June 8, 2023 – Barren Inc. The Barren County Chamber of Commerce (Barren Inc.) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Chamber of the Year award, presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE is an association based in Alexandria, Va., that has over 1,600 chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations as members, representing more than 9,000 professionals in the industry.
This recognition highlights the outstanding achievements and contributions of Barren Inc. in fostering economic growth, supporting local businesses, and enhancing the overall quality of life in our community.
The Chamber of the Year award presented annually is a highly esteemed accolade that recognizes chambers of commerce for their exceptional performance and commitment to their members and community. It serves as a benchmark for excellence in chamber operations and represents the highest level of achievement in the chamber industry.
“This year's finalists truly represent excellence in the chamber industry,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Through their roles as community partners, thought leaders and innovative problem solvers, each has demonstrated what it means to be a catalyst for growth and regional prosperity. We congratulate them on this achievement.”
As one of three finalists among a highly competitive field of applications from top chambers of commerce worldwide, Barren Inc. has demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and dedication to advancing the interests of local businesses.
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas in ACCE’s Annual Chamber Operations Survey, including net revenue and assets, membership account retention and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists.
To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into four categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population and other factors.
In the upcoming final phase of the selection process, Barren Inc. will have the opportunity to participate in an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals. This interview will serve as a platform to further showcase the exceptional qualities that set our chamber apart. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an interview.
"We are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2023 Chamber of the Year award," said Maureen Carpenter, President/CEO of Barren Inc. "This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible staff, board members, volunteers, and, most importantly, our valued members. We remain committed to supporting the growth and success of local businesses and working collaboratively to ensure a prosperous future for our community."
Chamber of the Year winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1, during the Awards Show at ACCE’s Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Regardless of the outcome, Barren Inc. considers this recognition a significant milestone and a reflection of its ongoing commitment to excellence.
About Barren Inc. Barren County Chamber of Commerce:
Barren Inc. The Barren County Chamber of Commerce is a prominent business organization dedicated to empowering and representing its members in Barren and surrounding Counties With a diverse membership base, Barren Inc. serves as a catalyst for economic growth, fostering connections, and providing resources to support the success of local businesses.
To learn more about Barren Inc., visit www.barreninc.com.
About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives:
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is the professional society supporting the women and men who lead local, regional, statewide and international chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations. Our membership includes more than 1,600 business/civic organizations worldwide. We provide our members with information resources, thought leadership, education programs, original research, benchmarking, retirement security, and access to a network of peers.