What Accreditation Means to You

On November 16, 2016 the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded North San Diego Business Chamber with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Accreditation was awarded again on November 4, 2021.

“North San Diego Business Chamber receiving this accreditation is truly an acknowledgment of their excellent work,” said Raymond P. Towle, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “Accredited chambers are recognized for their ability to serve as a resource to their region’s businesses while maintaining transparent governance practices, sound financial controls, safe work environments, effective communications, and value in programming.  They are commended for their continued advocacy of free enterprise and for this tremendous accomplishment.”

The purpose of the U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.

"By being a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accredited Chamber, our Members know we are an accountable organization that is held to the highest standard; a standard by which only 3% of all chambers of commerce nationwide, and only 6 in the state of California meet." – North San Diego Business Chamber President & CEO, Debra Rosen.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. 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.