Olathe Chamber of Commerce Earns U.S. Chamber 5-Star Accreditation

Olathe Chamber of Commerce Earns U.S. Chamber 5-Star Accreditation

Designation places Olathe Chamber in top 1 percent in nation

OLATHE, KS – The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Olathe Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Only 3 percent of the nation’s chambers are accredited and only 1 percent has earned a 5-Star ranking, the highest level of designation from the organization.

“Achieving this level of accreditation reaffirms the importance of our mission, our impact on the community and the overall outstanding vision and work of our staff, members, volunteers and community partners,” Olathe Chamber CEO Tim McKee said. “It’s validation that we are doing things the right way.

“As the largest chamber in Johnson County and the second largest in the Kansas City area, we are proud to be one of the only three chambers in the state to be accredited.”

This past year, the Olathe Chamber staff and Board of Directors spent countless hours completing the Accreditation process. The task: demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities. The result of the hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. But in truth, everyone at the Olathe Chamber should be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.

The only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement, Accreditation allows the Olathe Chamber to renew, improve, and promote sound business practices, policies, and procedures.

This is the third time that the Olathe Chamber has earned the highest distinction. We first received accreditation from the U.S. Chamber in 1996 and earned the 5-Star designation the first time it was made available in 2008, and again in 2013. Reaccreditation takes place every five years.

“Each day, chambers of commerce are working hard to put the American dream within reach of every hardworking business owner,” U.S. Chamber Vice President of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE said.  “The Accreditation designation tells chamber members as well as the greater business community, this is an organization that has effective programs, sound finances, and is a strong advocate for their interests.”

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 six to nine months to complete. 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 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.