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  • Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce Receives Certified Plus Chamber Designation

    October 01, 2015
    First Chamber in Four County Region to Receive Designation from Florida Association of Chamber Professionals

    Lake Mary, Fla. (October 2, 2015) – With a significantly high score on its application to become a "Certified Chamber," the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) has designated the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Certified Plus Chamber, the first in the four-county metropolitan Orlando area.
     
    The Certified Plus designation recognizes high standards in all aspects of business, from innovation to following strict standard operating procedures. Included in the application are details of every portion of the chamber's business, including organization management, professional administration, financial management and marketing/public relations.
     
    Only 16 chambers in Florida have received this designation.
     
    "We are blessed in Seminole County to have assembled a great team at the chamber who have taken innovation to heart," says Debbie Cotton, COO, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. "With support from the board, these innovations have shown in our nearly 30 percent growth of membership in the past two years."

    Since 2013, the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce has implemented new programs, such as:
    • Investment-based memberships where companies can invest based on the services they receive
    • A series of regular events, such geographically-targeted area councils and industry-targeted SeminoleTech , which are free and focused on growing small businesses.
    • Exclusive events for larger investors featuring high-profile speakers.
    • A monthly payment plan to allow small businesses invest at higher levels.
    • Member benefits, such as company news and events being broadcast to the community free of charge.
    In, 2003, FACP implemented the distinction of Florida Certified Chamber to recognize standards of professional excellence in Florida. In 2012, the association enhanced its certification program to include a Certified Plus designation, for chambers of commerce that score an 86 or above during the judging process or are an Accredited Chamber through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both the Certified and Certified Plus designations recognize chambers that have met high standards and strengthened free enterprise by protecting the business environment. 

    “The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals congratulates the recipients of this prestigious distinction,” said Tammy C. Bracewell, Executive Director of FACP.  “We are proud of each Chamber’s dedication and commitment to excellence within the business community.  The Certified Chamber of Commerce program sets standards within the industry and recognizes chambers that have met those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness.  In many ways, it is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for a chamber of commerce.”

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    Contact: Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470, alan@byrdconnections.com
     
    Contact:
    Ray Villegas, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
    Rvillegas@seminolebusiness.org, (407) 708-4605
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