Sugar Land, TX – For the second time, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation ranking it among the top 1.5 percent of the over 7,000 chambers in the nation. Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. 

“Each day, chambers of commerce are working hard to put the American dream within reach of every hardworking business owner” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Vice President of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management.  “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.”

The Accreditation is a lengthy and very intensive process that evaluates the chamber in nine areas including governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, communications, technology, facilities and benchmarking.  To earn the prestigious 5-Star designation, a 90% score or better must be achieved.    The Fort Bend Chamber received a perfect score in five categories. 

“Our members are our priority and they know it. Accreditation is not permanent. This achievement the second time around is significant as it lets our membership know that they are a part of an organization that is continuously improving and meeting our industry’s highest standards in delivering value”, says Keri Schmidt, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Chamber.

The Fort Bend Chamber remains the only 5-Star Accredited chamber in the Greater Houston region.   “Our 5-Star community deserves a 5-Star chamber that advocates for excellence in our community. This designation is a reflection of the professional staff and army of volunteers who serve its mission” says Chairman, Rehan Alimohammad. 

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About the United States Chamber:

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.

About the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce:

The Fort Bend Chamber is the advocate for excellence in Fort Bend County and beyond.  The Fort Bend Chamber is a broad-based business organization whose mission is to serve its members as the voice and advocate of business in Fort Bend County, and as a catalyst for excellence in business and economic growth in the Fort Bend region.  As the most diverse and largest single-county chamber in the nine-county area surrounding the Houston Metroplex, membership provides both immediate and long-term benefits for business and helps build momentum for our community’s future.                 

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