Vol. 5, Issue #1 – January & February 2019
a message from our CEO
The world was a very different place in 1914, but the founders of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had the foresight to establish an organization that would represent the business community locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Since its early years as the Long Beach Island Board of Trade, the businesses of the area has gathered to support innovate initiatives that help bring commerce into the region. Our Chamber’s mission is to foster positive growth, while enhancing life for visitors and residents alike.
Dating back to May 1914, businesses saw the need to work together to provide the best possible environment to all who come to our shores. Our organization brings business people together to make great things happen. The determination of local business leadership has made a remarkable impact on shaping our region, including responsible growth of infrastructure from schools, roads, and the introduction of automobile bridges in 1914 and 1959. From creating the first tourism promotional brochures in 1938, opening the doors to its visitor center in 1942, creating Miss Magic Long Beach Island in 1958, starting Chowderfest in 1989, going online with the area’s premiere information website in 1996, to planning the first Wedding Road Show in 2009, which has rebranded the region as a wedding destination over the course of the past decade.
In 2010, the Chamber of Commerce was first to champion the Shop Small Saturday Movement to its members, which has now grown Thanksgiving Weekend demand substantially. In 2014, it became a globally accredited Destination Marketing and Management Organization, one of 200 across the world. In 2017, it partnered with the Office of Homeland Security to bring the first Hometown Security Seminar for businesses in time for the busy summer season and also created the first POP UP chamber meetings to showcase vacant commercial space. In 2018, it established the first brew trail in the state as well as became a Trusted Google Verifier to help our members stand out.
The 105 committee has created special #thrivein105 events throughout the anniversary year. Members of the 105 Anniversary Committee are: Chelsea Kulp Shore Brake Cyclery, Jonathan Giglio, Giglio Awning, Dawn Simon of Swing Graphics, Peter Sullivan, Breakerzine, Erik Stromborn of Beasley Media Group, Jennifer Quinn of The Wireless Experience/Fantasy Island.
State of the chamber
January 16, 2019 8:15am The Mainland, Manahawkin.
Join us as we open our 105th year with our most anticipated business event of the year. Featured speaker is Joseph Simonetta, Senior Partner of Public Strategies Impact, who will discuss new policies and legislation affecting New Jersey Businesses in 2019.
In addition to Mr. Simonetta, the committee will announce special events including an exclusive Google DMO Partnership and Trusted Verifier status, along with promotions that will be happening throughout the region in recognition of this milestone year.
RSVP Today! $25 includes breakfast, networking and program. Spots are limited.
Registration is now open for Chocolate Week & Wedding Road Show
Online applications will be ready, look for chamber email, social postings or correspondence from Kate Krier, Business Outreach Coordinator to guarantee proper promotion and placement!
5-7 pm, 537 Rt 9, Waretown
The Breakers Kitchen & Tap
After Hours at the Breakers Kitchen & Tap. Free with RSVP for members to network, enjoy delicious bites and cash bar featuring craft brews.
Women in Business Roundtable
10 am, 1140 Rt 72 W, Manahawkin
Women in Business Roundtable hosted by Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation at Beach Plum Room. Meet Regina Foley, Chief Operating officer as we gather to enjoy refreshments, network with women doing business in our region and take part in keynote discussions. Free with RSVP.
All Week Long
Sweeten up your winter with Chocolate Week in the Long Beach Island region. Just in time to make winter a little bit sweeter, Collaborate with us as we present Southern Ocean County a series of offers, activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend; to encourage out-of-area visitors as well as serving local residents. From decedent open houses, chocolate themed sales, delicious drink specials to creative menu items, take advantage of broadcast, digital, social and print promotion. No cost for members to participate!
105th Anniversary Event
12-3 pm, Chamber Chocolate Week Open House
Meet me at the Chamber Chocolate Week Open House! Drop in and treat yourself to some delicious treats our members have cooked up, and find out what is happening for our milestone year.
Women in Business
10 am, 2nd floor of the Chamber Building
Women in Business Thrive in 105 Tea party hosted by Tea Party To Go and our 105 Committee located at second floor of chamber building featuring networking, delicious anniversary tea and updates on upcoming special events. Free with RSVP.
Non Profit Forum – Ocean County Library Presents Free Tools to Help Grow Your Mission
10 am, 712 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin
Stockton University Manahawkin Campus
Non Profit Forum hosted at Stockton University Manahawkin Campus. Featuring inside information on how to get free tools to help you grow your mission; network and refreshments provided. Free with RSVP.
Business for Breakfast Power Hour
7:30-8:30 am, The Mainland
Join us and Ocean County SCORE Mentors for an early riser interactive breakfast buffet $12.95. Discussions centered around challenge questions for attendees to input their thoughts and ideas. RSVP – pay directly to Mainland after dining.
Innovate & Caffeinate
8:15 am, The Mainland
Innovate & Caffeinate Membership Meeting at The Mainland. Registration begins at 8:15 am. Breakfast buffet, panel discussion and networking. $25 with RSVP.
5-7 pm, 529 Rt 9, Unit 5, Waretown
Oyster Creek Brewing Company
After Hours with Oyster Creek Brewing Company. Meet Southern Ocean Brew Trail’s newest Craft Brewer while networking with members. Free with RSVP
The 11th Annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour
This award winning event has been matching special event providers with party planners on a self-guided tour. Professional party services for weddings and events take center stage for hundreds that come through to decide all aspects of their celebration. $100 for members to participate – space fills quickly.
news from the chamber
Lori Pepenella was sworn in as Vice President of the state’s leading tourism advocacy organization at the 2018 NJ Conference on Tourism held in Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City.
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The Assembly Labor Committee considered A-15, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 for most business by 2024.
The following bill makes various changes to law governing limited breweries.
Makes transient accommodation taxes and fees only applicable if rented through marketplace.
Makes transient accommodation taxes and fees only applicable if rented t...
Chocolate Week – It is Back to Boost Winter Business! February 10th-17th During yo...
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founded in family
Celebrating the uniqueness of our local businesses and the families that are behind them. Founded in Family allows fellow members as well as the consumers to know more about the effort, time and passion that builds a family owned operation. In 2019, we look forward to introducing another group of families for you to get to know better. In this edition, we would like to recap and thank the families that allowed us to share their story this past year.
Help spread the word to potential new members, pick up free 105th Anniversary Chocolate Bars to share to businesses, they may get a golden ticket that can be redeemed for 2019 membership. 10 tickets available, must be a first-time member.
Start the year with the attention your business or event deserves contact firstname.lastname@example.org for annual or peak season rates.
Schedule to be on the LBI Region Report Radio Show for 2019. Contact email@example.com to schedule your 15 minute interview which reaches 25K listeners per week.
Jilian ElsasserPresident Panzones Pizza
Christopher Schwab1st Vice President Anderson Insurance Agency
Jeremy Defilippis2nd Vice President Jetty Life
Andrea DriscollTreasurer The Sandpaper
Lori Pepenella, CDMEChief Executive Officer Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Michele CuffChief Financial Officer Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
board of directors
Laura BensonBerry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson
Erik StrombornBeasley Broadcast Group
Frank RitaccoLED Mobile Billboards
Michele Collins-DaviesStockton University
Elizabeth GiglioBarlow Buick GMC
Tim HartOcean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Carol HolmesHealth Village Imaging
Tanek HoodReynolds Landscaping
John Bell MaschalBay Village
Jerry ThompsonThe Van Dyk Group
Nicole DoughertyTD Bank
Lori A PepenellaChief Executive Officer, Ext. 101 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele CuffChief Financial Officer, Ext. 103 email@example.com
Cindy GalvinBusiness Support Associate, Ext. 105 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda WoodBusiness Support Associate, Ext. 107 email@example.com
Kate KrierBusiness Outreach Coordinator, Ext. 104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea PascoeMembership Recruitment and Marketing Associate email@example.com
Todd ElsasserChowderfest Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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