CEP Celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week

Posted on: February 19, 2014

The Ocala / Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) is celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week February 15-22. Created by US Congress Resolution #199 in 2006, National Entrepreneurship Week advocates for the recognition of entrepreneurship at the local, state, and national levels.

“The CEP honors and recognizes all of the small businesses and entrepreneurs in Ocala/Marion County for the role they have in driving our economic growth,” said Kevin Sheilley, CEP President & CEO. “Entrepreneurship has and will continue to be a key focus of our economic development efforts moving forward.”

In recognition of the National Entrepreneurship Week, the CEP is highlighting several events:

  • Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 AM, CF Klein Conference Center:

             exCEPtional Mornings Breakfast, Featuring FL Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope

  • Wednesday, February 19, 11:30 AM, Marion Technical Institute:

              Recognizing Youth Entrepreneurship: CEP Ribbon Cutting for a new School Store

  • Friday, February 21, 4:30 PM, Seven Gun Games:

             CEP Ribbon Cutting for the Product Launch of a Game & Fundraising Effort

The CEP also wishes to recognize two large-scale crowdfunding campaigns currently underway:

Seven Gun Games is a CEP partner and Power Plant Business Incubator graduate. The company, which was recently recognized by the Governor of Florida for “Newcomer in a Major Market,” has launched a KickStarter project to assist in the further roll-out of their newest game Cookie Dunk Dunk. Those interested in donating to the effort can visit their KickStarter campaign.

Forest High School’s Discover Robotics Team has launched a crowdfunding project of their own on IndieGoGo. The funds raised would be used to purchase ten Mindstorm EV3 Educational Kits for elementary and middle school students throughout the district. The project focuses on teaching children the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). More information on how to give can be found on their IndieGoGo page.

The CEP is also announcing the addition of the newest resident to the Power Plant Business Incubator (PPBI), WP1st. The company has developed a method for the speed optimization of WordPress-based websites and was approved by the incubator’s acceptance committee on Friday, February 14. Sean Kozlowski, Founder and President of WP1st, commented on his acceptance into the PPBI saying, “We look forward to further developing our service and growing our company here in Ocala. The supportive and encouraging environment we have found at the incubator is excellent for a startup company like ours.”

To learn more about the Power Plant Business Incubator and other Business Creation efforts at the CEP, contact Ryan Lilly, Director of Business Creation or call 352-629-8051 x 125.

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) 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 CEP will drive community transformation and strengthen business through an aggressive and forward looking approach.  The CEP will bring together all economic development forces to ensure that Marion County will be a vibrant community with a stable, diversified economy.

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