with a 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

“We are extremely honored and proud to have once again received a 5-Star Accreditation for the Chamber,” said Tara Watson-Watkins, Chamber President and CEO. “As you recall, we applied last year and were awarded a 4-Star Accreditation, but we had an opportunity to make some changes to our day to day operations and website based on the U.S. Chamber’s suggestions and reapply. Our team truly feels like we earned this status, because we worked so hard on it to make improvements.”

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

“Each day, chambers of commerce across this nation play a critical role in their communities” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management.  “From connecting business owners with needed resources, to advocating on behalf of their region with lawmakers, these chambers convene thought leaders to strengthen the collective voices of their members.”

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.

“To be able to say that we are one of 40 accredited chambers in the state of Texas and one of 22 5-Star Accredited chambers in the entire Lone Star State is an honor and one that we don’t take lightly,” Watson-Watkins said. “We will continue to make sure our Investors know we are working for them and that we will serve as a connector of leaders and influencers, a catalyst for business growth, and a champion for a stronger community.”