Land & Sea

Vol. 5, Issue #4 – July & August 2019

make it


a message from our CEO

Doing business is what we all do best, we are ready for the summer season to bring thousands of people who will rely upon our member’s expertise in providing services, products and local knowledge. Now is the time to drop off or send your 2019 material so we have your latest in house for this busy time of year. Our website and social media is an extension to your outreach, please upload material to our community calendar as well as tag and follow us as @LBIregion @southernoceanchamber @theofficialLBIchowderfest

Not to rush summer by starting the fall conversation, but we are planning another outstanding Chowderfest Weekend as well as Shop Small Saturday and Holiday Shopping program. We are working now, so the upcoming months will be packed with opportunity for you to take part in!

Wishing you a successful summer!

Lori Pepenella

31st Chowderfest

October 5th & 6th 2019 Taylor Ave Ball Field, Beach Haven

Kick off the weekend with the Merchant Mart, then join to watch the best restaurants in the region square off for all ticket holder votes with unlimited red, white and creative chowder samples! Great chowder is accompanied by great live music, the lineup scheduled to perform on Sunday are: Ted Hammock and Jason Booth, The Pickles and The Impulsives. Attendees can partake in the delicious food tent, grab a chair with padded seating, avoid long lines with extra beer and cider taps, shop exclusive Chowdawear merchandise, and vote and cheer on the winners at closing ceremonies!

Want a table for your goods or services? Limited space available please contact:

upcoming events


4th of July

Many events surrounding the holiday. Whether you are pregaming the weekend before or staying right through, there is something happening in every corner of our region. For a full list of times and events of Parades visit: For daytrip or vacation planning, our Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday at 265 W Ninth Street Ship Bottom (609)494-7211


Google Seminar – Small Business Summer School

12 pm – 1 pm, Second Floor – Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce

The Southern Ocean County Chamber has teamed up with Google and we want local businesses in the LBI region to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. Stand out online with Google My Business tools that you will learn to master in this seminar. Attendees will learn best practices for connecting with local shoppers directly on Google Search, using reviews, posts and more. By the end of the class, you’ll be geared up for success that you can apply to your business. Google Verifications and Google swag will be available.


Innovate & Caffeinate: Founded in Family Business Forum

Holiday Inn – The Mainland

Featuring New Jersey Business Action Center Director of Small Business Advocacy Mr. Don Newman on real time mentoring assistance, financing and incentive programs and other resources for small and family operated businesses. Introduction and Family Business Overview by Stockton University Professor John Boyle.

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news from the chamber

Google Summer School is in Session

Sharpen your pencils and join us for Small Business Summer School with Google! July 17th– 12pm- 1 pm The Southern Ocean County Chamber has teamed up with Google and we want local businesses in the LBI reg...

Southern Ocean Made July 17
Christmas in July

Celebrating the Season? Members holding special events or promotions for July 25 “Christmas in July” let us know! Our social campaign highlighting activities during that time can feature you. Help us build our ...

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Brew Trail Is Now On Untappd App

Southern Ocean Made Surf & Sip Brew Trail is now verified venue on UNTAPPD We proudly announce their New Jersey Tourism Industry Excellence Award winning Southern Ocean Made Surf & Sip Brew Trail is now verified venue on UNTAPPD. Untappd is a popular way to socially share and explore the world of beer with other […]

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Ferry Launches

Award winning Ferry launches July 6th and runs every Saturday, Sunday and Monday until Labor Day weekend! The Tuckerton Seaport/Beach Haven Ferry powered by the Southern Ocean County Chamber Standby rides free,...

Southern Ocean Made July 6
Tourism President’s Award for Downtown Driven Water Ferry Project

Southern Ocean Chamber receives Tourism President’s Award for Downtown Driven Water Ferry Project The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association hosted New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Jeff Vasser, Secretary of State Tahesha Way and keynote speaker Governor Phil Murphy to speak with over 120 statewide tourism leaders for the New Jersey Tourism […]

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Chowderfest XXXI

Our members are celebrating the 31st Chowderfest! October 6th– 10am VIP 11am GA Our C...

Merchant Mart

The biggest consumer event in our region! October 5th– 10am – 5pm Taylor Ave Ball Field, Beach Haven our Chowderfest Coordinator Todd Elsasser continues to build excitement into the event and is a g...

Thank You for Helping Us Make History

Our 105th Gala was presented by Fantasy Island Amusement Park Our attendees enjoyed a beautiful night at Parker’s Garage and Oyster Saloon in Beach Haven as our Chamber celebrated its 105th summer. Special than...

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Congratulations to Class of 2019!

Congratulations to Class of 2019! We are pleased to support the graduates in Pinelands, Bar...

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Shop Small Saturday

Be on the List for Shop Small Saturday! Sign on for Shop Small Saturday and Holiday Shopping Redefined program. We have been rallying our community since 2010 to make Thanksgiving Weekend a big day for our shop...

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Holiday Cocktail Party

Reservations Now Being Accepted!

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legislative updates

Legislative Updates: An Act Concerning Limited Breweries

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

Beach Culture Redefined nov 26
Legislative Update: Video Recording Restrictions

Legislative Update: Bill: S3926 Prohibits certain video recordings in hotels and transient accommodations. Sponsors: Greenstein (D14) View Full Bill Here

Open For Business
Legislative Updates on Transient Accommodations

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

Open For Business
Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Businesses

Pay scale increase valid as of: July 1st

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

Legislative Update: Bill A4191

Open For Business
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
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
Legislative Update: Retail

Legislative Update: A5393 Aca (1R)

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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Innovate & Caffeinate


Women in Business: Every Bloomin’ Thing – 10am


Chowderfest Weekend

advertising opportunities

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Land & Sea Magazine

Our “get to know guide” for exploring the Long Beach Island Region is the perfect opportunity for local businesses.

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Digital Billboard

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

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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

the staff

Lori A Pepenella

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 101

Michele Cuff

Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 103

Cindy Galvin

Business Support Associate, Ext. 105

Linda Wood

Business Support Associate, Ext. 107

Kate Krier

Business Outreach Coordinator, Ext. 104

Chelsea Pascoe

Membership Recruitment and Marketing Associate

Todd Elsasser

Chowderfest Coordinator

Samantha Cisternas

Membership & Marketing Associate, Ext. 108

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