Surpassing industry standards, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce recently emerged from its most recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce review with the highest possible 5-star rating, signifying a place in the nation’s top 1 percent.
Only 105 groups hold this highest possible rating among approximately 7,000 local chambers nationwide. President and CEO J. David Jameson observed that the Greater Aiken Chamber has maintained 5-star status for a decade. Aiken’s Chamber leaders expressed pride in the accomplishment, noting improved scores over previous reviews and special credit in several areas: internal orientation programs; a comprehensive policy manual supporting staff professional development; and advocacy for diversity and effectiveness in the regional business community.
The Chamber also earned kudos for improving area workforce development and landing a perfect score in governance, human resources, program development, technology, communications and facilities areas.
National accreditation, a months-long process, recognizes the collaborative efforts of many volunteers, staffers and board members. The procedure allows chambers not only to review their past performance but also to chart a course for the future.
In addition to Jameson, Aiken’s current chairs include Arthur “Buzz” Rich, Steve Wilson, Dr. Deidre Martin, Rep. Bart Blackwell, Fran Jones and Charlie Hartz.
“The 5-Star Accreditation validates the Aiken Chamber as having effective programs that benefit the local economy and influence the community,” Rich said. “Congratulations for consistently staying true to the Chamber’s mission to create opportunities for members to build successful businesses and to enhance the quality of life for all.”