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Date ArticleType
11/18/2014 General

Nov. 18, 2014

Media Contact:
Brad Dickerson
Media Communications Manager
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB
O: (843) 916-7235 / C: (843) 421-6699

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Receives Five-Star Accreditation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce with Five-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.

This prestigious honor puts the MBACC within the top 2 percent of chambers nationwide.

“I am extremely proud of the entire staff for all their hard work in making this five-star accreditation possible,” said Diana Greene, executive vice president of membership for the MBACC. “The application process took several months, and was very comprehensive. I commend each and every chamber employee for all their hard work not just with this application, but each and every day. I also have to thank our amazing board of directors and committees and councils for all they do. Their dedication and tireless efforts are what earned our organization this wonderful distinction.”

Of the 7,077 chambers of commerce in the United States, 213 of them are accredited. Out of that number, 89 are five-star chambers.

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 six to nine months to complete.

“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.”

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About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit