Land & Sea

Vol. 6, Issue #5 – Fall & Winter 2020

Commerce & Community

Preparing for a strong year-end

As we head into the fall and holiday season, Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce has resources and workshops to accelerate your year-end sales or fundraising. Our focus is to provide plenty of programs and outreach each month from Grow with Google live streams, Women in Business Networking, Consumer promotion, and many other events.

Read on to learn more about our Strategic Plan and how to capitalize on the many changes the LBI region has seen in the wake of COVID-19, including how to get your business noticed to the new and incoming relocated residents.

news from the chamber

11/11 In-Person Innovate & Caffeinate

Breakfast is back! Join us with Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari to discuss small business in the Covid-19 recovery as well as announcements for 2021 strategies.

Innovate & Caffeinate
01/13 The Must-Attend Business Event of the Year

2021 will be an unprecedented year for the local and national economy. Get the big picture explained by Joel Naroff, Ph,d.

Open For Business
COVID-19 Emergency Grant Assistance part of $100M Economic Relief Committed to NJ Businesses

Application opening soon. $70 million to restaurants, micro-businesses, and other small businesses. $10 million to help small businesses purchase Personal Protective Equipment. $5 million to support food banks and hunger relief.

Downtown Driven
Shop Small Saturday & Buy LBI Region Campaigns

2020 Shop Small Saturday is a way to connect with consumers that will help drive business from contracting services, helping with gift lists, subscriptions, future overnight stays, dining and catering.

Downtown Driven
Employer Obligations to Employees During COVID-19

The NJDOL Benefits Eligibility Tool can help employees determine what benefits are available to them during COVID-19.

Downtown Driven
New State Business Friendly Website Launches

The State of New Jersey has announced the launch of a new website that will act as a one-stop-shop for the information you need to do business in New Jersey.

Downtown Driven
Who’s Cooking Holiday Meals

Is your business or nonprofit offering catering or specialty meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve? Let us know!

Downtown Driven

Land & Sea Passport

2021 Sales Underway

The NEW 2021 guide will combine the Land & Sea and Passport to LBI into one tour sized booklet. It will feature family-friendly activities, beach, sports, and recreation information, as well as showcase local business, maps, and points of interest that continue to make the LBI Region the best place to live, work, and vacation.

15,000 copies are distributed locally into vacation rental packets, through our visitor center and out of area marketing opportunities. It will be available as a digital download on and with live links directly to your business website or social media, as well as featured through the passport to LBI platforms.

Contact [email protected] or call 609-494-7211 for more information and click the button below to reserve your spot.

Tourism Opportunity

Create unique activities to drive virtual tourism

Our partnership with New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism allows us to present a valuable marketing partnership with Airbnb, which offers revenue and promotional opportunities through their new Online Experiences.

Are you an expert in history, art, food and beverage, science or another field? Host a virtual activity and plan a digital field trip to allow guests from around the world to experience the people, locations, and opportunities that abound in LBI.

As the Host, you decide the price of your Experiences. Airbnb charges only a 20% service fee. This fee is waived for nonprofits. Experiences can take place as frequently as a host accommodates—some hold one once a month, while others five times a day. As part of our partnership, Airbnb provides onboarding and technical guidance, and advice on topics and promotions. Plus, Airbnb provides a means for guests to book your Experience directly and for you to communicate with guests via the platform, as well as a Zoom account for your Experience.

To learn more, email Lori Pepenella at [email protected], or click the button below to view inspiration on the types of Experiences you can host.

LBI Region cheat sheet

executive board

Christopher Schwab

President Anderson Insurance Agency

Jeremy Defilippis

1st Vice President Jetty Life

Jerry Thompson

2nd Vice President Van Dyk Group

Andrea Driscoll

Treasurer The Sandpaper

Lori Pepenella, CDME

Chief Executive Officer Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce

Michele Cuff

Chief Financial Officer Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce

board of directors

Laura Benson

Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson

Frank Ritacco

LED Mobile Billboards

Michele Collins-Davies

Stockton University

Elizabeth Giglio

Barlow Buick GMC

Tim Hart

Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Carol Holmes

Health Village Imaging

Tanek Hood

Reynolds Landscaping

John Bell Maschal

Bay Village

Jerry Thompson

The Van Dyk Group

Nicole Dougherty

TD Bank

Joshua Roda

Vinyl Agency

Jillian Elsasser

Panzones Pizza

Marie Daley

Beasley Media Group

Partner Members

New Members