FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Carlos | 985-876-5600 | March 10, 2016
U.S. Chamber Awards the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
with 5-Star Accreditation
HOUMA, LA – The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Houma-Terrebonne
Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational
procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“It was important to me, as the Board Chairwoman, and to the Chamber, that we maintain our
Five Star Accreditation,” said Stephanie Hebert. “This was a huge undertaking and I would like
to commend Earl Eues, Jr. and Kate Theriot who co-chaired the project, as well as the
volunteers on the committees, and the Chamber staff for their tremendous effort in gaining this
recognition for our Chamber.”
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for
positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, Vice
President, Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “We applaud
these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
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. This extensive self-review can take 6-9
months to complete.
“This 5 Star Accreditation status validates our established track record of operating a successful
chamber,” stated Suzanne Nolfo Carlos, President/CEO. “We are proud of this achievement
and will continue to work to improve our programs and services and achieve positive results for
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.
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