As of March 23rd, the CEP will be closing our main building and the Power Plant Business Incubator to the public. However, we understand that your business may still need Certificates of Origin or Notary services while our office is closed. These services may be scheduled by appointment, Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please email Info@OcalaCEP.com to schedule your appointment time for these services.
As a benefit of partnership with the CEP, partners may utilize the CEP Boardroom for business purposes only, as available Monday through Friday. The Boardroom seats up to 40 people and can be easily configured in a number of ways including Classroom, Board, and Rounds. Reservations are based on availability and will only be confirmed upon completion of the Conference Room Usage Agreement.
We are ready to help you celebrate!
To assist you as you plan your ribbon cutting, ground breaking, grand opening or anniversary celebration please review our Guide to Planning Your Special Event and watch the video below..
Scheduling MUST be confirmed and approved by the CEP to ensure availability of the event materials and CEP representatives.
PLEASE NOTE—Saturday and Sunday events are NOT eligible for CEP Ambassador or Staff participation, though we will post your weekend event to the CEP's events calendar.
By using your Partner Login for the ChamberMaster Member Information Center (MIC), you open a direct connection to the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP). As a partner of the CEP, you have the opportunity to market your business to consumers visiting our online Business Directory through www.OcalaCEP.com. By updating your company and representative information, potential customers will be able to learn about your business and know how to contact you.
Through the MIC, you can manage a number of activities when it’s convenient to you as you can log in 24/7. Primary representatives on your account can view and edit their company information, pay bills, interact with each other, submit jobs, advertising, and events for approval, and also view statistical reports through the MIC. General representatives may register for events and contact other partners.
The CEP has representatives who serve as an appointed public officers serving the State of Florida. As a certified Notary Public, these representatives are commissioned to perform notarial services and have the responsibility of signing documents that require a Notary signature.
This service is available during the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.
We encourage you to call ahead of your visit to confirm that the Notary Public is in the office and available. There is no charge for a Notary signature for CEP Partners.
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. They declare the ‘nationality’ of the product and also serve as a declaration by the exporter to satisfy customs or trade requirements.
The 1923 Geneva Convention named Chambers of Commerce the official body to issue, sign and stamp Certificates of Origin worldwide. Chambers of Commerce are asked to stamp and sign documents called certificates of origin. These certificates are prepared by exporting companies (or their agents, known as freight forwarders) to show where their products were made. For chambers, the key task is not to find where the products were made, but to check that the documents are correctly completed, the certificate of origin matches the commercial invoice, and the document is signed by a designated person from the exporter.
COs are requested by customs, banks, private stakeholders and importers for several purposes. Almost every country in the world requires CO for customs clearance procedures: when determining the duty that will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.