Land & Sea

Vol. 5, Issue #2 – March & April 2019

make it


a message from our CEO

The start of the year faced legislation changes, minimum wage increases, and environmental concerns that have kept the discussion active and information ongoing. Our calendar is filled with opportunities to gather in the upcoming weeks to build a vibrant 2019. With an outpouring of positivity, our Thrive in 105 milestone launch has been met with a constant flow of new business, ideas and developments that continue to redefine our economy.

On social media, features such as Chamber Close ups, campaigns including members involved in Chocolate Week and Wedding Road Show, The LBI Region Report Radio Show, as well as our focus on First Responders help galvanize the region, highlight our members and promote our destination. Along with our business events, we have some very special anniversary events happening this spring including Meet me at the Chamber Happy Hour, Get Acquainted Summer Party at Fantasy Island and our 105th Anniversary Gala at Parker’s Garage. Check out our Thrive in 105 dedicated webpage and hope to see you there!

Lori Pepenella

Innovate and Caffeinate

March 13, 2019 8:15 am The Mainland, Manahawkin

This meeting features panelists discussing topics and resources to provide information to those who invest in our region.

The event includes networking, buffet breakfast and a program to kick off the chamber’s new Coastal Resiliency Committee. The breakfast will feature a seasonal strategies panel focusing on Coastal Resiliency “What Businesses Should Know”.

RSVP Today! $25 includes breakfast, networking and program. Spots are limited.

upcoming events


Oyster Creek Brewing Co. After Hours

5-7 pm, 529 Rt 9, Unit 5, Waretown

Generating great beer and networking with Surf and Sip Brew Trail’s newest brewery Oyster Creek Brewing Co. Enjoy small batch crafter beer and soda on tap while enjoying some light bites. No fee with an RSVP, please contact the chamber.


Women in Business Roundtable Hosted at Bywatyr Shop

10 am, 13001 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township

Gather and enjoy refreshments, network with women doing business in our region and hear a new point of view from the keynote discussion. Free with an RSVP to Chamber office.


Business for Breakfast Power Hour

7:30 am, The Mainland, Manahawkin

The Business Breakfast Power Hour series will be an interactive networking with Ocean County Score mentors with a focus each month on new marketing tips and business success strategies. There is no fee to attend, but the cost of the individual breakfast which is $12.95 plus tip and tax and will be paid directly by the attendee to the restaurant.


Spring After Hours with the Drill Sergeant

5 – 7 pm, 518 Central Ave, Ship Bottom

Take some time out of your week to drop in on this veteran owned business, network and enjoy plenty of good food as we begin to countdown to longer days and warmer weather. No fee with an RSVP to Chamber office.


Meet me at the Chamber Open House

5 – 6:30 pm, the Chamber Office

Join us for Happy Hour at the Chamber Office. Drop in and get happy with us – drinks and light bites are provided! Free with RSVP. The event is sponsored by Set The Bar Sue.


Spring Non Profit Forum

10 am, Stockton University – Manahawkin Campus

Attend a new look at Social Media Marketing Forum for Non Profits hosted by Stockton Manahawkin Campus beginning at 10am. The event features refreshments, calendar sharing, networking and key note discussion.


Business for Breakfast Power Hour

7:30 – 8:30 am, The Mainland, Manahawkin

The attendees will have an opportunity to introduce their business and participate in a marketing discussion which will be led by Southern Ocean Chamber member and Ocean County SCORE. There is no fee to attend, but the cost of the individual breakfast which is $12.95 plus tip and tax and will be paid directly by the attendee to the restaurant.


11th Annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour

All Day Event, NJ

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members is planning the perfect day to arrange your wedding and milestone celebration on a free self guided party planning tour to explore the settings and professionals within the LBI Region.


Women in Business Roundtable at St Francis Center

10 am, St. Francis Center

Coffee, conversation and keynote discussion centering around April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There is no fee with an RSVP to the chamber office.

The Wedding Road Show is Now Filled

Thank you to our members for their continued support!

news from the chamber

Take Part In 11th Annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour

Arrange your wedding and milestone celebration with a free self guided party planning tour that explores the settings and professionals within the LBI Region.

Wedding Road Show april 28
Southern Ocean First Responders Honored

On February 5, volunteer fire stations and EMS squads from across the region attended a new member orientation and appreciation dinner Our members recognize the extraordinary efforts made by the men and women who serve in the region’s 24 volunteer fire and emergency service companies. When establishing preparations for our 105th year; it was clear […]

Non Profit Solutions february 5
Sweetening up Membership with Free Chocolate Bar Giveaway

Promotion is available throughout the winter into spring, or untill supp...

Southern Ocean Made
Tuckerton – Beach Haven Water Ferry Service is Back

Get on Board our Tuckerton Seaport – Beach Haven Water Ferry Powered by Southern Ocean Chamber

Downtown Driven july-oct
Southern Ocean Made Accredited Business Gets Grant Funding

Jetty Life, LLC has received a New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program grant We are proud to announce that partner member and Southern Ocean Made Accredited business Jetty Life, LLC has received a New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJSTEP) grant to cover costs in participating in out of area trade shows. The award of […]

Southern Ocean Made
The Land & Sea Guides are Here!

Our Anniversary Edition has arrived in time to plan for the upcoming year! Pick up a copy a...

Southern Ocean Made
Hometown Security Seminar on Active Shooter Response, Physical Protective Measures & Cybersecurity

Hometown Security Seminar covering topics of Active Shooter Response, Physical Protective M...

Non Profit Solutions june 5
Board Members Meeting with 3rd District Leadership

Board Members met with 3rd District leadership to discuss opportunities to create and sustain small business success in Southern Ocean County February 21, Marlton Board Member Jerry Thompson, of the Van Dyk Group and Chief Executive Officer of the chamber, Lori Pepenella met with Congressman Kim and District Director Ben Giovine at their Marlton office […]

Non Profit Solutions feb 21
SOCCC Partners with Township of Stafford

February 5, 2019, at the Stafford Township Meeting

Downtown Driven feb 5
Thank You for Helping Us Donate Thousands to Local Charity

In recognition of the regional chamber’s 30th Anniversary Chowderfest, the organizati...

Non Profit Solutions

legislative updates

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Seasonal Exemption and the Minimum Wage increase

We have worked for representation as a shore community to have the small business and seasonal exemption placed into the new law.

Open For Business
Legislative Updates: An Act Concerning Limited Breweries

The following bill makes various changes to law governing limited breweries.

Beach Culture Redefined nov 26
Legislative Updates on Transient Accommodations

Legislative Update: Bill A4814/4520 This bill amends the definition of “transient acc...

Open For Business
New Regulations for Swimming Pool Lifeguards, Inspections and Circulation Systems

Legislative Update: Bill A4191

Open For Business
New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act

New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act The new law legalizes possession and personal use of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure. Discusses Processor, Retailer and Wholesale licenses and well as Medical Regulatory Requirements. View full bill here.

Open For Business
Family Leave Law

Legislative Update: Assembly 3975 Revises Family Leave law, mostly affec...

Open For Business

Learn how to promote your business online
with Google Livestream Events

We will be hosting four Google livestream events in 2019.

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Get Acquainted Party Hosted by Fantasy Island


105 Gala presented by Fantasy Island Amusement Park

View Invitation

may18th& sept7th

Beach Haven Seafood Festival & Night Market

october5 & 6th

Chowderfest Weekend

founded in family

Meet the Hagler Family

A familiar site passing through Brant Beach, Hagler’s Marina store front is only the beginning of the services and bay front access that this multi-generational business provides. Family owned and operated for 39 years, the Hagler Marina story begins with Joe Hagler vacationing on Long Beach Island as a child.

advertising opportunities

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Digital Billboard

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Advertising Opportunities
Have you heard the LBI Region Report – The voice of local business since 2012!

Schedule to be on the LBI Region Report Radio Show for 2019. Contact to schedule your 15 minute interview which reaches 25K listeners per week.

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

Erik Stromborn

Beasley Broadcast Group

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

Partner Members

New Members