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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
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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.
With the help of hundreds of volunteers, merchants and restaurants Southern Ocean County Chamber Chowderfest has proved for a quarter of a century that it is game ON at the shore after Labor Day.
For twenty five years, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Chowderfest Committee, which consists of dozens of local business people, have been bringing families, connoisseurs and the curious to the Taylor Avenue Ball Field in Beach Haven to experience a shore festival at its best. To kick off the weekend, the Chowderfest will be honoring a true champion. This year the Taylor Avenue Ball Field will be renamed after long time Chowderfest Chairman and Past Chamber President Frank Panzone, who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. On Saturday October 5, a free event delivers the goods with Merchant Mart. Almost 100 specialty vendors selling their wares at season blow out prices, deep discounts and one of a kind items will be ready at 10am through 4pm. Live entertainment, costumed characters, clowns and face painting, as well as music from Hawkins Road Band. Chowderwear merchandise, and tickets for October 6 cook off will be available for sale. Beer, local gourmet food tent and shopping galore all day, promised something for everyone.
On Sunday October 6, the Chowderfest shows its pride that the Superbowl is happening in the Garden State! The event is picking up the spirit and SOUPER sizing this years event for its silver anniversary. An incredible line up on the Chowda team roster, all who will be looking for ticket holders vote for RED and WHITE Grand Champions! The Arlington in Ship Bottom, Arcadia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Little Egg Harbor, Shore Fire Grille, Barnegat, Buckalews Restaurant & Tavern Beach Haven, Stefano's Seafood & Pasta North Beach Haven, Sea Oaks Country Club Little Egg Harbor, Lefty's Tavern Barnegat, The Chicken or the Egg Beach Haven, Country Kettle Chowda Beach Haven, TGI Friday's Manahawkin, Black Whale Bar & Fish House Beach Haven, Howard's Beach Haven Gardens, Southern Smoke, Wall, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, Atlantic City, Chart House Atlantic City are gearing up for an amazing event! Tickets are on sale at http://www.chowderfest.com/, or contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber Office at 609 494 7211. Follow on Facebook at Official LBI Chowderfest. $20 per adult Children $10 and VIP with 10am admission and Tasters T Shirt $50 per adult
Other great sideline events are the Chowder Cup Caddy Contest, on October 6 its game on with two contests, Chowderfest patrons can stop the by the South Gate press tent to enter their clever caddy for judging. The judges will choose the winning caddy based on the combination of function, creativity and use of championship. Also as a throw back to Chowderfest past, a special drawing for anyone who still has the Panzone Record Chowder Caddy, given out by the Panzone Chowder booth in 2010.Anyone with the Record Caddy may enter by stopping by the press tent on October 6 and receive a ticket to the drawing for a Panzone Pizza & Pasta Gift certificate. Look for Food Critic Ed Hitzel and his crew of chefs, authors and personalities in the crowd as the Critic Choice Award returns. After Chowderfest field closes for the night, patrons won;t have to travel far to enjoy two nights of entertainment as Beach Haven continues the Chowderfest vibe with two great concerts. Surflight Theatre and Catch a Rising Star have been bringing down the house on the Saturday night after Merchant Mart for the past few years with national acts and top notch performances. This year keep October 5 open for another sell out! Go to http://www.surflight.org/ for tickets and announcement of who will be performing and Sunday Night October 6, support the fishing tradition as the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Benefit Concert Deen Ween & Friends along with special guests the Billy Walton Band takes place at the Sea Shell Beach Club at 5pm to 9pm. The Sea Shell is located at 10 South Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven.
For more information on CHOWDERFEST XXV weekend, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211, stop into their visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom or http://www.chowderfest.com/.
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce-LBI Region DMO aims for highest global standard in tourism
- After servicing the Southern Ocean Business and Visitor community continually for a century, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is seeking accreditation from the premiere tourism marketing authority Destination Marketing Association International. This accreditation is shared by a select 172 organizations world wide with LBI Region DMO joining the ranks with Park City, Orlando, Denver, Palm Springs, Hilton Head and Naples/Marco Island, and publicly recognizes the organization as complying with the highest and best standards of destination marketing and management.
With sixteen sections and eighty eight quality points, the Destination Marketing Accreditation application was a lengthy and intensive multi week process to assemble and submit. The standards relating to the organization's governance, finance, human resources, technology, marketing, visitor services, sales, communications, membership, management, facilities, destination development, research, market intelligence, and stakeholder relationships, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was able to provide proven policies, projects and professional level participation to comply. If the accreditation gets approved, the Visitor Center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom will be joining Atlantic City and Meadowland Liberty CVBS as the only organizations in New Jersey to receive the accolade.
For more information on the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, their marketing arm the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization contact them at 609 494 7211, online at visitLBIregion.com or find them on most social media as LBI Region, We Are LBI or Southern Ocean County Chamber.
Looking for the next MVC, most valuable caddy for October 6 Chowder Cook Off Classic as well as a "record' breaker from the past.- SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. -- If you have ever been to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Chowderfest over the past quarter of a century, you may have noticed them. Like a true team player silently doing its part, supporting the overall goal. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but the mission is the same; help get as much chowder samples from the tents into the hands of those who wish to taste. Last year, the first official recognition came with the Clever Chowder Cup Caddy Contest, bringing 24 entries stopping by the press tent to have photo taken to be submitted to appointed judges. Last year, Carla Ciulla, of Carmel, NY was selected by the judges as 2012 favorite with Honorable Mentions going to Andrew Schuler of Collegeville, PA and Christianne Gadd of Bethlehem, PA. The favorite received 2012 Chowderfest merchandise.
This October 6, its game on with two contests, with Chowderfest patrons stopping by press tent to enter their clever caddy for judging to choose the winning caddy based on the combination of function, creativity and use of championship. Also as a throw back to Chowderfest past, a special drawing for anyone who still has the Panzone Record Chowder Caddy, given out by the Panzone Chowder booth in 2010. This drawing is sponsored by Panzone Pizza And Pasta and was created to honor Frank Panzone, Chowderfest Chairman and Past Southern Ocean County Chamber President who lost his battle to cancer late 2012. Anyone with the Record Caddy may enter by stopping by the press tent on October 6 and receive a ticket to the drawing for a Panzone Pizza & Pasta Gift certificate. If you don't feel like making your own, RECLAM the BAY will once again be selling their half shell caddies for purchase at the Chowderfest Field.
For more information on Chowderfest October 5 & 6 at the Taylor Avenue Ballfield in Beach Haven, contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce 609 494 7211, online at chowderfest.com and follow on FB as the Official LBI Chowderfest fan page
posted on: August 7, 2013 12:14 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Looking forward to the next century of service, the Board of Directors of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce convenes council of business and community leaders to initiate Regional Business Development Master Plan
Almost a century ago, the founding business members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, were instrumental in bringing businesses to the region to develop homes, hotels, transportation and service industries. As the organization begins its next 100 years, it will call to the current business leadership to assemble a plan to create a sustainable economy for the region. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members, will play a vital role in the input of this two year research plan, which will begin in August 2013, with the official roll out of "Counting Down to A Century of Service" Celebrations which will include regional spotlights on business districts coordinated with Barnegat Chamber, Lacey Chamber, Tuckerton Seaport and Stafford Businesses, which will lead to the "Centennial Summer" Spotlights on LBI.
The Regional Business Development Plan will be designed with the Ocean County Master Plan in mind. The Business Leadership Council seats are filled with defined business district representatives, state liaisons and business advisory positions with a goal to stimulate new interest, light industry and corporate sectors resulting in job creation, home property value stability and smart repurposing of vacant commercial buildings. This will provide the region's independent businesses, non profit organizations, and tourism a chance to thrive with increased opportunities from an enhanced workforce and corporate patronage. For a broader prospective, Southern Ocean County Chamber has shared the plan outline with Patrick Kenny, International Trade specialist in the US Department of Commerce, Minister for Commercial Affairs in Ottawa Richard Steffens and District 9 legislators.
Quarterly updates, releases, public forums and announcements will be made throughout the next twenty four months, leading to the release of plan findings. After plan is released, the Southern Ocean Chamber will then restructure the Business Development Plan Council to a Business Leadership Council to execute and advance the findings leading to 2020 results. For more information about the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, stop into their visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street, Ship Bottom, call 609 494 7211 or go online to www.visitLBIregion.com or on social media as LBI Region
posted on: July 30, 2013 11:48 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella