Land & Sea

Vol. 6, Issue #4 – Summer & Fall 2020

make it


a message from our CEO

This summer has presented challenges that our business community has never witnessed before. The flexibility that our members have shown to accommodate COVID 19 state and local restrictions as well as increased consumer demand, weather threats, and labor shortages to name a few; has been extraordinary.

We continue to plan in the week for the week, as long term goals help us stay on track. This fall will test our traditions, but we have been able to include new technology, partners, and vision to help us continue to grow. Please see what we have scheduled, and we look forward for you to be a part of it in some way on

Stay safe and be well,

Lori Pepenella

32nd Chowderfest

Chowdermonth Restaurant & Merchant Registrations

Due to restrictions currently in place, this year’s Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, customers can enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding the overcrowding of restricted spaces, and visiting merchants in-store and online. The extra time allows customers to plan stops according to their comfort level that will bring a steady stream of business to those members who are participating.

With voters from across the state, Pennsylvania, New York, and locally already registering for their free VIP voter packet through; this is a way to get noticed after Labor Day with additional promotion. Registration goes until August 21 to guarantee proper mapping, find out more at the links below.

Chowder gear for sale until September 15.

For the first time in the 32-year history, Chowderfest Merchandise will be available online through our e-commerce site powered by Jetty Inc. Pre-order the popular designs that Tasters have come to expect each year. Orders will be taken for a limited time now through September 15 to guarantee delivery for the Grand Champion Announcement on October 4. Check out to shop.

virtual challenge

Run, walk, or bike

Challengers can set the pace, as they set their own course. Registered participants can track their time and distance in one day, or over the course of a month. Choose from 5 or 10 Mile Walk/Run Challenge, anda 10 or 20 Mile Bike Challenge. All races have a $25 entry fee with a $1.25 sign up fee. This cost includes real-time race stats, official Chowder Run Challenge 2020 medal, Finisher Certificate, exclusive runner FB Group, and participant runner bib. The medal will be mailed upon completion and worn to next year’s fest with pride. Individuals, families or teams of challengers can compete, registrations are online now with the race taking place September 5 through October 4.

  • Register for the challenge

  • news from the chamber

    Keep Summer Beautiful Campaign

    How to keep our beaches beautiful We have been working to engage visitors, residents and businesses to keeping our community clean with our Anti Littering campaign in partnership with The Sandpaper. Find out mo...

    Beach Culture Redefined
    Summer Speak Easy

    Wednesday, August 26 from 3:00-4:30 PM Members are invited to take time to unwind with our Board members on a zoom Livestream session. This event will provide a place to drop into to discuss doing business with...

    Beach Culture Redefined
    LBI Region Report Radio Show

    The Voice of Local Business On the air with WBNJ 91.9Fm since Super Storm Sandy, and continuing our weekly broadcast throughout the COVID19 Crisis, our on air, podcast and Alexa enabled program keeps thousands ...

    LBI Region Radio Show
    Update your profile on

    Have you updated your portal? Keep your profile on point, add offers that will pull up with your listing, and find other ways to connect with our new website. Need assistance? We are here to help, contact Kate@...

    Open For Business
    TapInto Networks

    Downtown Driven Program expands to an Accredited NJ Press Association Downtown Driven Program expands to an Accredited NJ Press Association Network. We are excited to launch this dedicated space to connect town...

    Downtown Driven
    Grow with Google Live Streams

    Look for Veteran Run Business and Holiday Promotion Live streams to be scheduled this fall.

    Innovate & Caffeinate
    Keeping up with NJ Minimum Wage

    New rule adoptions and labor rates. Minimum wage with our members can span between seasonal and small employers, regular businesses, tipped and training wage. The law A15 was signed by Governor Murphy in 2019 a...

    Innovate & Caffeinate

    upcoming events


    Women in Business

    A Women in Business event, hosted by Sassafras Hill Farm/Atlantic Structure Movers.


    Chowderfest Virtual Event

    Join us online for a virtual event and the 32nd Chowderfest champion announcement!


    Innovate & Caffeinate

    This month’s Innovate & Caffeinate will feature a shop small kick-off!


    2021 State of the Chamber

    Join us on January 13 for a State of the Chamber event, with keynote speaker Joel Naroff, Economist.

    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