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Date: 3/15/2021

Blount County Chamber Awarded Fourth Consecutive 5-Star Accreditation

Maryville, Tenn. -- The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Blount County Chamber with Five-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. The Blount Chamber, which consists of more than 1,300 member businesses and organizations from Blount and surrounding counties, has been accredited for the past 42 years and awarded five-star status four consecutive times.

“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, Vice President, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “We applaud this organization for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”

“Being a five-star chamber since the U.S. Chamber began awarding that designation 15 years ago is a tribute to our industrious staff working for our community and stakeholders,” said Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president/CEO. "This award is a reflection of our dedication to serving the business community, especially those small businesses that are the lifeblood of Blount County."

Occurring every five years, 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 6-9 months to complete.

"The accreditation process is a great checks and balances system to make sure we are operating at the highest level compared with our peers," said Tammi Ford, Blount Partnership vice president in charge of chamber operations. "It's great recognition for our current and past boards, volunteers and members to show that we are focused on making Blount County a prosperous community."


Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members. There are 133 5-Star chambers among more than 7,000 nationwide, including four in Tennessee.

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.