CH Cham­ber rec­og­nized in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Home­town Heroes project ranks 15th out of more than 400 com­peti­tors

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer

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.

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