CEP awarded grant to fund Gold Key service for Ireland trade mission

Posted on: April 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CEP awarded grant to fund Gold Key service for Ireland trade mission
Ocala, Florida (April 28, 2015) – The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) has been approved for a Partner Trade Grant through Enterprise Florida, Inc. to fund up to ten Gold Key Matching Services for businesses participating in the Ireland trade mission.

Through the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Gold Key Matching Service assists businesses with exporting initiatives through several areas including: customized market and industry briefings, market research, pre-set appointments with prospective trade partners, post-meeting debriefings with trade specialists to develop follow-up strategies, and assistance with interpreter or clerical services.

The CEP is working with Ocala’s twin city partners in Newbridge, Ireland, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, the U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. to promote a trade mission to Newbridge, and encourage businesses to consider options for a global footprint.  Florida is home to one in five of the nation’s exporters of which 95% are small to medium-sized businesses and account for more than $66 billion in sales to over 200 international trading partners.

Newbridge, Ireland shares many similarities with its Ocala twin, such as a strong industrial base and a prolific equine community, making this an ideal destination for businesses looking to partner with other businesses in the European Union. The mission will focus on both of these industry sectors and will include at least one Gold Key Matching Service per participant.

To learn more about the trade mission and how your business can take advantage of this exceptional opportunity, please plan to attend the next information session on Thursday, May 28 at the CEP from 5:30 P.M to 6:30 P.M. or call the CEP at 352.629.8051.

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward plan seeks to impact the creation of 3500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $225 million by 2018.  For more information, visit:  www.OcalaCEP.com
 

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