Hub City’s chamber best in the nation

The city’s biggest friend of local businesses has received a top honor. The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce was named National Chamber of the Year.

According to a release from the Lafayette chamber, staffers got official word of their win in Los Angeles the evening of Aug. 4 at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ annual convention. The award is given for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

“This is a tremendous honor that only up to four chambers in four categories may receive annually recognizing the chamber as among the best in the nation,” the local chamber noted in announcing the award. Applicants are judged by a panel of peers and previous award recipients from across the country.

The national recognition is the latest for the Lafayette Chamber. Earlier in 2011, the Chamber earned reaccreditation with a five-star rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The five-star accreditation places the Lafayette organization in the top 1 percent of some 7,000 chambers across the U.S.

In other chamber news, the not-for-profit’s Leadership Lafayette, a nationally recognized program in which 25 movers and shakers come together each year to participate, is taking applications for its 2012 session. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 28. — Heather Miller

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