Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership


Nonprofit Organizations & Foundations

About Us

The CEP was formed with the goal of creating 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.


Welcome to the CEP!
CEP Main Building
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5-Star Accredited by U.S. CHamber of Commerce - 3 Times in a Row!
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Power Plant Business Incubator (PPBI)
PPBI - Ocala Health Center for Health Services Innovation
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Ocala Downtown Market - Plants, Produce & Much More!
PPBI in the New Market District...Supporting Entrepreneurs!
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Rep/Contact Info

Andrea Bailey
Director of Business Services
Brett Barnes
Director of Business Attraction
Louisa Barton
Director of Equine Engagement
Dean Blinkhorn
Director of Talent Development
Dawn Bowman
Partner Relations Associate
Tamara Fleischhaker, IOM
VP of Business Advocacy & Partner Services
Rene' Ibarra-Chevalier
Director of Finance
Tom James
Director of Networking & Partner Services
Erin Jones
Director of Healthcare Development
Tyler LeCompte
Entrepreneurship Associate
Ryan Lilly
VP of Business Creation
Jessica McCallum
Director of Business Creation
Bryce Morrison
Director of Talent Attraction
Olana Osborn
Director of Online Communication
Jim Pazda
Director of First Impressions
Cherrietta Prince
Director of Entrepreneurship Services
Joe Reichel
Director of Business Advocacy
Bart Rowland
Director of Business Retention - Primary Employers
Jess Schultz
Partner Relations Associate
Kevin Sheilley
President & CEO