WESTMINSTER - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has been re-accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The local chamber was first accredited in 1984. There are more than 5,000 commerce chambers in the United States, but only 557 are accredited; 11 in Maryland.
The accreditation program was instituted by the U.S. chamber to recognize effective organization performance. It is a voluntary program developed to provide a method by which local chambers may make a self-study and analysis.
The organization prepares and submits an evaluation report for initial accreditation and every five years for re-accreditation.
The committee in charge of the Evaluation Report for Accreditation for the local chamber was chaired by James Melhorn, president of Fairhaven.
The accreditation program has four purposes: * To define standards of planning and performance in chamber of commerce work and to show how these standards can be reached and maintained.
* To measure achievement.
* To give recognition and encouragement to organizations and staff members who meet basic standards of operations and performance, and who are contributing in a meaningful and effective way to the good of the community and the country.
* To upgrade and improve voluntary organization of business and professional people.
The local chamber was cited as an organization meeting standards of performance in planning and programming and conducting a well-balanced and productive program of work.