The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce announced that after completing a comprehensive application, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the organization with 4-Star Accreditation. Less than three percent of all chambers in the nation earn the Accreditation designation.

“The accreditation process, though rigorous and time consuming, was extremely beneficial because it allowed our team to identify and evaluate organizational activities that support our members and community.” said Dr. Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “Having gone through the accreditation process, and as we complete the regional strategic economic development plan in early 2019, we now have a much better understanding of how we reposition or improve the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce programs and resources.”

In recent months, the staff of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce completed the Accreditation process. The organization was asked to demonstrate competency in nine core areas, ranging from finance to facilities.

This is the only national program which recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. Accreditation allows the organization to renew, improve and promote sound business practices, policies and procedures. Accreditation also recognizes the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s support of the principles of free enterprise and promotion of pro-growth policies at the federal, state and local level.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country and the designation lasts for five years.