Governance & Leadership

Governance & Leadership

Effective chambers of commerce require strong governance processes. In order to lead impactful, mission-based organizations, chamber CEOs and staff professionals must develop skills and strengthen internal procedures in a variety of areas, including:

  • Understanding and maintaining the bylaws that govern your chamber.
  • Managing volunteer boards of directors, committees and task forces.
  • Setting a strong direction and engaging volunteers through strategic planning.
  • Creating a mission and vision that community leaders can rally behind.

Board Management Resource Guide 

ACCE's board management resource guide provides resources and tools to help you research board structures, strengthen your board governance policies, engage volunteer leaders, navigate challenges and more. Learn More

Premium Content: Strategic Plans That Work

Your strategic plan describes your organization's essential goals, priorities, and strategies over the next three to five years. Properly developed and implemented, it sets both a destination as well as a roadmap, and focuses and prioritizes important organizational resources. In this course by association expert Bob Harris, CAE, gain an understanding of the purposes of strategic planning, understand the strategic planning process from start to finish, and learn how to maximize the value of your strategic plan once it is prepared. The course includes a toolkit with detailed steps in preparing for and implementing your plan. Learn More

Alliances, Mergers and Partnerships 

Learn about how different chambers have approached alliance, merger and partnership strategies as a way to increase value and position their organizations for future growth and success. Research different models and learn about the opportunities and challenges of mergers from those chamber leaders who have been there. Learn More

Governance & Leadership Samples and Documents

Browse our member knowledge exchange for the latest governance and leadership sample documents and materials. Learn More

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