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October 24, 2023

chamber staff smile with CACCE award inside chamber lobbySUMMERVILLE, S.C.—The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has received the prestigious 2023 Outstanding Chamber of the Year recognition from the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE).

The chamber was presented with the top honor at the association’s Annual Management Conference held Oct 18-20, 2023, in Summerville, S.C. The association recognizes two chambers with the Chamber of the Year award each fall. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia (S.C.) Chamber received the award among the chambers with less than 700 members, while Myrtle Beach Area Chamber received the award among chambers with over 700 members.

The 2023 Outstanding Chamber of the Year award evaluates chambers for their significant achievements during the past 18 months and recognizes those that showcase positive, measurable results in various aspects of their organization. To qualify for the award, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber submitted an 11-page application outlining some of its key achievements throughout 2022 and 2023. Highlights included:

  • Maintaining a five-star accreditation with U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 2010
  • Leading the nation in post-pandemic tourism recovery
  • Establishing the Partnership Grand Strand community foundation
  • Launching a Keep America Beautiful-affiliate organization
  • Creating new networking and educational events such as Ignite Women’s Conference
  • Updating membership structure to provide more added value offerings
  • Hiring a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a Community Engagement Manager
  • Holding a 94 percent member retention rate

“We’re so pleased to receive this award from CACCE. It’s a true testament to the unwavering dedication and collaboration of our incredible team and devoted members, the support of our community, and our steadfast commitment to promote, protect and improve Myrtle Beach,” said MBACC President and CEO Karen Riordan. “This is not only a moment of pride, but a continued call to serve our community and the entire region as we all work toward progress for our beloved Grand Strand.”

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ABOUT: Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) is the professional development organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for chamber of commerce executives and staff members in North Carolina and South Carolina. CACCE equips chamber of commerce professionals with leadership skills and tools to build innovative chambers. The organization was formed in 1994 when the North Carolina and South Carolina state chamber associations merged. For more information on CACCE, or any of CACCE’s conferences or programs, contact Tiffany Fulmer Ott at 404-312-0524. 

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