Member Benefits
Affiliation with IACCE provides valuable benefits:

  • Access to a statewide network of successful, experienced chamber of commerce professionals who are available by telephone or through face-to-face contact at conferences.
  • Exposure to creative, usable ideas on all facets of chamber of commerce management including membership recruitment, working with volunteers, legislation, economic development, events and fundraising.
  • Early awareness of emerging trends and assistance in dealing with those trends.
  • Opportunities to learn what other chambers are encountering, what they are doing, and how your experience compares with theirs.

Annual Conferences

IACCE hosts an annual conference which is held in early November. It is designed to bring professional perspectives and experience from around the nation, the region and the state to support the continual informational and skill development needs of professional chamber executives.

Other Professional Developmental Opportunities

In addition, IACCE annually supports and promotes other regional and national conferences and programs sponsored by partner organizations such as the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Chamber Executives, American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the conferences, attendees have exposure to creative, usable ideas on every facet of chamber of commerce management including membership recruitment, working with volunteers, economic development, events and fundraising.

The Membership Newsletter

The newsletter, sent out electronically, provides regular informational updates. These contain current articles on important issues, announce new member services, summarize member surveys and shares information on other chambers' programs throughout the state.

Online Web and Mobile Access Listing

IACCE members can not only post their website links to their membership listing on the online membership directory, but also become part of the IACCE's Chamber Search Engine© and webapp for mobile devices. A Traffic Catcher System is also provided to help advertise the communities served through each chamber of commerce. Members may expand this resource to include special visitor offers, scrolling tours of offices & the community, submit press releases and much more. Including contact information for member chambers will ehnace the value of this service.

Professional Recognition & Awards

Awards are given annually by IACCE to those who distinguish themselves through their service to the profession of chamber of commerce management. Awards include the Distinguished Chamber Executive of the Year Award and Service Awards for 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years in the industry.

IACCE Accreditation

The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives established the Illinois Chamber Executive Accreditation Program in 1997 to recognize the professional competency of chamber of commerce professionals in the state of Illinois. The Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) designation is based upon the experience, service to IACCE, training, continuing education and personal achievement of IACCE members. The ACE award strengthens the career development objectives of IACCE and provides personal recognition to Chamber professionals in Illinois.

Scholarships

IACCE provides up to $3,000 yearly in scholarships to its members. These scholarships are awarded for chamber executives to attend the Institutes for Organization Management, IACCE Fall Conference, U.S. Chamber Government Affairs Forum, American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Convention, the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) and the Mid America Chamber Executives (MACE) Conferences.

Member Discounts

Registration fees for IACCE conferences are reduced for IACCE members. In addition, IACCE is often able to negotiate a special rate for registration at national events as requested by our members.

Website Resources

Includes Websites of Interest with more than 100 websites for non-profits, Message Center/BLOG, Calendar, Membership Directory, Example Center, Articles for your newsletters, past IACCE newsletters, job opportunities, List of all of the Newspapers in the State under NewsLink and so much more!

Networking

Providing access to a statewide network of successful, experienced chamber of commerce professionals by telephone or through face-to-face contact at conferences is one more benefit of membership.

Legislative Access

Through a partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, IACCE hosts an Annual Legislative Summit. Current issues are addressed at this co-sponsored event as Local Chambers and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce set a state-wide legislative agenda. Local chamber professionals, board and committee members are encouraged to attend this summit.