4th Annual Chamber Innovation Awards Winners AnnouncedOctober 30, 2017
GrowthZone, provider of ChamberMaster, the market leader of member management software and services, recently announced the winners of its 2017 Chamber Innovation Awards competition.
The competition recognizes innovative programs, events, and ideas that challenge the status quo. Entries were received from a wide array of chamber organizations of all sizes and from across the globe.
The winners were selected by a distinguished panel, including Chamber Pro Frank Kenny, Shari Pash of Strategic Solutions for Growth, and the ChamberMaster team.
Entries were judged on creativity, community impact, value to chamber, value to members, and replicability. The overall competition winner was awarded the $1500 grand prize. Three additional $500 prizes were awarded to the first-place winner in each of the following categories: Small Chamber (400 members or less), Medium Chamber (401-999 members), and Large Chamber (1,000+ members).
The Vail Valley Partnership (CO) was awarded the Grand Prize for its SmartBusiness Eagle County program. Also earning top recognition was the Large Chamber winner, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (MI), with their Moving Flint Forward initiative; the Medium Chamber winner, Visalia Chamber of Commerce (CA), for its Visalia SOUP event; and Small Chamber winner, Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce (NE), for its Strengths Finder Training.
Honorable Mentions included the Plano Chamber of Commerce (TX), Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce (NC), Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (IN), Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (MO), and Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce (WI).
“Each year, the chambers have raised the bar by bringing fresh, imaginative ideas to the forefront of the chamber world. The innovation and creativity of the submissions is truly inspiring. With over 100 entries this year, it was exceedingly difficult to narrow down the finalists. We are grateful to Frank and Shari not only for evaluating the submissions, but for their continued passion for helping member-based organizations grow and succeed,” commented John Cook, GrowthZone VP of Marketing.
The top five innovators will be featured in The Big Book of Chamber Ideas, scheduled for release this fall. This e-book showcases the successes of inventive and forward-thinking organizations.
Check out last year’s winning ideas