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The region's most
popular visitor publication hits welcome centers across the state with a
collector edition celebrating 100 years of business and tourism.
Vintage photos, modern stories, event calendar
and coupons have packed the Southern Ocean County Chamber Escape Guide in time
for the organization's 100th Anniversary. 35,000 copies are produced
highlighting the region year round; thousands are placed in local rental
packages during the summer, sent to state visitor centers as the region's main
fulfillment piece, handed out at events and mailed out by request throughout
As part of the Southern Ocean County Chamber 100th celebration, this edition
features archive photos that pair with up to date happenings to create a sense
of continued service that began in 1914. The Southern Ocean County Chamber
kicked off the countdown to a century of service last May with a year long
coffee with the chamber program each Wednesday. Hundreds of members, residents
and visitors have stopped in to view archives and chat with chamber staff. An
historic Old Times luncheon took place in November with a panel of long time
business owners discussing past challenges and successes that they have
experienced along with accolades from Congress, New Jersey Governor office,
Ocean County Freeholders and recognition from NJ Biz for being named a Top
Chamber in New Jersey. It also kicked off the Spotlight Salute campaign involving
business districts throughout the region to join in the spirit of 100 years of
success as an organization run by businesspeople for businesspeople.
2014 began with the first business meeting of its 100th year with another
packed ballroom in January which featured strategic plan, Regional Business
Development Council, public relations outline and news of being one of 172
organizations worldwide to receive destination accreditation from DMAI
Washington DC. February featured the NJ Hall of Fame and day of consumer
engagement at the Centennial Family Expo. With the Centennial Summer Escape
guide launching in April and plans for a spectacular 100th Gala at the Long
Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences on May 15 it has been a year
to truly mark a century.
For copies of the 2014 Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Centennial
Summer Escape Guide, stop into their visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street in
Ship Bottom, call at 609 494 7211 or pick up a copy at the May 3 Splash into
Summer event held 10-3pm at Ship Bottom Boat Ramp. Visitor and business
information is also available on www.visitLBIregion.com or on social media as
posted on: April 14, 2014 10:47 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce joins tourism colleagues at the NJ Travel Industry Association Tourism Conference March 19-20 to learn the latest in statewide tourism strategies, trending topics and as a NJ Tourism Excellence Award nominee
The New Jersey Travel Industry Association hosts its 2014 Tourism Conference at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City March 19-20. This statewide event, brings tourism professionals, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce, restaurants, attractions, culture and lodging representatives together to advance knowledge and share expertise on best practices of tourism opportunities within the state. Speakers throughout the conference feature America's Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg, an Emmy award winning travel journalist on CBS and NY Times best selling author on March 19 and Jersey City's St Anthony High School Coach Bob Hurley, one of the most winning coaches in high school basketball history, who through his motivation changed the path of his community. Coach Hurley was the subject of the book Miracle of St Anthony's and a 60 Minutes segment, will be the keynote at Thursday's Celebration of Tourism Luncheon. Sessions include Connecting with customers, especially women and moms, New Travel Frontiers Mobile Packaging, Rural Tourism Security and Safety as well as Cultural Attractions.
During the March 20 Celebration of Tourism Luncheon the New Jersey Travel Industry Association will present the 2014 NJ Tourism Excellence Awards, where the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce's LBI Region Report Radio Show has been nominated for a partnership and public relations award. The LBI Region Report is in its second season and airs weekly on WBNJ 91.9FM highlighting Southern Ocean County Chamber members on the air reaching over 26000 listeners is Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Philadelphia counties. The Southern Ocean County Chamber has won Tourism Award recognition in previous years for Chowderfest Weekend, the visitLBIregion.com Website, The Wedding Road Show and LBITV Beyond the Beach Segments. The 100 year old organization, has been recently accredited by DMAI Washington DC, a status reserved for those meeting the highest industry standards.
For more information about the 2014 NJTIA conference please go to www.njtia.org, or to contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, who is celebrating their 100th Anniversary, go to www.visitLBIregion.com or call 609 494 7211.
posted on: March 6, 2014 12:00 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Valentine's Day is sweeter at the Jersey Shore and Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce shares a list of events and activities to warm your heart and reasons to bring you to the LBI Region of New Jersey
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, a hundred year old business organization who recently received accreditation from DMAI Washington DC as an Accredited Destination. This means sending sweet reminders that the Long Beach Island Region is an amazing destination and is always in season. This being the season on love, the members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has created a list of 14 forget me nots for you and the ones you love to enjoy this February
1. POSTPONED TO FEB 26 due to storm The 4th Annual Chocolate Bartending Competition at TGIFridays In Manahawkin Support local food pantries and help the Southern Ocean County Community Foundation raise funds by bidding on Chocolate inspired drinks, gift auction and judge your favorite bartending performance. Seats are limited so RSVP by contacting Fridays at 609 489-0950. DJ prizes, drink specials and many surprised.
2. Feb 14-17 Tuckerton Seaport's Cocoa Cup Mini Golf Tournament http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/ Putt your way to victory in our President's Day weekend mini-golf tournament. Win delicious chocolate prizes.
3. Feb 15 Valentine's Ball by the Bay 6-10pm at the Long Beach Island Foundation http://www.lbif.org/ An evening with friends, dinner, and dancing featuring Colts Neck Swing Band, buffet dinner catered by Touch of Elegance. Add on an overnight stay with Drifting Sands special 609 494 1241
4. Feb 15 3rd Annual Valentine's Comedy Night at The Captain's Inn 7pm with 8pm showtime http://www.laceychamberofcommerce.com/ $35 for dinner and show with three outrageous comedian Geno Bisconte, Buda and John Conte-SOLD OUT
5. Feb 15 Fabulous Fakes Show hosted by Our Gang Players at the Surflight Theatre www.ourgang.org $25 for this special event showstopper, includes hor d'oeurves and desserts at intermission 7pm
6. Feb 14 and Feb 15 Valentines Menu at The Gables Restaurant and Inn Beach Haven Dinner at one of the most beautiful inns at the Jersey Shore, Zagat rated and breath taking 609 492 3553 www.gableslbi.com
7. Feb 15 Mid Winter Beach Party at Tuckerton Seaport noon to 4pm Shake those winter blues and forget the cold. This beach blast features Surf simulator contest, surf fashion show, shaper demo, surf themed crafts, refreshments and a gnarly good time
8. Valentines/Presidents Weekend Getaway www.jdthompsoninn.com 609 294 1331 Enjoy a romantic retreat at the Historic J. D. Thomson Inn, package includes Three night Stay, full breakfast daily and a $50 Dining Gift Card
9. Feb 16 Victorian Tea featuring high tea etiquette at The Captains House at Tuckerton Seaport - SOLD OUT
10. Feb 16 Date night screening: Like Water for Chocolate presented by the Lighthouse Film Festival Society Admission $5 7pm Island Baptist Church 215 3rd St Beach Haven
11. Sea Oaks Country Club Valentine's Weekend Dinners and Overnight Packages Couples all inclusive packages, dinner and stay at the Inn enjoying beautiful Sea Oaks amenities www.seaoakscc.com 609 296 2656
12. Traditional Beach Haven Volunteer Fire House Turkey Dinner at contact www.beachhavenfire.com for details
13. Feb 17 Fantasy Island Amusement Park Pearl Anniversary Arcade open at 10am www.fantasyislandpark.com features giveways and fun
14. Resturant specials, spa treatments and exhibits to take advantage of during your time here. www.visitLBiregion.com
For more information on upcoming events, reasons to live, work and play in the Southern Ocean County area, or about the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce contact www.visitLBiregion.com, 609 494 7211 or stop into year round visitor center 265 West Ninth Street Ship Bottom NJ
posted on: January 23, 2014 10:57 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
First Membership Meeting of the organization's
100th year invites businesses to share in announcements that will shape the new
year and the new normal for Southern Ocean County.
There is plenty of good news to share, people to meet and dates for 2014 to
be marked during the next membership meeting of the Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce. Recognized as one of the largest and most influential
chambers in New Jersey, this meeting will outline the many opportunities with
their members and businesses of the region.
New program roll outs, partnerships, economic development announcements and
enhanced events to promote the region will be shared on Tuesday, January 14,
2014 beginning at 1130am at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin. Among the many
announcements, two partners will be featured speakers for the afternoon. Norris
Clark of Princeton Strategic Communications, the Public Relation firm hired by
the Southern Ocean County Chamber/DMO to promote stories involving businesses
and events throughout the state, targeting New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and
Washington DC. Mr Clark's expertise on working with other destinations and
large non profits will be shared as well as team's strategies for the crucial
winter and spring visitor decision making season. Erik Hastings, Co Founder of Olive
bone Productions will be discussing his efforts with Southern Ocean County
Chamber as new videos inviting visitors, and investors to live, work and play
in the region will begin shooting in 2014. In addition, Southern Ocean County
Chamber Funding Committee will have check presentations that will be awarded to
Lighthouse International Film Festival, Cake That and Tuckerton Seaport.
To RSVP for this exciting program, contact Southern Ocean County Chamber 609
494 7211, or online www.visitLBIregion.com. $20 per person includes buffet
lunch, networking and program.
posted on: December 16, 2013 7:19 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Business members are celebrating the holiday season with special events, outdoor markets and old fashioned customer service that will make holiday shopping a true pleasure.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members recognize that consumers shape the community. Loyalty of a return customer is the power behind strong and vibrant business districts that make our region special. Shopping locally is more important than ever in the Long Beach Island Region of NJ and with the upcoming holidays, the 100 year old business organization would like to remind everyone some of the top reasons why:
Keeping money in our local economy, dollars spent with our businesses have three times the impact! Creating jobs, funding more services, and reinvestment in neighborhood improvements
Environmental Sustainability, utilize walk able shopping to increase thriving town centers and connect residents while reducing carbon footprint
Protecting Character of Community, spending money with local business owners support the products and services that line our community and create the atmosphere that make our towns unique.
Local Businesses Give Back, businesses fuel beautification projects, support charities, and hire our neighbors.
Unique Products and Reliable Services, a healthy mix of small businesses customize the shopping experience based on the needs and knowledge of local consumers.
Whether it is specialty items for the home, latest trends in jewelry and fashion, or culinary gifts for the chef you will find it in the merchants of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Gift certificates for restaurants, services, sports enthusiasts, collectables, theater and classes are also recommended for the person who has everything. Utilize local caterers who can customize holiday menus, florists to add color to the table, and garden centers for outdoor displays.
The holidays are not all about shopping, tie in some wonderful holiday events while preparing for the season. The annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade December 7, Surflight's White Christmas and Ocean Professional Theatre Holly Jolly Dazzle. Tuckerton Seaport not only hosts their Tree Festival through January, but Chriskindlmarkt, a European style outdoor heated market on December 6-8.
For more information on the latest in local business, holiday shopping and events, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609 494 7211, go online at
www.visitLBIregion.com (http://www.visitlbiregion.com/) or follow on social media as LBIregion.
posted on: November 4, 2013 12:00 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Ocean Happenings, an online and social media magazine, announced its 2013 people's choice selections for their Happening List. "It is a true honor to be voted Best Foodie event in Ocean County" states Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Chowderfest Committee member and owner of Crust and Crumb Bakery Lew Richards. Up against well known and beloved area events, Chowderfest was nominated and voted Peoples Choice top Foodie event in Ocean County by Ocean Happenings readers. Chowderfest just celebrated its 25th Anniversary earlier this month, with a showing of almost 13000 ticket holders. In addition to the Southern Ocean Chamber's event being recognized, members The Gables winning Most Romantic Restaurant, Our Gang Players as best in Theater Organization category. Alliance for Living Ocean was announced a finalist as top Charity and Lighthouse International Film Festival was announced as finalist as Best Summer Event in Ocean County.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber will be sending representatives to The Happening List Bash on October 30 to receive this significant honor along side with fellow honorees at the Mansion in Brick. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce who organizes Chowderfest and uses funds from the event to advance the area through tourism promotion, support of non profit initiatives, high school scholarships and operation of the regions year round visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom. For more information about Chowderfest, Our Gang, ALO, Lighthouse Film Festival or The Gables contact 609 494 7211 http://www.visitlbiregion.com/
posted on: October 17, 2013 12:21 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Our members have made us one of the top chambers of commerce in the state of New Jersey!
posted on: September 26, 2013 11:19 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
- Discussion Regional Business Development Plan
- Update from Ocean County Culture and Heritage
- Southern Ocean Chamber 100th Events & Spotlights
- Calendar sharing and updates
posted on: September 26, 2013 6:12 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Almost a year after Sandy, businesses and organizations share all that fall has to offer this October in the Long Beach Island Region of New Jersey
- Sep. 17, 2013 - SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. -- The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to highlight events that bring families together in unique and traditional ways this October. With milestone events and brand new offerings the LBI Region boasts a packed calendar of events to usher in fall. The month starts off with 25th Anniversary with the shore's famous Chowderfest Weekend October 5 and 6. Live music, costumed characters, end of season bargains at Merchant Mart on Saturday and a heated restaurant competition on Sunday provide the action all within the backdrop of scenic bay views. This "Souper Bowl" themed culinary contest has restaurants tackling the challenge of the crowd favorite as each ticket holder gets to cast their vote along with unlimited tasting of red and white chowder. Saturday is a free event; tickets are available for Sunday October 6 at www.chowderfest.com.
October 11-12 brings back the second annual Operation Halloween and Zombie Outbreak to the Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat. Zombie Asylum, haunted and toddler friendly hayrides and provides chills for all ages. October 13 is LBI's 41rst Annual 18 mile run hosted by The St Francis Center. For surf fishing fans and those who would like to start, help kick off the 59th year of the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament with a free seminar on October 12 at 9am Bagels, coffee and prizes kick off the day as the Surf City Anglers provide proven techniques.
This is also a season filled with showstoppers from Surflight Theatre's Our Town October 2-6 to Our Gang's October 17-20 Cabaret, and the bone chilling October 23-27 performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Ocean Professional Theatre in Manahawkin, matinees and evening will be filled. October 12 Clam Jam brings surfers down to enjoy the shore in this annual competition. For a celebration of how all that is old is new again, The Stafford Historical Society presents their Time Travelers Ball on October 19 for dinner, dancing and costumes. October 19 & 20 brings Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park, Stafford Harvest Festival and the NJ Lighthouse Challenge. To round the month out October 24-26 Tuckerton Seaport's Haunted Seaport brings back pirates, ghosts and creatures from the deep and get cozy at October 26 is Bonfire and Storytelling at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. For details on all the events, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211 or visit our fall picks online at http://www.visitlbiregion.com/visitors/things-to-do/fallforward/
posted on: September 17, 2013 8:09 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
The volunteers involved with the 2013 Taste Dinner were scheduled to present symbolic checks representing the $10,000 checks mailed to each of the eight food pantries at the August meeting. Due to the tornado, that meeting was rescheduled for September 10. Business and community leaders are invited to join representatives from the Barnegat Food Pantry, St. Francis Center Food Pantry in Brant Beach, Lacey Food Bank in Forked River, Ken's Kitchen at St. Mary's Parish in Manahawkin, Ocean Community Church Food Ministry in Manahawkin, Tuckerton Food Pantry, King of Kings Food Pantry in Manahawkin and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Food Pantry in Waretown on Tuesday September 10 at the Southern Ocean County Chamber Membership Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin. The event begins with networking at 11 30am with lunch at noon. The Southern Ocean County Chamber will also present Surflight Theatre, Ocean Township Haunted Hayride and Barnegat Township Pirate's Day with funding committee checks. The cost of the lunch is $20, per person and includes networking, program and buffet lunch.
Another business to business opportunity and a chance to visit one of the area's newest restaurants is the Wednesday September 11, "Networking on Tap" After Hours while enjoying Business and Beer at the Arlington 1302 Long Beach Blvd in Ship Bottom. $20 per person includes two drink tickets and passed "Featured Selection" Appetizers. The evening begins at 5:30 and runs to 7:30pm.
Anyone interested in attending either the Tuesday, September 10 meeting at the Holiday Inn 151 Rt 72 Manahawkin; or the After Hours event at The Arlington on Wednesday, September 11 may RSVP by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211 or registering on line at www.visitLBIregion.com/meetings, or emailing email@example.com.