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Ryan Lilly is  Vice President of Business Creation for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) in Ocala, Florida. In this role Ryan serves as a catalyst for the creation, attraction and growth of startup companies both in the Power Plant Business Incubator and throughout Marion County.

Prior to joining the CEP, Ryan was Manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois. There, he assisted incubator and community startups by providing them with technical assistance, programming, and access to capital — all as part of a $1.2 million grant under the U.S. Economic Development Administration. In all, he’s helped over 700 entrepreneurs in 3 states start or grow their businesses!
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Ryan graduated from Virginia Tech and first began a career in incubation at an on-campus accelerator. He has a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Business Leadership.

Ryan also earned a certificate in Serial Innovation from the University of Illinois BIS program and has received training from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Entrepreneurship (RUPRI), and the Kauffman Foundation. In 2015 he received a Certificate in Business Incubation Management from the International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA) after having completed training in Boston, New Orleans, and Orlando.

Ryan has spoken at local, state, and national conferences on his ideas in entrepreneurship support, incubation, and economic development. Recently, he delivered a TEDxTalk entitled “5 Steps to Get Your Local Economy Back to the Future.”


In 2016, Ryan was named “40 Under 40” by Ocala Magazine.

His wife of seven years is Pamela, a North Carolina native who shares his passion for collecting books. In December of 2016 they welcomed a new daughter named Harmony. They also have a three year-old Boston Terrier named Gracie.
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Ryan’s latest books on entrepreneurship and economic development…

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see url From Economic Developers & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Leaders…

…an up-and-coming thought leader in entrepreneur-focused economic development…

Ryan is an up-and-coming thought leader in entrepreneur-focused economic development, a passionate builder of startup ecosystems, and a strong advocate of business incubation and all forms of new venture support. (via LinkedIn)

Kirstie Chadwick, President & CEO
International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA)
Florida, USA

…he’s dedicated to startups, economic development, entrepreneurial ecosystems…

In mutual involvement and engagement in NBIA, now the International Business Innovation Association – I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ryan, both in my role as the President of NBIA, and as a fellow member on the Business Innovation Association. Ryan is unique, as he’s dedicated to startups, economic development, entrepreneurial ecosystems & community building, along with his work as a presenter, speaker and subject matter expert (SME). His will to invest in others, and support them in their entrepreneurial goals. At the same time, he’s a learner, curious seeker and willing peer in both giving and receiving feedback. I’m grateful for the opportunity to provide informal coaching and advice to Ryan, as I’ve seen his talent, action plans and goal setting at work. (via LinkedIn)

Jasper Welch, Past President & CEO
International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA)
Colorado, USA

…wants companies and communities to grow… through homegrown innovation…

Ryan is an excellent consultant that emphasizes working with entrepreneurs. His knowledge of start-ups, business planning, marketing, leadership, and small business is surpassed by few. What really makes Ryan the perfect first-point-of- contact for entrepreneurs is his personality and mentality. Ryan shares in the passion every start-up, entrepreneur, or random walk-in has when they first sit down in his office. He genuinely wants companies and communities to grow and succeed through homegrown innovation and entrepreneurism. (via LinkedIn)

William Parsons, Bus. Dev. Assoc.
Enterprise Florida
Florida, USA

…there to help bridge the gap between the local technology and business communities…

As the leader of a local technology networking group, I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan for over three years at this point. Ryan has been a wonderful and tireless resource and has always been there to help bridge the gap between the local technology and business communities. He has made many valuable introductions, serving as a connection between people who would benefit from working together. In addition to the many large and small ways in which he has helped local businesses and individuals, Ryan’s unfailingly positive and optimistic attitude is an inspiration to all of us and has provided needed energy in the growth of the Ocala business community over the past few years. (via LinkedIn)

Andrew Comeau, Organizer
Ocala IT Professionals Group
Florida, USA 4chan homework help From Entrepreneurs...

…his ability to connect people…

Ryan is amazing. I am continually amazed at his level of knowledge, his ability to network and connect people, and his willingness to help everyone. I have known Ryan for over 3 years now, and I can unequivocally say that my business would not be where it is today without his help and wisdom. (via LinkedIn)

Daniel Gentry, CEO
Third Power Performance
Florida, USA

…forward thinking…

Ryan and the incubator program provided our technology startup with both business assistance and valuable connections within the local community. Ryan’s business acumen, personality, and helpful forward thinking were key factors in our decision to co-locate in the Power Plant Business Incubator. As a result of working with him, we were able to better define our mission, meet our goals, and contribute our skills and resources to the community. (via LinkedIn)

Michael Anderson, SSCP
Defenced, Inc.
Florida, USA

…embraces the entire entrepreneurial process…

Ryan Lilly has been a mentor to my business from day one. He embodies and embraces the entire entrepreneurial process. He has utilized not only his knowledge, and resources, to assist us, he goes above and beyond our expectations, by providing referrals to appropriate individuals and executes timely follow ups to ascertain whether or not we obtained a solution or an answer in reference to our inquiries. (via LinkedIn)

Jacquie Miller, Inventor
Greater Mobility Inc.
Florida, USA

…provides timely results…

Ryan Lilly is an excellent professional who dedicates himself to his work and provides timely results that makes him a key person to any organization that he works for. He has great service to Lamboo and we look forward to continue working with Ryan for many years to come. (via LinkedIn)

Jeran Hammann, COO
Lamboo Technologies, LLC
Illinois, USA

…solid methodology… to his coaching…

Ryan Lilly is a consummate professional and a generous and straight forward businessman. He has helped us with our startup in a great number of ways and continues to serve as both a sounding board as well as a terrific and valued resource of ideas, talent, and networks that have helped our team move our project forward. He is a realist and brings solid methodology and good business reasoning to his coaching and steps for success. (via LinkedIn)

Michael Acerra, Inventor
Lux Blox LLC
Illinois, USA

…a strong passion for helping others…

When I first entered the Power Plant Business Incubator with my company Sonduck, I was unsure about how to do a lot of things when it comes to business. Thankfully, I was right next door to Ryan, who was able to help guide me and my business into making the right decisions. Ryan has a strong passion for helping others and caring about how he can help your business succeed. I highly recommend Ryan for guidance and for business endeavors. (via LinkedIn)

Joshua Noel, CEO
Florida, USA

…providing his experience, expertise and business connections…

Ryan helped my business, BioRegenerative Sciences thrive, providing his experience, expertise and business connections to facilitate our growth. Ryan helped us to develop a wet lab environment in the Ocala business incubator which gave us the opportunity to expand our Research and Development activities. He introduced us to numerous individuals at the University of Florida, providing a fertile ground for communication in the biomedical sciences, which opened up new opportunities for research and product development. Without Ryan’s assistance at the Ocala incubator, our company would not have been able to expand, creating a second company to market and sell the stem cell based products that have been developed. Ryan has helped to create an environment at the Ocala Business Incubator that can provide the opportunity for enrichment that early-stage companies, such as our WAS, need and demand. (via LinkedIn)

Peter Friedman, Co-Founder
BioRegenerative Sciences
Florida, USA

…one of my favorite people…

Ryan is one of my favorite people! In my time as a tenant of The Power Plant [Business Incubator], Ryan was always available as a sounding board and was directly responsible for passing along a contact that became a 5 figure sale! He’s not “good people”, he’s”great people”! (via Linkedin)

Richard Simon, President
Incentis USA Inc
Florida / Bermuda


Ryan is available for speaking opportunities at Conferences,

Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations, and more!

Topics include…

  • 5 Steps to Get Your Local Economy Back to the Future (w/ additional strategies & stories!)

  • Why & How Communities MUST Help Entrepreneurs

  • The Entrepreneurial Economic Developer: Applying “Startup” Principles to Economic Development

  • And more! (Customized to your organization, community and event.)

Click HERE for Ryan’s speaking one-sheet.

Please reach-out via the contact form below with event details, location, etc.!


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