SACC has earned Accreditation since 1966 and is the only accredited chamber in Maryland. Of the 6,936 chambers in the United States, 223 of these are Accredited. These elite chambers represent the top 3% of all chambers in the U.S.
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community.
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce was once again awarded with 4-Star Accreditation in 2012.
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 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.
The national accreditation statistics are as follows:
- 17 are Accredited – 8%
- 48 are 3-star – 22%
- 75 are 4-star – 35%
- 77 are 5-star – 35%
2015 - Maryland's Most Small Business Friendly Chamber
- On October 16, 2003, President-Elect Stephanie Willey accepted a United States Department of Labor New Freedom Initiative Award as recognition of SACC’s efforts through the Eastern Shore Business Leadership to help the handicapped enter the workforce. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao presented this honor at a luncheon in the Department of Labor’s Great Hall.
- The Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network earned the United States BLN’s Chapter of the Year Award on November 7, 2003. The ESBLN, a Salisbury Area Chamber Sub-committee, was honored for its demonstrated growth in services and support to people with disabilities, innovative best practices, and an exceptional impact on employers during the year. This presentation was made to ESBLN Executive Director Jack Smith at the national BLN Conference in San Francisco, California.
- On December 4, 2003, the Center for Corporate Citizenship recognized the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce for its leadership in opening the workforce to persons with disabilities through active support of the Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network. “The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, and all the award winners and nominees, represents the best of a business making a difference in its community,” said Thomas J. Donohue, Chamber President and CEO. “The leadership of the Salisbury Chamber serves as an inspiration for others to follow.” The award was present at Corporate Citizenship Awards Dinner in the International Hall of Flags of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Accepting the award for the Salisbury Chamber was President Gamee Elliott.
- In 2011, SACC received the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Leadership Award. The award pays tribute to area business leaders for their contributions to the university and greater community.
- In May 2012, SACC was awarded the Salisbury University President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award from Salisbury University for its contributions to the community through promoting economic prosperity, beautifying the area and supporting cooperation among businesses.
- In May 2015, SACC was awarded 2nd place in the "Maryland's Most Small Business Friendly Chamber" competition.