Published: Jul 29, 2021
The Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership’s Director of IMPACT Initiative, Cherrietta Prince, has been selected along with twenty-one other chamber leaders by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for the next 2021 cohort for Inclusive Economic Growth Fellowship.
“The program is designed to help chambers refine their inclusive economic recovery goals and ultimately help business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes. Leaders selected to participate in the fellowship represent urban and rural communities from 18 states.”
“It is such an honor to be selected as a Fellow for the ACCE Fellowship for Inclusive Economic Growth stated Cherrietta Prince, Director of IMPACT Initiative. This unique opportunity allows me to join an exclusive network of chamber leaders to engage in discussions about how to support our communities in these unprecedented times. Inclusive economic growth is a key indicator for success, and the Ocala Metro CEP is steadily advancing in this arena.”
Prince oversees assisting minority business owners get on the track to success through the IMPACT initiative. IMPACT is an initiative to bring about positive economic growth in the communities of West Ocala, Marion Oaks, and Silver Springs Shores through entrepreneurship. By assisting community members with creating and growing their own businesses, it will not only create direct and indirect jobs but will bring much needed retail and service businesses to each community.
“We are excited to work with this impressive group of chamber leaders,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “This fellowship will support their efforts to engage business leaders and community stakeholders to shape recovery efforts, build resilient local economies and create opportunities for everyone in the community to thrive.”
“We are proud of Cherrietta for achieving this prestigious Fellowship. One of the best ways a community can begin to address inequality and economic opportunity is through entrepreneurship. Cherrietta’s work through the CEP’s IMPACT program is helping to bring entrepreneur education to those which can be impacted by it the most,” said Ryan Lilly, Vice President of Business Creation for the Ocala Metro CEP.