(Manatee County, FL) — The Manatee Chamber of Commerce was named the 2022 Florida Chamber of Commerce of the Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) at its Annual Conference today in Ocala, Florida.
This esteemed award was presented by FACP Immediate Past President John Lai at a gathering of more than 100 Chamber professionals from across the state of Florida.
“What an amazing honor! The Manatee Chamber is truly an exceptional organization,” said Rick Bisio, Owner of The Educated Franchisee and the Chamber’s 2022 Chairman of the Board. “This award is a recognition of the important work the Chamber does on a daily basis. It reflects catalytic membership support, individual engagement, the highest level of professional contributions by our staff, and a community that coalesces to keep our region moving forward.”
Judged according to size, the Manatee Chamber won the Florida Chamber of the Year Award in the category of chamber of commerce with a budget of $1 million and over. Criteria included: accomplishments, financial stability, membership, government relations, strategic planning, technology, communications, special events, and innovation.
“We gratefully share this recognition with our 2,100 Chamber member businesses, organizations, and their employees, as well as with our Board of Directors and outstanding staff. It is also shared with the many leaders who came before us and have built the 130+ year legacy of business leadership through the Chamber in our community,” said Jacki Dezelski, President|CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
The Manatee Chamber also received the 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2015 Florida Chamber of the Year Award and is a past recipient of the National Chamber of the Year Award.
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to build a positive business environment while enhancing the community’s quality of life. With a membership of more than 2,100 businesses and organizations representing more than 70,000 employees, the Manatee Chamber serves the greater Manatee County region.
The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) serves over 125 chambers across the state, providing chamber of commerce professionals with the information, learning, and communications skills to carry out the mission of their chambers.