Who We Are
The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) was formed to create a one-stop approach to business retention, attraction and creation efforts. Moving Forward is our charge and it reflects our desire to be a unified voice and catalyst for the business community. By working together with our partners and community investors, we will continue to improve our quality of life and build a strong base for economic development in Marion County.
The CEP recognizes and embraces its mission as the Chamber & Economic Partnership for all of Marion County. As a result, five strategic program areas will set the aggressive and forward-thinking direction for CEP. These program areas will be intentional in ensuring that initiatives and activities will be held throughout the county; will be reflective of the needs of businesses throughout the county; and, will benefit businesses throughout the county.
To be the catalyst for a prosperous community.
To be a model of excellence of what a 21st Century Chamber should be and do.
To provide a positive return on investment for our partners by creating and retaining jobs and by being the one-stop shop and voice of the business community.
First accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1974, the Ocala / Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership is among the elite top 1% of Chambers of Commerce nationwide that have been recognized for excellence by receiving the 5-Star Accredited designation. This is the highest accreditation level awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This recognition, known as accreditation, was earned for:
- Effective organization and leadership of community business interests.
- Objective evaluation of needs and responsible planning for community betterment; and
- Productive actions to promote and strengthen the principles of free enterprise and community self-reliance.
The Ocala / Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership is recognized as a Certified Plus Chamber of Commerce by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.
This designation recognizes the CEP’s ability to consistently rise above the generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks in Organization Management, Service Intent and Capacity, Professional Administration, Financial Management, and Marketing/Public Relations.
Only fourteen of over 200 chambers in Florida have reached this designation.