Land & Sea

Vol. 4, Issue #6 – November & December 2018

make it


a message from our CEO

We are ready for fall and the holidays here in Southern Ocean County! Bringing unique ways to gather together and celebrate what we accomplished as a business community throughout the past year. Our 105th year is so packed with new partnerships, events and opportunities that we have started rolling it out this fall.

Our longstanding Shop Small partnership with American Express and now our Trusted Verifier Agreement with Google, means we can do more to help grow your holiday season and beyond. Whether it is services, retail, dining or lodging, we have focused on providing more ways for you to develop your connection with potential customers and expand your network of colleagues.

Looking forward to our November 14 Innovate and Caffeinate Shop Small Business Kick off and hearing what everyone has to promote for the holiday shoppers. Special thank you to all who volunteered to make the 2018 Chowderfest such as success. Our committee, vendors, restaurants and sponsors made it all possible as LBI is now the undisputed Chowder Capital of New Jersey! Reserve early for the best holiday party in the region, and take advantage of all the opportunities to help your business shine in this upcoming season!

Lori Pepenella

Innovate & Caffeinate
Shop Small
Regional Kick off

8:15 am, November 14, the Mainland, Manahawkin

Join the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at their November 14 Innovate and Caffeinate meeting with networking, breakfast buffet and program. The event will provide Shop Small Saturday Kick off Materials as well as recognize the incoming Southern Ocean Made businesses. The event’s keynote speaker will be Ocean County Freeholder Virginia Haines.

$25.00 with advance RSVP. $30 at the door.

upcoming events

november 14th

Innovate & Caffeinate – Shop Small Kick off at The Mainland

8:15 am, The Mainland 151 Rt. 72, Manahawkin

Shop Small Saturday; Holidays Redefined; Southern Ocean Made features. Networking and breakfast. $25.00 with advance RSVP. $30 at the door.


Shop Small on Small Business Saturday!

LBi region

Take part by shopping local to support Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members as champions of the LBI Region.


Nonprofit Forum

10 am – 1 pm, Stockton University, Manahawkin

“Turning Board Members into Ambassadors for your Cause” – held at Stockton campus in Manahawkin. Presentation by Ann Marie Miller, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy of NJ ArtPride. Free with RSVP – refreshments provided by Stockton.


Annual Holiday Cocktail Party

5 pm – 8 pm, Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House

Join as the business community celebrates this festive time of year at annual gathering. Customized menu, cash bar, and plenty of good cheer! $35 per person – RSVP required. Please email Chamber or call 609.494.7211 to reserve your spot!


State of the Chamber

8:15 am, The Mainland Holiday Inn, Manahawkin

2019 brings in the most anticipated business event of the year, uniting local business leadership with the information that will help navigate anticipated legislation coming from state and federal government.

news from the chamber

National Veterans Small Business Week

National Veterans Small Business Week November 5-9, 265 W 9th St, Ship Bottom, NJ To support our commitment to helping our nation’s military service members transition to civilian jobs or to start their own bus...

Downtown Driven nov 5-9
Innovate & Caffeinate Shop Small Regional Kick off

Businesses are invited to get ready...

Innovate & Caffeinate nov 14
Holidays Redefined Shopping Program is Back

Invite shoppers to redefine holiday gift giving by visiting independent, local businesses t...

Southern Ocean Made nov 24 - dec 17
Nonprofit Forum

Nonprofit Forum with presenter Ann Marie Miller, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy of ArtPride NJ 10 am, November 28, at Stockton University, Manahawkin Our Fall Nonprofit Forum is scheduled as part of our commitment to provide nonprofit solutions for the region’s organizations serving artistic, historic and social service needs of our community. Partnering with […]

Non Profit Solutions nov 28
Annual Holiday Cocktail Party

Spend the evening with fellow members and the business community for networking and holiday...

Southern Ocean Made dec 4
Our 105th Year Opens with Jan 16 State of the Chamber

2019 brings in the most anticipated business event of the year, uniting local business leadership...

Beach Culture Redefined jan 16
Programs, Networking and After Parties – 2018 NJ Conference on Tourism is Now in December!

Programs, Networking and After Parties – 2018 NJ Conference on Tourism is Now in December! December 5-6 2018, Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City, NJ Join the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association, the leading tourism organization in the state and head to the Hard Rock for the New Jersey Tourism Conference See the event’s brochure here […]

Downtown Driven dec 5-6
Stay Connected with Realtime Updates From Chamber, Members & Events

Stay Connected with Realtime Updates From Chamber, Members & Events...

Downtown Driven
Registration Begins Dec 3 for Chocolate Week & Wedding Road Show

Online applications will be ready, look for chamber email, social postings...

Downtown Driven begins dec 3
New Legislation that May Have an Impact on Your Business

The NJ Paid Sick Leave Act allows employees to accrue 1 hour of sick leave time per 30 hours worked.

Open For Business
Short Term Rental Tax

Governor Murphy signed A4587 that imposes the same lodging taxes on short-term rentals that hotels and motels pay. This means operators of short-term rentals that are booked through companies such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, or others are now required to add these taxes to guests’ bills and remit them to the state. Beginning October 1, […]

Open For Business

save the date


State of the Chamber

8:15 am, The Mainland Holiday Inn, Manahawkin


After Hours Networking

5 pm, Breakers Kitchen & Tap Waretown


Women in Business Roundtable

10 am, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin

Check out when you have friends, family and customers visiting this holiday season.

Have company coming for the holidays? Over 21? Create your own itinerary with the Southern Ocean Made Surf & Sip Brew Trail and support local breweries and surf related stops.
Under 21? Passport to LBI gives you access to history, environmental and cultural stops.

founded in family

Meet the Farias

When Mario Farias purchased a house on Sixth Street in Surf City, he did not realize the impact his children and grandchildren would have on the business community and vacationers for years to come.

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    105th Anniversary Edition of Land & Sea Guide on Sale Now

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    Advertising Opportunities
    Digital Billboard Holiday Special

    Spread Holiday Cheer and promote you are open with our special Digital Billboard Shop Small Advertising rate that runs on our mobile billboard through Jan 2. Contact for special $150 member holiday rate.

    Advertising Opportunities
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    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

    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

    John Bell Maschal

    Bay Village

    Lew Richards

    Crust & Crumb Bakery

    Rick Temple

    Temple Construction

    Jerry Thompson

    The Van Dyk Group

    Nicole Dougherty

    TD Bank

    Partner Members

    New Members

    • Pine Cone, Too

      Linda Geniton

      980 Radio Road

      Little Egg Harbor Township, 08087


    • Kindred Spirit Massage & Wellness

      Kimberly Logan

      133 North Main Street

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • Smart Homz

      Dave LaMere

      Serving NJ, NY, CT

      888-573-HOMZ (4669)

    • Let It Be Lovely Events

      Jasmine Holak

      Let It Be a Party

      Serving Ocean County


    • AT&T Mobile Retail

      Jessica Panepinto

      1645 Route 35 North

      Oakhurst, NJ 07755


    • ABR Construction Co Residential Builders

      Angelo Romas

      2601 Long Beach Boulevard

      Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

      phone: 609-242-8526

      cell: 609-618-8531

    • Soroptimist International of Long Beach Island NJ

      Ellen Dombrowski

      Kathy Picarello

      PO Box 202

      Ship Bottom, NJ 08008


    • Team Family Dental

      Stacey Alexander

      853 Mill Creek Road

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • AMI AtlantiCare

      Paul Dintino

      517 Route 72 West

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • The Max Challenge of Lacey

      Kane Kang

      Tracey Keogh

      800 Lacey Road

      Forked River, NJ 08731


    • Charisma’s Cookies

      Michelle Dellaperute

      455 Route 9 South, Unit #2

      Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


    • Eastern Janitorial Supply

      Brad Singer

      Toms River, NJ 08755


    • BSR Physical Therapy

      Morgan Gamble

      602 Route 72 East

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • Cluck’n Crabs

      Amy Costa

      857 Mill Creek Road

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • Creperie De La Mer

      Nadia Albright

      126 North Bay Avenue

      Beach Haven, NJ 08008


    • Denino’s Manahawkin

      Raymond Poridori

      100 McKinley Avenue

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • Excel Maintenance Services

      Tim McCulla

      229 Cranmer Drive

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050



    • Career Consulting

      E. Joseph Hummel, Jr., RN, LFACHE

      Long Beach Township, NJ 08008


    • LBI Cleaning & Conceirge

      Erin Golden

      PO Box 279

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050


    • My Three Sons Seafood & Produce

      Ray Gormley

      850 Route 9

      Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


    • Northwestern Mutual

      Andrew Schuler

      PO Box 279

      Serving Southern Ocean County


    • Sea Breeze Realty Group

      Cathy Moeller

      2017 Long Beach Boulevard

      Surf City, NJ 08008


    • Set the Bar

      Sue Vilardi

      275 Junction Drive

      Cedar Run, NJ 08092


    • Shades of Beach Haven

      Sam Sauls

      Bay Village

      830 N Bay Ave

      Beach Haven, NJ 08008


    • Tree of Life Massage & Wellness

      Susan Petrick

      The Women’s Collective for Healing and Empowerment

      465 Route 9

      Waretown, NJ 08758


    • Ocean’s Harbor House

      Michael Bucca

      808 Conifer Street

      Toms River, NJ 08753

      732-929-0096 X 205

    • Southern Rams Youth Football & Cheer – AYF

      Sheila Migneault

      PO Box 133

      Manahawkin, NJ 08050