CH Chamber recognized in international competition
Hometown Heroes project ranks 15th out of more than 400 competitors
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce has been recognized on an international scale after becoming a finalist in a competition among more than 400 chambers from all over the world.
Chambermaster — a company the Colonial Heights chamber uses for its membership management software — put on a contest called the Chamber Innovation Award that allowed its clientele of more than 400 chambers to submit a project they participate in that betters their community and chamber.
Colonial Heights’ chamber submitted their Hometown Heroes program, a fairly new program that honors the city’s active duty military and veterans for their service, sacrifice and bravery. The
chamber displays banners with the hero’s picture, name, branch of service, rank, dates of service, and/or civic organization affiliation from the light poles along the Boulevard.
Out of the more than 400 chambers that submitted a program, Colonial Heights finished in the top 15.
“Our program was in competition against chambers with over 2,000 members, and it was the only program in Virginia that was selected,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Brandt.
Since Colonial Heights’ program made the top 15, their program was one of 20 compiled into a book by Chambermaster titled “The Big Book of Chamber Ideas: 10 Award Winning & Replicable Ideas for Chambers of Commerce,” which is sent to chambers internationally for inspiration andidea gathering.
“Even though we didn't win, we received Judges’ Accolades for the program,” said Brandt. “It doesn’t do anything for us financially, but we were put into the Big Book of Ideas so that people can duplicate or they can do similar things to our programs to help bring in economic development, [and] more citizens into their community.
“[Chambermaster is a] great company we work through, and it’s a great way for us to collaborate throughout the world and be able to take something that someone else has done and to increase our membership or community involvement,” he added.