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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