Gwinnett Chamber to compete for national award

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently qualified for a national award that honors chambers for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

Gwinnett, which qualified in the category of chambers that collect $1 million or more annually in membership dues, will compete against 88 other chambers for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' Chamber of the Year award, said Demming Bass, the Gwinnett Chamber's vice president of marketing and public policy.

Bass said the Gwinnett Chamber is the only one in Georgia to qualify in its category, which includes regional chambers for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Las Vegas and the state chambers for Michigan, Missouri, Hawaii and Washington.

To qualify for the award, each chamber had to meet or exceed the national average for its dues income level in at least four of seven criteria points, Bass said.

Bass credits the Gwinnett Chamber's membership and leadership with its success.

"We wouldn't be able to do anything if we didn't have the enthusiasm from our membership and leadership," he said.

The Chamber of the Year will be announced during a conference in early August in Sacramento, Calif., where the Gwinnett Chamber will also be presented with two Awards for Communications Excellence.

The awards are for Gwinnett's annual meeting video in the electronic program category and its new brand identity in the chamber image campaign category. This is the second consecutive year Gwinnett has received national communications awards from ACCE.