Land & Sea

Vol. 5, Issue #1 – January & February 2019

make it


a message from our CEO

The world was a very different place in 1914, but the founders of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had the foresight to establish an organization that would represent the business community locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Since its early years as the Long Beach Island Board of Trade, the businesses of the area has gathered to support innovate initiatives that help bring commerce into the region. Our Chamber’s mission is to foster positive growth, while enhancing life for visitors and residents alike.

Dating back to May 1914, businesses saw the need to work together to provide the best possible environment to all who come to our shores. Our organization brings business people together to make great things happen. The determination of local business leadership has made a remarkable impact on shaping our region, including responsible growth of infrastructure from schools, roads, and the introduction of automobile bridges in 1914 and 1959. From creating the first tourism promotional brochures in 1938, opening the doors to its visitor center in 1942, creating Miss Magic Long Beach Island in 1958, starting Chowderfest in 1989, going online with the area’s premiere information website in 1996, to planning the first Wedding Road Show in 2009, which has rebranded the region as a wedding destination over the course of the past decade.

In 2010, the Chamber of Commerce was first to champion the Shop Small Saturday Movement to its members, which has now grown Thanksgiving Weekend demand substantially. In 2014, it became a globally accredited Destination Marketing and Management Organization, one of 200 across the world. In 2017, it partnered with the Office of Homeland Security to bring the first Hometown Security Seminar for businesses in time for the busy summer season and also created the first POP UP chamber meetings to showcase vacant commercial space. In 2018, it established the first brew trail in the state as well as became a Trusted Google Verifier to help our members stand out.

The 105 committee has created special #thrivein105 events throughout the anniversary year. Members of the 105 Anniversary Committee are: Chelsea Kulp Shore Brake Cyclery, Jonathan Giglio, Giglio Awning, Dawn Simon of Swing Graphics, Peter Sullivan, Breakerzine, Erik Stromborn of Beasley Media Group, Jennifer Quinn of The Wireless Experience/Fantasy Island.

Lori Pepenella

State of the chamber

January 16, 2019 8:15am The Mainland, Manahawkin.

Join us as we open our 105th year with our most anticipated business event of the year. Featured speaker is Joseph Simonetta, Senior Partner of Public Strategies Impact, who will discuss new policies and legislation affecting New Jersey Businesses in 2019.

In addition to Mr. Simonetta, the committee will announce special events including an exclusive Google DMO Partnership and Trusted Verifier status, along with promotions that will be happening throughout the region in recognition of this milestone year.

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

Registration is now open for Chocolate Week & Wedding Road Show

Online applications will be ready, look for chamber email, social postings or correspondence from Kate Krier, Business Outreach Coordinator to guarantee proper promotion and placement!

upcoming events


After Hours

5-7 pm, 537 Rt 9, Waretown
The Breakers Kitchen & Tap

After Hours at the Breakers Kitchen & Tap. Free with RSVP for members to network, enjoy delicious bites and cash bar featuring craft brews.


Women in Business Roundtable

10 am, 1140 Rt 72 W, Manahawkin

Women in Business Roundtable hosted by Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation at Beach Plum Room. Meet Regina Foley, Chief Operating officer as we gather to enjoy refreshments, network with women doing business in our region and take part in keynote discussions. Free with RSVP.

february10th– 17th

Chocolate Week

All Week Long

Sweeten up your winter with Chocolate Week in the Long Beach Island region. Just in time to make winter a little bit sweeter, Collaborate with us as we present Southern Ocean County a series of offers, activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend; to encourage out-of-area visitors as well as serving local residents. From decedent open houses, chocolate themed sales, delicious drink specials to creative menu items, take advantage of broadcast, digital, social and print promotion. No cost for members to participate!


105th Anniversary Event

12-3 pm, Chamber Chocolate Week Open House

Meet me at the Chamber Chocolate Week Open House! Drop in and treat yourself to some delicious treats our members have cooked up, and find out what is happening for our milestone year.


Women in Business

10 am, 2nd floor of the Chamber Building

Women in Business Thrive in 105 Tea party hosted by Tea Party To Go and our 105 Committee located at second floor of chamber building featuring networking, delicious anniversary tea and updates on upcoming special events. Free with RSVP.


Non Profit Forum – Ocean County Library Presents Free Tools to Help Grow Your Mission

10 am, 712 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin
Stockton University Manahawkin Campus

Non Profit Forum hosted at Stockton University Manahawkin Campus. Featuring inside information on how to get free tools to help you grow your mission; network and refreshments provided. Free with RSVP.


Business for Breakfast Power Hour

7:30-8:30 am, The Mainland

Join us and Ocean County SCORE Mentors for an early riser interactive breakfast buffet $12.95. Discussions centered around challenge questions for attendees to input their thoughts and ideas. RSVP – pay directly to Mainland after dining.


Innovate & Caffeinate

8:15 am, The Mainland

Innovate & Caffeinate Membership Meeting at The Mainland. Registration begins at 8:15 am. Breakfast buffet, panel discussion and networking. $25 with RSVP.


After Hours

5-7 pm, 529 Rt 9, Unit 5, Waretown
Oyster Creek Brewing Company

After Hours with Oyster Creek Brewing Company. Meet Southern Ocean Brew Trail’s newest Craft Brewer while networking with members. Free with RSVP


The 11th Annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour


This award winning event has been matching special event providers with party planners on a self-guided tour. Professional party services for weddings and events take center stage for hundreds that come through to decide all aspects of their celebration. $100 for members to participate – space fills quickly.

news from the chamber

CEO Begins Vice President Term for NJTIA

Lori Pepenella was sworn in as Vice President of the state’s leading tourism advocacy organization at the 2018 NJ Conference on Tourism held in Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City.

Downtown Driven dec 5-6
Popular LBI Region Report is now Alexa Enabled

The award winning LBI Region Report has given a voice to local business,...

LBI Region Radio Show
Legislative Updates: Minimum Wage Increase

The Assembly Labor Committee considered A-15, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 for most business by 2024.

Open For Business dec 10
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: An Act Concerning Transient Accommodation Taxes and Fees

Makes transient accommodation taxes and fees only applicable if rented through marketplace.

Beach Culture Redefined nov 26
Legislative Updates: Increases Occupancy Tax Contribution to Arts, History and Dept. of Tourism

Makes transient accommodation taxes and fees only applicable if rented t...

Open For Business feb 8
Chocolate Week is Here to Sweeten Business

It is Back to Sweeten Winter Business!

Downtown Driven feb 8-16
Stay Connected with Realtime Updates From Chamber, Members & Events

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Downtown Driven
Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour 2019

2019 brings the 11th Anniversary of our LBI Wedding Road Show, this event has grown to brin...

Wedding Road Show april 28

founded in family

Celebrating the uniqueness of our local businesses and the families that are behind them. Founded in Family allows fellow members as well as the consumers to know more about the effort, time and passion that builds a family owned operation. In 2019, 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 this past year.

advertising opportunities

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Chocolate Week Golden Ticket Promotion!

Help spread the word to potential new members, pick up free 105th Anniversary Chocolate Bars to share to businesses, they may get a golden ticket that can be redeemed for 2019 membership. 10 tickets available, must be a first-time member.

Advertising Opportunities
Digital Billboard

Start the year with the attention your business or event deserves contact for annual or peak season rates.

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

  • Independent by Liberty Travel

    Jill Snyder

    Southern Ocean County, NJ


  • Six Flags Great Adventure

    Megan Werts

    HR Supervisor

    1 Six Flags Boulevard

    Jackson, NJ 08527


  • Flagship Studios

    Michael Hook

    Southern Ocean County, NJ


  • Shanti Revolution

    Jodie Goff

    249 Great Bay Boulevard, Unit 3

    Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


  • The Grapevine Restaurant

    Sal Manfre

    364 East Main Street

    Tuckerton, NJ 08087


  • Eastlin Floral Design

    Erin Eastburn

    120 West Main Street

    Tuckerton, NJ 08087


  • Melanie Cassie Photography

    Melanie Cudnik

    Serving Ocean County, NJ


  • Beach Waves Salon

    William Ferinde

    2400 Long Beach Boulevard

    Surf City, NJ 08008


  • Baked on the Beach

    Justin Sheplin

    2101 Long Beach Boulevard

    Surf City, NJ 08008


  • VanDyk Group

    Arthur “Art” Rosenbaum

    Real Estate Associate

    275 Route 72 East

    Manahawkin, NJ 08050


  • Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit

    Leslie Lorah

    508 East Bay Avenue

    Manahawkin, NJ 08050