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Greater Greer Chamber Named as Outstanding Chamber of the Year

July 24, 2012

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the organization won two awards last Thursday at the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) Annual Management Conference in Pawley’s Island. The Chamber won the award for “Outstanding Chamber of the Year” out of the five finalists from both South Carolina and North Carolina Chambers. The Greater Greer Chamber also won a Communication Award for an event program design.  

“Each and every person from the staff to the Board of Directors (led by 2011 Chairman Donna Smith and 2012 Chairman John Mansure) played a role in this accomplishment. I would also be remiss if I didn’t recognize the leadership of past volunteer leaders and the former President/CEO, John Kimbrell. Our application was also strengthened by the support of our community partners - the City of Greer, Greer Development Corporation, the Partnership for Tomorrow and the Upstate WIB.  Last but not least, this win is for our members. Each and every day, in every corner of the Upstate, people are opening up their shops, prepping for the lunch crowd, meeting with clients or manufacturing products for people to enjoy all over the world. Those people and their organizations invested their hard earned money in the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. Their vote of confidence is greater than any award. This win is especially for them,” stated Allen Smith, President/CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Plans are underway for a community wide celebration. The Chamber will publicize the event specifics as they become available.

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

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 650 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit



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