Land & Sea

Vol. 6, Issue #1 – January & February 2020

make it


a message from our CEO

Bright start and new beginnings. 2020 meets us with a message that the future is here and its going to have an impact on how we live and work. We are a business community that has been positioning itself to welcome the change. Our board and committee members have been planning for this year to be a benchmark of where our region needed to be, so we can take advantages of all the opportunities that the next decade will hold. The upcoming months will be focused on the future starting off with a dynamic State of The Chamber event ushering in our 106th year of service. It also adds workshops for member feedback during our Modernization summits, to help us formulate our 5 year strategic plan. We also will spend the winter months building on our popular networking and education programs to keep us all connected.

We realize the best is yet to come and are thankful for your support in making it happen!

Lori Pepenella

State of the Chamber

January 15th, 8 am: The Mainland Holiday Inn

Join us as we open our 106th year at the not to be missed business event of 2020! Speakers including: George Kuhn, Project Manager, Capital Project Management, and Vanessa Meades, Regional Coordinator, Government & Community Relations. Learn about new chamber programs as well as our strategic planning schedule to director our business community through the next decade. Keynotes, breakfast buffet, and networking $25 with RSVP SPONSORED BY ORSTED

upcoming events


Strategic and Modernization Summit

Hotel LBI 10am

Why go? The Southern Ocean County Chamber is working on its strategic plan to help navigate the next several years. We would like our members input in the direction of what is most needed to foster sustainability and growth local businesses. This interactive session will be thought provoking and engaging. No fee to participate but is limited to 15 members, session will run approx. 1.5 hour includes breakfast sponsored by Atlantic City Electric. Seating is limited, must RSVP.

If you cannot make January 23 – RSVP for Feb 12 session also 10am Hotel LBI.


Women in Business

10am 521 Rt. 9 Waretown

A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe & Tea Room hosts our first roundtable of the year. Learn how this women owned and operated business continues to grow. Networking, discussion and refreshments provided. Free with RSVP to Chamber office.

february 13th

Spanish in the Workplace Workshop

9am – 12pm Chamber office Second Floor

Presented by Ocean County College: Created to assist non Spanish speakers communicate effectively with staff and customers. Participants will engage in different activities that will provide basic skills in everyday work environments. The workshop will also give information about additional business services and classes available to those looking to bring this program directly to their staff at no cost. Chocolate Week inspired refreshments will be served. Free with RSVP to Chamber office

february 25th

Women in Business Roundtable

10am 325 9th Street Schooner Wharf Beach Haven

Join us at Cindy Kelly Kitchen Design to learn all about design from kitchen trends with Cindy Kelly to the importance of branding with Swing Graphic’s Dawn Simon both presenting for a morning of discussion, networking and refreshments. Free with RSVP to Chamber office

february 26th

Non Profit Forum

10am 712 East Bay Avenue

In time for tax season, making sure your organization learns how to educate donors and understand the latest challenges for charities as Monetti Standard PC brings their expertise on non profit sustainability. Program, networking and refreshments. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office.

Market your business through the campaigns below!

Contact our Business Outreach Coordinator or call (609) 494-7221 X104 for any opportunities.

news from the chamber

FanFare Program

Join us at upcoming Ribbon Cuttings!

Beach Culture Redefined
Calling our Restaurant and Culinary Service Members!

Complete the our Restaurant Tech Survey to help us plan for ways to better serve our changing community. As we approach 2020, we are The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has begun working on their five year strategic plan, so we can continue to innovate our business community. We are beginning the movement by […]

Beach Culture Redefined
Chocolate Week is Here to Sweeten Business

It is Back to Sweeten Winter Business!

Downtown Driven feb 8-16
Business Boost Box

Have an offer you would like to share with fellow members and community ...

Southern Ocean Made
Digital Billboard

Be seen at our visitors center and beyond!

Southern Ocean Made
Wedding Road Show 2020

Registration is now open!

Southern Ocean Made april 26
Get on the Air with the LBI Region Report Radio Show

Schedule a call in guest spot on our award winning radio program that airs Mondays at 9am and 6pm on WBNJ 91.9FM. This 10 minute guest spot is part of our weekly show that features event and business news that ...

Southern Ocean Made

legislative updates

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave Law provisions go into effect in 2020

Beach Culture Redefined
Monitored: Statewide Ban on Single use bags

Not yet passed: A Statewide Ban on Single use bags and carryout items

Beach Culture Redefined
Freelance or Independent Contractors bill

Concerns employment status of what may be considered Outside Contractors

Beach Culture Redefined

save the date: Start our 106th Year


Recognizing our First Responders

Second Annual Appreciation Dinner: Stafford EMS Building 365 E Bay Ave 5:30pm

We are thankful for all our volunteer First Responder member Fire Companies and EMS Squads do! The Southern Ocean Chamber is proud to host a dinner for representatives of all companies serving the LBI Region. We will use this gathering for everyone to share upcoming initiatives and efforts their groups have planned for 2020. Please RSVP to our office with names of up to 2 reps from your organization or email


Cyber Security & Your Business

The Mainland Manahawkin 8:15am. Presented by NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. $25 with RSVP.


State of the Chamber 2020

State of the Chamber- The Mainland Holiday Inn 8 am


Wedding Road Show

Our one of a kind LBI Wedding Road Show and Party Planning Tour is back for its 12th Annual showcase. Find out how to become involved by contact Wedding Road Show Registration form:

advertising opportunities

Authentic and proven programs that will complement your business plan. Contact, 609-494-7211 x104.

Land & Sea Magazine

2020 Land & Sea Visitor Guide coming soon! A must have resource for visitors and residents!

Advertising Opportunities
Digital Billboard

Start the year with the attention your business or event deserves contact for annual or peak season rates.

Advertising Opportunities

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

the staff

Lori A Pepenella

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 101

Michele Cuff

Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 103

Cindy Galvin

Business Support Associate, Ext. 105

Linda Wood

Business Support Associate, Ext. 107

Kate Krier

Business Outreach Coordinator, Ext. 104

Chelsea Pascoe

Membership Recruitment and Marketing Associate

Todd Elsasser

Chowderfest Coordinator

Samantha Cisternas

Membership & Marketing Associate, Ext. 108

Partner Members

New Members

  • Station 117

    Alan Menegus

    117 North Bay Avenue

    Beach Haven NJ 08008


  • Better at Home Medical Care Services

    Colleen Forest

    327 South Main Street, Suite A

    Barnegat NJ 08005


  • Busy Bees Kids Therapy

    Marcella Fernandez, MS,CCC/SLP

    1 Leifried Lane, Suite A

    Tuckerton NJ 08087


  • Sahara Moon

    Ocean County NJ


  • Black Tie Productions

    Wendy Tomasello

    Southern Ocean County