The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a Five-Star Accreditation by the Accrediting Board of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the highest level of accreditation offered by the U.S. Chamber. This prestigious honor puts the organization among the top one percent of chambers nationwide.
The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning, performance and community involvement. To achieve Accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, finance and technology. This extensive review can take from six to nine months to complete. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.
TheFive-Star Accreditation is a distinction attained by only 75 chambers nationwide. Of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the U.S., only234 are accredited—rated Accredited, Three-Stars, Four-Stars or Five-Stars. With more than 600 chambers in the state of California, only 13 are accredited, and of those only five have been awarded Five-Stars.
“This is the first time we have attained the top honors of a Five-Star Accreditation. We are so fortunate to be an integral part of this community and are thrilled to have earned such distinction and recognition from the U.S. Chamber. We look forward to doing even more for our members in the days to come—it’s our passion,” says Jill Lederer, President/CEO of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Our chamber’s mission is to enhance the profitability of businesses in the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, and we will continue to strive for the best through leadership, political action and dynamic programs to promote economic vitality for our members and community.”
The U.S. Chamber gave special recognition to the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber in many areas, including the Buy Conejo program, a robust government affairs program and an excellent job of recognizing its volunteers.
“The tenets of our chamber’s values statement are to serve the businesses of the Conejo Valley, promote economic vitality, create value for our members and be accountable in offering innovative and effective programs for members and the community at large,” says Phil Koonce, Chamber Chairman of the Board. “Earning a Five Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber is recognition that we are heading in the right direction.”
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce was established in 1939 and has been an accredited chamber since 1974, most recently with a four star accreditation. It is the official chamber for the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills.
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.