Land & Sea

Vol. 4, Issue #1 – January & February 2018

make it


a message from our CEO

2017 was a year of tremendous growth and successes, not just for our chamber but for businesses in every industry through Southern Ocean County. 2018 is looking bright, but there are many changes coming that business leaders should be monitoring. Starting 2018 off with a presentation from Joel Naroff, PHD at our State of the Chamber will help us all navigate what to expect from the coming year.

We have plenty to work on this winter with our popular LAND & SEA guide currently in production and relaunching Chocolate Week activities, and our 10th Anniversary of the Wedding Road Show. Our calendar is full and so are our wishes for everyone to have a brilliant new year!

Lori Pepenella

State of the chamber

January 10, 2018 8:15am The Mainland, Manahawkin.

Businesses are invited to start the year off with the information that will help them navigate throughout 2018. The regional chamber brings Joel Naroff, PHD to discuss what the future business climate holds on a state and national level.

RSVP Today! $40 includes breakfast, networking and program. Spots are limited.

upcoming events


State of the Chamber

8:15 am – Holiday Inn Manahawkin

Join us for the State of the Chamber! This not to be missed business event of the year will discuss the new programs and partnerships that effect our business community. Keynote presenter: Joel Naroff, PH.D. nationally recognized economic forecaster will address the membership on the current and future business climate in New Jersey, U.S. and on a global level. Also presented will be an overview of our Visitor Profile Study by Stockton University. Plan to attend to help navigate the upcoming year. Breakfast and registration begins at 8:15 at The Mainland in Manahawkin. RSVP to Chamber office $40 includes breakfast, networking and program.


Women in Business Roundtable

10:00 am – Stafford Bay Ave Community Center
775 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin

Gather with us at the Stafford Township Bay Ave Community Center, 775 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin for networking, light breakfast, and presentation. 10 am. Free with RSVP to the Chamber office.


Ocean County Commerce Coalition Lunch

Toms River Country Club

Lunch location is at the Toms River Country Club. Discussion on small business issues, as well as multi-chamber networking. Watch for more details on this program.


Chocolate Week is Back

All Week Long

Chocolate Week is back! Contact Chamber to get your business listed in this campaign reaching in and out of area consumers. Offer something sweet in your office or shop to drive business for your Valentine/President Weekend Promotions.


Chocolate Celebration

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Chamber Visitor Center

Stop in for a chocolate-themed open house to find out about sweet things fellow members are doing this week. FREE.


Women in Business Roundtable

10:00 am – Union Market & Gallery

Gather with us at the Union Market & Gallery 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton for networking, light breakfast and presentation. 10 am Free with RSVP to chamber office.


Non Profit Forum

10:00 am – Stockton Manahawkin Campus

Continuing to provide solutions for our non-profit members, join us at Stockton Manahawkin Campus 712 E Bay Ave for 10 am program Legal issues that Non- Profits need to know. Refreshments served, Free with RSVP by contacting Chamber office.

news from the chamber

Innovate & Caffeinate

Get ready for the summer season with our 2nd annual Seasonal Strategies Bootcamp featuring a panel of local businesses and discussion of our Stockton University Visitor Profile Study to help you plan!

Innovate & Caffeinate April 11, 2018
Commerce and Cocktails B2B Happy Hour

Join Us for drinks, Evening Fire on the Patio and Table Top Business exp...

Beach Culture Redefined May 9, 2018
Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour

2018 brings the 10th Anniversary of our LBI Wedding Road Show, this event has...

Wedding Road Show April 22, 2018
Chocolate Week is Here to Boost Business

Get involved and simply add a chocolate item or offering any incentive to sweeten the deal ...

Downtown Driven February 11-18, 2018
Women in Business Roundtable

Back for our second year! Come meet local professionals and plan for a full 2018.

Women in Business January 30, 2018
Women in Business Roundtable

Gather with us for networking, light breakfast and presentation from wom...

Women in Business February 27, 2018
Non Profit Forum

Risky Business – How to Limit Liabilities Associated with Using Volunteers.Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits. They are a vital and essential resource for nonprofits.  Indeed, many nonprofit organizations simply could not function absent their volunteers. The benefits of having volunteers, however, must be balanced with the risks associated with volunteering and using volunteers.  During this presen...

Non Profit Solutions February 28, 2018
Ocean County Commerce Coalition Lunch and Multi Chamber Networking

Discussion on small business issues featuring with Tom Bracken from NJ State Chamber taking place at Toms River Country Club. In conjunction with Greater Toms River Chamber, Lakewood, Brick, Point Pleasant and Southern Ocean County Chambers of Commerce.

Open For Business February 7, 2018
Surf & Sip Brew Trail Launched this Month! 

Experience our surf lifestyle while getting to know our Southern Ocean businesses even better.

Beach Culture Redefined
Get Accredited in Our Southern Ocean Made Program! 

Do you design or manufacture products that are meant to be exported out of area? Southern Ocean Made program...

Southern Ocean Made
Tune into Southern Ocean County’s LBI Radio Show!

Tune into our award-winning radio broadcast each Monday at 9a & 6p on...

LBI Region Radio Show
2018 Southern Ocean County Chamber Membership Renewal

Bringing businesses nonstop education, promotion and networking opportunities in 2018 – Ple...

Southern Ocean Made

founded in family

Last year we launched a specific focus on the uniqueness of our local businesses and the families that are behind them. It allows fellow members as well as the consumers to know more about the effort, time and passion that builds a family owned operation. 2018 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.

advertising opportunities

Take Advantage of the Advertising Opportunities We Offer at the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce!

Land & Sea Magazine

Our “get to know guide” for exploring the Long Beach Island Region is the perfect opportunity for local businesses.

Advertising Opportunities
Commerce & Cocktails

Reserve your table today! Exhibitor tables for Southern Ocean Members $100. Spots are limited!

Advertising Opportunities
Mobile Billboard Advertising

Change your ad throughout the year to suit your promotional needs! Limited space available.

Advertising Opportunities

executive board

Jilian Elsasser

President Panzones Pizza

Christopher Schwab

1st Vice President Anderson Insurance Agency

Jeremy Defilippis

2nd Vice President Jetty Life

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

Malcolm C. Burton


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

Dorothy Lassik

TD Bank

John Bell Maschal

Bay Village

Lew Richards

Crust & Crumb Bakery

Rick Temple

Temple Construction

Jerry Thompson

The Van Dyk Group

Partner Members

New Members