The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) with three star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. The Chamber joins the top 3 percent of all chambers in the nation who are Accredited as both the only accredited Chamber in New Jersey and the only African American Chamber in the US Chamber of Commerce federation to hold this distinction.

Ali Ehrlich, IOM, CAE Director of Operations | Political Affairs & Federation Relations | U.S. Chamber of Commerce and John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM,USCC Committee of 100 Annual Conference March 2019

With approximately 7,000 chambers across the country, accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by Accredited state and local chambers of commerce.

“This accreditation is a testament to the talent that exists within our Staff and Board of Directors, and our commitment to excellence and advancing the mission of our organization, moreover we are determined to push back on adverse perceptions, both within NJ and across the country about blacks and our ability to add value to the free enterprise system in America, said John E. Harmon, Sr., CEO and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. “We are extremely proud of the partnerships that we have forged with NJ corporations, Republican and Democratic state legislators, county and municipal governments and the Murphy administration to achieve all that we have accomplished to date.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement.

The AACCNJ received Special Recognition in the following areas:

  • The chamber is recognized for its continued involvement with Institute for Organization
  • The chamber is recognized for its Executive Level and Staff Development Training Series as well as its Business Forums, and multiple visits with lawmakers to discuss the needs of the business community.
  • The chamber achieved a perfect score in the Facilities section.

“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 only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance.

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. 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.

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