Land & Sea

Vol. 5, Issue #3 – May & June 2019

make it


a message from our CEO

Our 105th summer has arrived! Our milestone year is the local history of how small businesses working together can impact and influence the growth of where we live, work and vacation. When we look at images, visitor guides and memos from our past years it is filled with names, places and habits that feel very much like home. As the Long Beach Island Board of Trade, the businesses of the area gathered to support initiatives that helped bring commerce into the region. The Chamber always packed innovation into opportunity so businesses had the option to grown in new directions, and today it is our members who set the bar for what our economy can achieve. Our upcoming business events offer a Small Business/Tourism Week Innovate & Caffeinate, Grand Opening After Hours at Hotel LBI, and Non Profit Resource Sharing Event.

As a nonprofit organization, we have grown strong because of the decades of good people working to make things happen. This spring we take time to enjoy all that has been accomplished, our May 16 Summer Get Acquainted Party at Fantasy Island is an open invitation for our members to bring their staff and families out for a fantastic night in the park. June 12 our Thrive in 105 Gala at Parker’s Garage will be the perfect way to welcome summer with great food and friends. Check out our Thrive in 105 dedicated webpage and hope to see you there!

Lori Pepenella

Southern Ocean Chamber 105th Gala

June 12, 2019 5:30 pm Parkers Garage, Beach Haven

Celebrate with an evening on the bay, as Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members toast to a milestone year with drinks, dinner and dancing.

Along with a delicious four course menu and open bar, the Southern Ocean County Chamber members can enjoy dinner music, digital photo booth as well as memorable bayside networking.

Tickets are on sale now!

upcoming events


Innovate & Caffeinate Membership Meeting

8:15 am, The Mainland, Manahawkin

Celebrating Small Business Week with a presentation by Timothy Hart of Ocean County Culture and Heritage. He will be presenting: Doing Business in Southern Ocean County, What we Have Learned Over the Past Century. Also featuring a special exhibit with latest VR technology from Ocean County Tourism. $25 with RSVP includes breakfast, program and networking.


Summer Get Acquainted Party at Fantasy Island Amusement Park

5 pm, Fantasy Island, Beach Haven

Spend an old-fashioned evening with free rides and entertainment. Open to all members, staff and their families. Free with RSVP to chamber office


Beach Haven Seafood Festival and Night Market

2 pm- 9pm, Taylor Avenue Waterfront

Enjoy fresh seafood, local delicacies and beer on tap while listening to live music and shopping unique finds.


Season Kick Off & Tour After Hours With Brand New Hotel LBI

5 – 7 pm, Hotel LBI, Ship Bottom

Take part in the glamour of this new luxury hotel with fellow members and business colleagues while enjoying delicious food, cash bar and private hotel tours. Free with RSVP.


Hometown Security Seminar

10 am – 12pm, Ship Bottom Fire Company

Covering topics for businesses such as Active Shooter Response, Physical Protective Measures & Cybersecurity. Presented in partnership with NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, NJ State Police, US Department of Homeland Security & Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Free with RSVP.


105th Milestone Gala

5:30 pm, Parkers Garage, Beach Haven

Join us for an evening on the bay, over a century in the making. $105 per person includes dinner, open bar, presentation and entertainment. For reservations contact


Women in Business Roundtable at the Woo Hoo

10 am, 211 S Bay Ave. Beach Haven

Dynamic Conversation, refreshments and networking. A perfect way to start the summer!

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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news from the chamber

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
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
Virtual Reality Demo for Small Business & Tourism Week

In celebration of the chamber's 105th anniversary, they have dedicated its Small Business Week breakfast meeting to "Doing Business Then and Now", debut of 105th Anniversary video and Virtual Reality experience.

Innovate & Caffeinate may 8
Get Acquainted Party Hosted at Fantasy Island

Kick off the Summer with a tradition dating back a century! Join our business community for a free old-fashioned night of fun.

Southern Ocean Made may 16
Businesses Welcome to Tour Hotel LBI After Hours

Take time to get the season started by savoring the new luxury hotel and its amenities with...

Open For Business may 21
First Responder Fridays

As the chamber celebrates its milestone of 105 years of continuous service, we plan on highlighting the valued relationship that the business community has with our first responders, who as non profit organizat...

Non Profit Solutions
Thrive in 105 Non Profit Community Partnership Workshop

As part of the regional chamber's 105th Anniversary, focus continues on area non profit groups with service pairing and resource sharing workshop.

Non Profit Solutions June 7
Thank You To The Thrive in 105 Committee

With many decisions to be made that would give direction to 2019, it was noted that highlighting the importance the volunteer Fire Companies and EMS organizations have on our daily lives was key.

Southern Ocean Made
Coastal Resiliency

Gathering individuals who would like to contribute to our ongoing resource, if you are interested in sharing up to date information regarding coastal resiliency.

Southern Ocean Made
Surf & Sip Brew Trail Partners With Izzo’s Brew Bus

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members reach new audiences together as brew trail transportation provides a mini beer vacation.

Southern Ocean Made
Lighthouse International Film Festival

See you at the movies! We are excited to be a supporter for the full 11 years!

Southern Ocean Made June 6-9
Water Ferry Service Nominated for NJ Tourism Excellence Award

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Beach Haven, Borough of Tuckerton EDC, Ocean County Planning and Tuckerton Seaport Museum serve on the Water Ferry Committee.

Non Profit Solutions
Seafood Festival & Night Market

Seafood Festival May 18 & Sept 7– 2- 9 pm Come out and partic...

Southern Ocean Made May 18 & Sept 7
Ocean County as a Military- Friendly Destination

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to promote your business to those who serve and sacr...

Beach Culture Redefined
2019 Wedding Road Show

2019 Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour Continues to woo new business to the Region Southern Ocean County Chamber’s 11th annual event pulls out all the stops while presenting a world of options for destination wedding and special event Building on the tradition of a decade of Wedding Road Shows, this April 28 proved […]

Wedding Road Show

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 affecting businesses with 30 employees or more working over 20 consecutive weeks. View full bill here.

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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105 Gala presented by Fantasy Island Amusement Park

may18th& sept7th

Beach Haven Seafood Festival & Night Market

october5 & 6th

Chowderfest Weekend