Land & Sea

Vol. 4, Issue #3 – May & June 2018

make it


a message from our CEO

It is clear, our members are a vital part of the continued growth that is happening all around us. As a chamber, we are continually upping the game to make sure there are exceptional opportunities to network, educate and stay ahead of the business curve. There has never been a time more important to communicate, share ideas and properly market the extraordinary experience of spending time in our region. The summer season puts demands on every business whether or not it is seasonal. Take advantage of the upcoming business events we have scheduled, if you need to unwind or gear up we are offering a chance to connect with colleagues in a variety of ways.

We cannot do anything with our local member support, as all we do revolves around our community. I cannot thank you all enough for the tremendous involvement that we have on every level.

Lori Pepenella

Commerce and Cocktails

May 9th at 5pm The Mainland, Manahawkin.

In honor of May’s Small Business week, the chamber will be holding a small business networking and innovation celebration in lieu of their monthly meeting.

Event is open to the entire business community, $10 for admission to the event, with net proceeds benefiting our Chowder for A Cause partner charity David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

upcoming events


Celebrate National Small Business Week

11 am – 2 pm, Chamber Visitor Center

May 2-3 Celebrate National Small Business Week with our Open House – Chamber Office. Build your business with drop in sessions with Ocean County Score Professionals 11am – 2pm.


Commerce & Cocktails

5 – 8 pm, The Mainland – Rt. 72 Manahawkin

Please join us for Commerce & Cocktails, blending a business to business expo with happy hour! Mix it up with signature cocktails, light fare and interactive business displays including Drone for Business, Face Book Live B2B Interviews, Corporate Photo Booth and Beasley Media Group streaming on site. Bring business cards to enter to win WJRZ $2500 Business Advertising Campaign!


Our Annual Get Acquainted Summer Kick off Party

5 – 8 pm, Panzone’s Pizza & Pasta, Beach Haven

Our Annual Get Acquainted Summer Kick off Party – $30 p/p. Be part of the tradition and come out for fantastic food and light conversation as we kick off Summer 2018 for local business!


Southern Ocean Hometown Security Initiative

1 pm, Stafford Volunteer Fire Company, Manahawkin

Partnering with NJ Homeland Security & Preparedness, NJ State Police, Ocean County Prosecutor and local law enforcement. If you are a business or host an event, please attend our second year of bringing experts to the table to collaborate with local, county, state, and federal law and homeland security organizations.


Pop Up Membership Meeting

3:30 pm, 1400 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor

In partnership with Ocean County Board of Realtors – bringing our chamber meeting to vacant commercial space to help pair business with expansion or relocation possibilities, includes refreshments and networking – RSVP to chamber office Suggested $10 donation to benefit Maximillian Foundation & David’s Dream and Believe.


After Hours at Thundering Surf Flow House

7-9 pm, Thundering Surf Water Park, Beach Haven

Tour and enjoy the newly updated water park with fellow members and soak up new business connections before the start of summer. Enjoy beer, wine and light bites, and dress appropriately for an evening at the water park!


Summer Women In Business

10 am – Drifting Sands, Ship Bottom

Presentation, tours and networking – light refreshments will be served. Free with RSVP to chamber office.

news from the chamber

Summer Kickoff Party

Take part in the 104 year old business organization's annual tradition and join the boar...

Open For Business May 16
Small Business Week Open House

Since 1963 the Small Business Administration has been recognizing the importance that small businesses have on our national economy.

Join us as and Celebrate National Small Business Week with our Chamber Office Open House. Build your business with drop in sessions...

Open For Business May 2-3
Southern Ocean Hometown Security Initiative

Bringing this important discussion back for a second year! In partnership with NJ Homeland Security & Preparedness...

Open For Business June 7
Pop Up Membership Meeting

Featuring Drone for Business

In partnership with Ocean County Board of Realtors – bringing our chamber meeting to vacant commercial space to help pair business with expansion or relocation possibilities 3:30 pm includes refreshments and networking – location 1400 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor.

Open For Business June 12
After Hours at the Flow House!

5-7 pm

This unique networking event will be held at Thundering ...

Open For Business June 19
Women in Business

Join us for our Summer Send off until we meet again in the fall! – Drifting Sands Hotel will host a roundtable presentation...

Women in Business June 26
Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour

Thank you to our 72 members who made the 10th annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning ...

Wedding Road Show
Freeholder Vicari Tourism Award

Much thanks to the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Tourism and Business Advisory board, Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, as well as the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation for presenting CEO, Lori Pepenella the honor of the Freeholder Joseph Vicari Tourism Achievement Award on April 19.

Open For Business
30th Anniversary Chowderfest Presents: Chowder for a Cause Partner Charity

The participating Chowderfest restaurants of Chowderfest 2017 had the opportunity to vote o...

Chowderfest September 29-30, 2018
NJ Tourism Excellence Award for the Southern Ocean Surf & Sip Brew Trail

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce it will be awarded a NJ T...

Southern Ocean Made May 10, 2018

Southern Ocean
Job Opps Social Page

Have a fulltime, part time or seasonal employment opportunity? We have a network of hundreds of potential employees that is shared through our Southern Ocean Job Opps Social Page. This is exclusive to chamber members who can post positions at no charge at any time.

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save the date


Pop Up Membership Meeting – Fall preview – location to be announced

founded in family

Meet the Bakers

Four Generations of Bakers mixing in 50 years of camping tradition to the LBI Region

Reds and Anne Baker loved camping, realizing that is was the most cost effective vacation a family can take. With their five children, they would explore different areas. They belonged to the Levittown Camping Club and rock hunted when vacationing in NY State and PA, and enjoyed the beauty of the shore. But it was a draw to Southern Ocean County where a chance meeting with previous mayor of Barnegat, Elmer Seaman where Reds’ dream of opening his own campground become part of Jersey Shore history.

  • Learn more about the Bakers Family

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    30th anniversary Chowderfest sponsorship opportunities now available. Contact to connect your business with the iconic event.

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    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

    Architect LLC

    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