We are the Illinois Chamber of the Year

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce we were just named the 2022 Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. We proudly accepted this honor on behalf of our staff, our Board of Directors, and our Members. Thanks to your engagement, and your continued high expectations, we are proud to be able to continually meet and exceed our goals and fulfill our mission.

The process was arduous, and it took the entire staff to provide adequate documentation to earn this honor. Read the full press release to find out exactly what it took to gain this distinct honor.

NACC Staff & Board in Video:

(Left to Right, Back Row): Tabassum Haleem, Mike Calabrese, Cathy Subber, Christina Caton-Kicthel, Derek McDaniel, Michelle Damato

(Left to Right, Front Row): Beth Goncher, Sarah Catarozzoli Andrusyna, Linda Oglesbee, Kaylin Risvold, Suzie Pschirrer, Debbie VanDyke, Sarah Iozzo, Amy Leclair, Kelli Keyzers. (Not pictured, Sana Ghassan)

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Wins Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award 

Presented at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) Annual Celebration & Awards Dinner


The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) was presented with two awards at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) Annual Celebration & Awards Dinner Thursday, November 3, 2022. The NACC was presented with the Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award for Chambers with more than 600 Members and the IACCE Certified Chamber of Commerce designation.

The IACCE Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award recognizes organization excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique benchmarking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership, governance, finance, advocacy, and membership development.

“This award is a tribute to our Members. I often say the NACC wants to be a part of a business’s success story – and it is great to be able to demonstrate our ability to lead and succeed so that our Members trust us to take part on their journey,” said Kaylin Risvold, President and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. “The 133-page application our staff submitted was a true spotlight of our incredible work that always puts our Members first. It’s an honor to be recognized by other chambers across the state of Illinois for what our 13 staff, our Board, and our Members do each day to move Business Forward for the business community.”

The NACC was also recognized for receiving a 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier in 2022 – a process that takes 6-9 months to compile data and information for submission and it is a designation only 3% of Chambers earn across the U.S.

“The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s submission showcased their incredible work supporting their Members. The NACC exemplifies what a high-functioning chamber needs to be,” said Wendy Pfeil, IACCE Board Member and Chair of the Awards Committee and President and CEO of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. “The Naperville Area Chamber is an example of what a Chamber can aspire to be.  One of the statements in their application that impressed the judges was that their chamber was founded on the belief that advocacy, networking, professional development, and marketing are not lone silos, but an open promise to us all. Naperville’s 5-star accreditation and their fiscal responsibility, combined with their program of work are remarkable.”


About the IACCE Certified Chamber Recognition

The IACCE Certified Chamber of Commerce Program promotes public awareness of the intent of the chamber of commerce brand as a non-profit community development-based business membership organization by providing a peer review process of the generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks. 


Certification with IACCE defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The IACCE Certification Program aims to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and foster a pro-business environment across Illinois.


By becoming a certified chamber of commerce, chambers are recognized for sound business practices and for providing responsible and innovative programs to benefit their membership. IACCE is the professional development organization for Illinois chamber professionals. As such, we are responsible for guiding chamber leaders and supporting each other.



As one of the largest Chambers in Illinois, the NACC prides itself on bold thinking and pushing past outdated agendas to uncover the tools and know-how needed for business growth and development. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has one goal: to move Business Forward toward an engaged, thriving community by being Your Advocate and Your Resource for Our Community. The NACC is 5-star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an honor bestowed on only 3% of Chambers nationwide. Learn more at:  www.naperville.net



IACCE is a catalyst empowering and connecting chamber leaders to increase economic vitality across Illinois. Learn more at: https://www.iacce.org

Celebrate with Us & Share

Please share the great news with your followers on social by sharing our social posts and recognizing our collective honors. Your investment into the NACC is a distinction and sets your business apart. Please celebrate it with us!

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We are so thankful for YOU and your engagement as what we do is nothing without your belief in what we provide – your support of what we do – and, your investment into the premier not-for-profit organization serving the business community!

Business Forward,


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