Published: Apr 30, 2021
The Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership’s “Get. Gather. Go.” campaign has been named one of three Communications Excellence Best in Show
winners by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations across
the country. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the competition, which is now in its thirty-sixth year.
“Chambers of commerce are the storytellers and megaphones for their communities,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Their innovative efforts to help drive
engagement and change in the regions they serve are inspiring. Creative communications that spur action are what earned them this well-deserved recognition.”
The “Get. Gather. Go.” campaign was an ongoing campaign through 2020 that encouraged all local businesses to “Get informed, Gather documents, and Go apply” for the
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). “This campaign really embodied the CEP and what makes our community great,” said Kevin Sheilley, President & CEO of the CEP, “Our purpose is to be the one-stop shop and voice of the business community. The Get. Gather. Go campaign. Allowed us to fulfill this mission to positively impact every business in the Ocala Metro”
The campaign’s efficacy resulted in 1 out of every 8 businesses in the Ocala Metro receiving PPP funds after the first round of funding—versus an average of 1 out of 25 statewide,
and 1 out of every 19 nationally. At the end of 2020, 1/3 of all Ocala Metro Businesses received PPP funds.
A panel of communications and marketing professionals from sixteen U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated 173 entries submitted for this year’s competition. Entries were
organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual revenue — and entry type: campaigns, digital media, event marketing and print and electronic publications. Judges presented 12
Awards of Excellence and three Best in Show awards.