Your partnership in the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) is an investment in your business and your community. By taking advantage of the CEP’s many programs and services available exclusively to CEP partners, we are confident that you will find a substantial return on your CEP investment.
Your CEP investment includes exclusive partner access to tools and resources offered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. View our Discounts & Deals page for more information.
As an integral community information hub, the CEP receives dozens of inquiries for business referrals each day. Your partnership ensures that you are included in our database of businesses that are referred to who call-in, walk-in, e-mail, and website inquires. The CEP team refers only CEP partner businesses as preferred businesses.
The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership knows that at the end of the day, owning your business can be exhausting. No matter how much you love what you do, working long hours can wear anyone out. The CEP understands. Reach out to us, let us know your thoughts on challenges that you are experiencing, give us the opportunity to connect you with resources. Together, you can help make your business and your community thrive.
Celebrate Yourself—Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreakings & Special Events
The CEP offers support for partner special events such as grand openings, ribbon-cuttings, groundbreakings, anniversary celebrations. This exclusive partner support includes CEP representation at your event (along with ceremonial scissors, ribbon, or shovels as necessary) and promotion of the event on www.OcalaCEP.com and our weekly e-newsletter. Learn more about these events and how to schedule.
CEP Online Business Directory Listing
Partner businesses receive complimentary listings in the CEP’s online Business Directory. The online Business Directory is searchable by business name, category, or keywords of your own choosing. Because Google recognizes Chambers of Commerce links as “trusted” links, your rankings in online searches are given priority. Each month, our online directory receives approximately 15,000 hits. Don't miss out on this 24-7 referral opportunity!
CEP “Proud Partner” Certificate & Decal
By displaying these, your business has increased credibility! According to The Schapiro Group’s nationwide survey, consumers are 63% more likely to patronize a Chamber of Commerce business over a non-Chamber business.
CEP Proud Partner Logo
The CEP’s Proud Partner logo is available to CEP members upon request for use on your website and publications. Let everyone know that you are a partner!
Certificates of Origin
A Certificate of Origin is a government document necessary for the shipment of goods out of the United States. The CEP can certify these necessary forms, at no charge, for partner businesses who ship their goods and products outside of the United States.
Connecting & Networking
Make new connections and meet the key influencers of partner companies at networking functions such as Business After Hours, NetWorks groups, CEP 101: Partner Orientation for prospective and new partners, and other special events held throughout the year. With a network of over 2,700 partner representatives, you are sure to find new and valuable connections with other CEP partners. Learn more about our many Networking opportunities.
Discounts and Deals
The CEP offers partners access to cost-saving benefits on a number of items essential to business such as office supplies and FedEx shipping discounts through the national ChamberPerks program. CEP partners may also offer discounts exclusively to other CEP partners through our Partner-to-Partner Discount program or market themselves to the public through our MarketSpace and Hot Deals programs.
Earn a Reputation
As a CEP partner, you will enjoy the benefits of a positive business reputation just by being our partner. In a national study conducted by the Shapiro Group, research found that consumers are 63% more likely to purchase goods and services from a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and 57% are more likely to think positively of that business’ reputation. Partnership in the CEP lends integrity and credibility to your business.
Education & Development Opportunities
Throughout the year, the CEP presents a number of education programs: TuesdayTalks—Business Advancement Series, FridayTalks , and On Demand Workshops. These professional training sessions focus on current trends, new laws and regulations affecting business and improving business skills. Additionally, a number of other training programs are held throughout the year in response to partner interest. Approximately 1500 professionals will participate in training programs sponsored by the CEP each year.
Exclusive Access to Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
As a CEP partner, your business is now eligible for unique opportunities to market your business. Our marketing opportunities include affordable advertising in CEP publications and online, and our valuable sponsorship opportunities create visibility for your business.
CEP partners have access to multiple meeting room at the CEP building. Each room is fully A/V equipped and provides an opportunity for you to host meetings for groups up to 40. Rooms are available for free to partners and can be reserved online.
The CEP provides partners with a Notary Public service. Simply stop by the CEP during regular office hours with the documents to be notarized and have photo identification with you.
Every business and every professional has training needs, but making the time to get out of the office or shop, schedule a training, travel and all of the costs associated with these items, can make training for your business nearly impossible. The CEP has partnered with a national online training leader to provide deeply discounted online training available to our partners. With more than 5,000 programs available, we can address nearly all of your training needs and you never need leave your office. Review a partial list of training opportunities or reach out to us for details on how to add your specific need.
Prescription Drug Card
The FREE Prescription Drug Card can be used to get discounts on most brand name and generic medications with discounts up to 75%. The card is great for people with HSAs, High Deductible Plans, Medicare Part D, and Non-Covered Medications. Learn more about this great benefit.
Weekly FAST FORWARD e-newsletter
Receive weekly updates about upcoming events, public policy, useful news and information for your business along with CEP program updates.