SAN ANTONIO, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Chamber of Commerce has announced that the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been selected as a 5-Star Accredited chamber and become the only chamber with this designation in San Antonio.
Chambers of commerce that are more effective at helping their member businesses always are open to improvement. This accreditation process evaluates a chamber's finances, member services, advocacy, small business programs, economic impact, trade efforts, and leadership success. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 5-Star designation is good for five years. In 2009, the Hispanic Chamber first received 4-Star Accreditation and was the first Hispanic chamber to be selected in the U.S.
"Accreditation is one of the highest honors bestowed on chambers that support pro-growth and economic policies at the federal, state, and local level," said Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "This distinction honors the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber's commitment to helping advance the principles of free enterprise – the bedrock of our great country."
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.
"The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber prides itself in providing our more than 1,000 members with first-class programs and services," said Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. "This 5-Star designation reaffirms our commitment to economic growth in our city and our promise to advocating on behalf of small businesses."
Out of more than 7,000 chambers in the U.S., the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the only Hispanic Chamber to achieve five-star accreditation and holds this high-level approval rating set by the high standards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is San Antonio's leading resource and advocate for Hispanic businesses, Hispanics in business, and provides premiere access to the Hispanic market. Founded in 1929, the Hispanic Chamber's mission is to help small businesses grow, expand international trade, raise educational levels, develop new leaders and represent the interests of the growing Hispanic community.
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