Chamber of the Year Nomination

 


Julie Johns Cole, Executive Director (2nd from left), and Dusky Loebel, Associate Director (third from left), accept the 2014 Chamber of the Year award on behalf of the Zionsville Chamber. Presenting the awrad on behalf of ICEA are Jeff Rea, IOM, ICEA Vice Chair for Professional Development (left) and David Daugherty, IOM, AE, ICEA Chair (right).



OUTSTANDING CHAMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Dead-line to apply:  December 15, 2014

 

About the Award

The Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award recognizes organizational excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique benchmarking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership/governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.

Eligibility

Members of ICEA in good standing during the year the award is presented are eligible to apply. Non-ICEA chambers are not eligible but may submit exhibition entries.

Benefits to Applicants

All eligible applicants receive:

●  Letter to their Board of Directors recognizing their application;

●  Listing on ICEA website and announcement to ICEA members;

●  Recognition in a press release;

●  A copy of adjudication remarks, if available;

●  Assistance with expanding the application for accreditation.

Applications and Deadlines

The Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award applications are due by December 15.  Do not send promotional items such as mugs, posters, t-shirts, or other oversized items that do not fit in a binder format; these items will not be considered as part of the application.

Send three copies of all materials in separate binders along with a non-refundable $60 application fee to:  ICEA Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award, P.O. Box 377, Hanover IN 47243.

Adjudication

●  One award will be presented annually. If no entries are received or no entries that achieve a minimum of 80 points, there will be no award presented for that year;

●  Entries are judged on innovation, effectiveness and quality of results;

●  Essays will only be judged based on the first page; additional pages will be disregarded;

●  Previous award recipients may re-apply annually;

●  Finalists will be notified by March 1 and the winner will be announced at the ICEA Annual Winter Leadershp Conference;

●  ICEA does not comment on applications; members of other Midwest/Great Lakes CCE organizations will judge entries;

●  All awards are final.

Benefits to Award Recipient

Award winners receive a plaque, a publicity pack including an official seal for promotional use and recognition at your chamber’s annual awards banquet.

 

OUTSTANDING CHAMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented annually at the ICEA Winter Leadership Conference

Chamber of Commerce:___________________________________________________________________

Applicant Name:________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:_________________________________________________________________________

Telephone:____________________________Fax:_____________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________Website:_________________________________

Number of Members:_________________________Number of Employees:_________________________

 

In all cases, use the most current completed fiscal year as the time period in question.

Membership Classification                                                             Chamber Budget Size

□  Fewer than 500 Members                                                            □  Less than $250,000

□  500 – 1,000 members                                                   ```````       □  $250,001 - $500,000

□  More than 1,000 members                                                          □  $500,001 - $1,000,000

                                                                                                                □  Greater than $1,000,000

Leadership & Governance (15 points)

Provide examples of the following and limit essay responses to 1 page or less:

□  Mission Statement                                                          □  Strategic Plan

□  Organizational Chart

□  ESSAY:  How has your chamber demonstrated leadership in your community?

□  ESSAY:  What efforts has the chamber undertaken to enhance the level of business activity or commerce in your chamber service area?

 

Finance (15 points)

Provide examples of the following and limit essay responses to one page or less:

□  Operating Budget                           

□  Financial Statements

□  ESSAY:  How has the chamber planned for future financial management?

 

Advocacy (35 points)

Provide examples of the following and limit essay responses to 1 page or less:

□  Press Releases, Published Articles, letters to the Editor or other examples of the chamber’s advocacy activity

□  ESSAY:  What are the advocacy priorities for the Chamber?

□  ESSAY:  How has the chamber demonstrated advocacy for its members at the local, regional, state, or national levels?

□  ESSAY:  How has the Chamber communicated positions with the media, the community, and its members?

 

Programming & Membership Development (35 points)

Provide examples of the following and limit essay response to 1 page or less:

□  Newsletters, magazines, e-mail bulletins or other communication samples

□  Chamber promotion or membership recruitment examples

□  Number of members at the beginning of the year:________

□  Number of members at time of application:_________

□  ESSAY:  What was the Chamber’s strategy for recruiting and retaining members in its last fiscal year?

□  ESSAY:  How has the Chamber used volunteers, incentives, or goals to assist in membership development?

□  ESSAY:  What new or innovative services have the Chamber created to attract, retain, or serve members?

□  ESSAY:  How has the Chamber incorporated technology into its strategies for effective performance and/or to enhance member services?

Promotional Information

Name of Board Chair:_____________________________________________________________________________

Organization:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

 

Preferred Media Contacts:

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Name:__________________________________________________________________________________

Media Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________________________________

E-Mail:________________________________________________________________________________________

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