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The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.


“Chambers of commerce 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 members with lawmakers, each day these outstanding chambers convene thought leaders and strengthen the collective voices of their members.”


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.

“We are really proud to represent the Sauk Valley Area member businesses and this community. The accreditation recognition verifies to our members that we work diligently to maintain the highest standards, implement effective programs, and impact change in areas important to our member businesses and organizations as well as resident of the Sauk Valley.” Shared Kris Noble, Executive Director.


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 Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has been accredited since 1972 and this year received a 5-star rating; the highest level of Accreditation given by the United States Chamber of Commerce.


There are over 7,000 active Chambers of Commerce in the United States; with 208 having the distinction of being accredited. 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 mission of the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is to Enhance the Economic Climate and Quality of Life in the Sauk Valley Area.