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With businesses reopening at a steady pace, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce focuses on moving forward for businesses, visitors and residents.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


- Since the chamber relocated from its emergency business recovery office at the Stafford Heritage Park back to its Ship Bottom Visitor Center 10 days after the storm, the message has been Open for Business. Sponsoring the first Small Business Administration Disaster Recovery Center in the state, reaching out for mentorship and best practices from the New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau, as well as facilitating and representing State and Federal funding assistance meetings, it has been as fast paced as the rebuild itself.

Hours after the storm, the chamber's website http://www.visitlbiregion.com/  has been updated with links and facts for rebuilding and recovery on the Surviving Sandy Newsletter, with info from consumer fraud tips, FEMA, SBA and NJ Business Action Center information. A Shop the Shore Holiday listing of regional businesses that are open for holiday shopping or offering gift certificates is also featured on line. A Know your Contractor listing was added to promote pre storm professional and commercial services, as well as updates and messaging going out in every medium. The LBI Region facebook, twitter and pinterest pages, LBI Regional Report video series and the launch of  weekly radio show on WBNJ 91.9FM  LBI Regional Radio Report airing Mondays at 8am and 6pm or online at http://www.wbnj.org/, which roll calls new business reopening each week, special events and featured a local business or community interview. The first two episodes have been Panzone Pizza and The Tuckerton Seaport. In addition, the Destination Marketing Director for the region and State Chair of the New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations, Lori Pepenella has attended several meetings to encourage an increase in tourism marketing budget to help state counteract the post storm publicity that the entire shore line has received. "LBI is open, the mainland is open and this is our mantra everyday," stated Pepenella. A series of ads have been placed locally and out of state, as well as long standing initiatives such as February Chocolate Week, April 21 Wedding Road Show and June Art and Film Festivals are already being promoted. Business events are also being scheduled on a regular basis.

The Chamber, who will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2014, has planned a dynamic breakfast meeting on January 8. The annual State of the Chamber at Sea Oaks Country Club featuring Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, Rockport Analytics Researcher Ken McGill, Kelly Schulz, VP Public Relations of New Orleans CVB and Joel Naroff nationally accredited economist all to give their insight and suggestions on upcoming year. The event begins at 830 and is $35. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is located at 265 West Ninth Street and offers SBA and other crucial information for businesses to begin to rebuild. Contact them at 609 494 7211, http://www.visitlbiregion.com/, Facebook at LBI Region or listen to weekly LBI Regional Report at http://www.wbnj.org/.

posted on: December 12, 2012 1:20 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
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