Land & Sea

Vol. 5, Issue #6 – November & December 2019

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a message from our CEO

Heading into the holiday season we can take this time to be grateful that we live and work in this remarkable community. We close out our 105th year moving forward into the new frontier of 2020. Our new strategic plan is underway and we will be inviting members to participate in Modernization Summits, Innovate & Caffeinate Breakfasts and increasing the impact our LBI Region Business Community can make. Now it is time to gather and enjoy shopping local, celebrating friends and family as well as supporting our non profit groups that will be making a difference to our neighbors.

We are rolling out some exciting changes to our Shop Small Saturday and Holiday Redefined Program, hosting our Veteran Small Business Week Google Live Stream, presenting a Fall Non Profit Volunteer Symposium as well as planning our annual Holiday Cocktail Party. See you at our November 13 Shop Small Holiday Season Kick off and make time to be merry.

Thanks for all you do,

Lori Pepenella

Shop Small Kick Off: Innovate and Caffeinate

November 13th, The Mainland Holiday Inn

Hear about the latest local holiday shopping program initiative, top customer service trends and what representatives from businesses across the region have planned as the holiday season kicks off.

Help the business community get ready for the holiday shopping season, with kick off of Shop Small Saturday and Holidays Redefined Shopping program with new technology and contests to get retail, restaurants and services into the mix!

The popular Holiday Redefined Shopping program was created to generate extra exposure for retail and restaurant businesses who are offering addition services and extended hours for holiday shoppers. Launched last year, Holidays Redefined Shopping Program shared updated blogs and social postings featuring participating members who are open, as well as in store specials and holiday happenings with new mapping technology. It all begins with us continuing our championing Shop Small Saturday November 30 throughout the holiday shopping season. Ocean County College will share the latest tips and trends for holiday customer service to boot!

The cost to the event is $25 per person, with advance RSVP to the chamber office

For Holiday Promotion Sign up visit:

upcoming events


New Jersey Conference on Tourism

Hard Rock Hotel

Want to brand like a rock star, learn about NJ’s American Dream or become a content marketing pro? How about networking during NJ Trivia Breakfast, Celebration of Tourism Lunch or late-night cocktail party? Join NJTIA at the NJ Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City!

For information and registration visit:


40th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade

1pm Ship Bottom along Long Beach Blvd 5th-25th street

We are proud to have been an ongoing sponsor and committee participant for this fantastic family event. There is no better way to usher in this joyous time of year then this showstopper! Celebrating a its big 40.

Learn more about sponsoring or supporting a banner this year:

december 11th

Annual Holiday Cocktail Party

Hotel LBI 5:30pm- 8:30pm

Eat, drink and be merry as we toast to the season during our popular annual event. Passed appetizers, food stations, cash bar in the Conservatory at HOTEL LBI.

Keep the Bucks Local

Please use members for Holiday Shopping, Dining, and Services! Go to to find out where to go for the Big Meal on Thanksgiving and all your Holiday needs!

news from the chamber

New Digital Mapping for Shop Small Saturday

New Insta Contest for #HOLIDAYSREDEFINED The Holidays Redefined shopping program kicks off its third year on Shop Small Saturday taking place on November 30. New this year shoppers can follow the chamber’s LBI ...

Beach Culture Redefined nov 30
Holiday Cocktail Party

Reservations Now Being Accepted!

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FanFare Program

Learn About FanFare Program

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Non Profit Forum Volunteer Symposium

Non Profit Volunteer Symposium November 26th 10 am Manahawkin Campus of Stockton University Non Profit groups are invited to join the regional chamber, Stockton University, AARP and Ocean County Culture and Her...

Beach Culture Redefined nov 26
New: Now Serving Program

This sneak peak is our latest program which was created to showcase their culinary establishment members starting up in 2020.

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Veteran Small Business Week Google Live Stream

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is honored to support the commitment to helping our nation’s military service members start their own businesses. As a Trusted Google Partner, the Southern Oc...

Southern Ocean Made nov 5
Chowderfest Thank You!

Congratulations to 2019 Cook off Award Winners! We would like to thank all who supported the 31st Annual Chowderfest weekend that took place October 5 & 6 2019. With perfect fall chowder weather, high energy restaurants, enthusiastic crowds and passionate volunteers; the cook off event brought together 13,506 in attendance. Chowderfest was created to extend […]

Beach Culture Redefined
Calling our Restaurant and Culinary Service Members!

Complete the our Restaurant Tech Survey to help us plan for ways to better serve our changing community. As we approach 2020, we are The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has begun working on their five year strategic plan, so we can continue to innovate our business community. We are beginning the movement by […]

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40th Annual Christmas Parade

Remember Christmas Past at the 40th Annual Christmas Parade We are proud to have been an ongoing sponsor and committee participant for this fantastic family event. There is no better way to usher in this joyous...

Southern Ocean Made dec 7
Downtown Driven

Our CEO Lori Pepenella is one of the Tourism Experts representing on Panel at 104th Annual NJ League of Municipalities Conference Nov 19-21, the panel will be presided over by Little Egg Harbor Mayor Barbara Jo...

Southern Ocean Made nov 19-21
New Jersey Conference on Tourism

Get the latest tourism resources! Want to brand like a rock star, learn about NJ’s American Dream or become a content marketing pro? How about networking during NJ Trivia Breakfast, Celebration of Tourism Lunch...

Southern Ocean Made dec 4-5
Wedding Road Show 2020

Registration is now open!

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legislative updates

Legislative Update: Short Term Rental Tax Amendment

A 4814 Governor: Murphy Signs Bill Easing Tax On Shore Rentals Governor Phil Murphy signed ...

Beach Culture Redefined
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

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of the Ocean County Complete ...

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Legislative Update: Federal ADA Website Compliance

Recent rulings may affect your website, please check if you are ADA compliant. For more information visit:

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

2020 Land & Sea Guide Main Fulfillment
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save the date: Start our 106th Year


40th Annual Christmas Parade

Long Beach Boulevard 5th st – 25th st 1pm. Sponsor a banner or register here.


State of the Chamber 2020

State of the Chamber- The Mainland Holiday Inn 8 am


Wedding Road Show

Our one of a kind LBI Wedding Road Show and Party Planning Tour is back for its 12th Annual showcase. Find out how to become involved by contact Wedding Road Show Registration form:

advertising opportunities

Authentic and proven programs that will complement your business plan. Contact, 609-494-7211 x104.

Land & Sea Magazine

2020 Land & Sea Visitor Guide sales are now being reserved- contact Samantha to reserve your space or find out more information or call 609 494 7211 x 108

Advertising Opportunities
Digital Billboard

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

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

Joshua Roda

Vinyl Agency

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

Partner Members

New Members

  • Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty

    Katherine Spataro

    1120 Long Beach Boulevard

    Ship Bottom NJ 08008


  • Bubbakoo’s Burritos

    Taylor Bidinost

    601 Washington Avenue

    Manahawkin NJ 08050


  • Hazel Boutique

    Kim Campfield

    101 West 27th Street

    Ship Bottom NJ 08008

  • New Jersey Coastal Coalition, Inc.

    Tom Quirk

    PO Box 594

    Longport NJ 08403


  • Simply Yoga LBI

    Mary Durner

    412 North Bay Avenue, Unit A

    Beach Haven NJ 08008


  • Miked Audio LLC

    Mike Milkovitz

    Southern Ocean County


  • LBI Boat Tours

    Capt. Tom Masterson

    Morrison’s Marina, Dock 33

    525 Second Street

    Beach Haven NJ 08008


  • Artisan Cafe & Grill

    Steven Sgarlato

    1511 Long Beach Boulevard

    North Beach Haven NJ 08008


  • Comcast Spotlight

    Joe Balinski

    81 East Water Street, Suite 1A

    Toms River NJ 08753


  • Jersey Charm

    Laurie and Steve Pfaff

    415 Route 9, Unit 2B

    Lanoka Harbor NJ 08734


  • Absolutely American Pest Control

    Wayne Dentroux

    Ocean County NJ


  • Art Futures, Inc.

    Bernie Rosenberg

    Ocean County NJ/p>


  • Wanna Window

    John Barbagallo

    166 South Main Street

    Manahawkin NJ 08050


  • McDonald’s

    Jessica Mato

    460 Route 9 South

    Little Egg Harbor NJ 08087


  • LM Juarez Landscaping

    Meinardo Juarez

    Southern Ocean County


  • Coastal Wealth Planners

    Kyle Hart

    364 North Main Street, Suite 10A

    Manahawkin NJ 08050

    732 554-1099 X 101

  • Scott Peraria Builders LLC

    810 Barnegat Avenue, Suite C

    Ship Bottom NJ 08008

    609 494-1100