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There are many ways to enjoy your stay and upcoming events, saving money is always an important part to a vacation.
Hurley's At Holgate Motel www.hurleysinn.com offering holiday specials for overnight stays
Scojos Resturant in Tuckerton Seaport and Surf City Early bird specials from 2-6pm
Howards Restuarant www.howardsrestaurant.com Early Birds deduct 10 percent off entrees
Winward on the Beach is offering Book Early and save 10%, June VaVa Boom Specials up to 30% OFF, July Jump on Summer and Family weeks with children specials. www.windwardatthebeach.com/specials
The Chicken and the Egg in Beach Haven offers Bargain Breakfasts, look in the Sandpaper and online for Dutchmans Brauhouse Sunday Dinner Buy one and Get one Free, Country Kettle Chowda features gift boxes and discounts as well. http://www.thesandpaper.net/
The Gables Inn and Resturant are offering 25% off for patrons coming down to work on property. Please contact inn at 609 492 3553
Surflight Theatre Facebook Pages offers a buy one get one for upcoming performances. Friend them today and start saving on summer shows.
Other offers? Check out http://www.visitlbiregion.com/visitors/special-offers/
posted on: May 9, 2013 8:59 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce welcomes another LBI focused business group to the barrier island. The new organization which has six mayors or municipal reps serving as part of the board will be needed to change the infrastructure for continued business success
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce wishes the new board of directors of the LBI Chamber, the best of luck and looks forward to the six municipalities working towards the betterment of the business community and meeting in a public forum which is going to allow the discussion of island wide concerns regarding visitor enhancements that will help the businesses thrive. Unified Beach Badges, Island wide public daytime transportation, clearer signage, beautification of the island gateway, public art/culture projects; have been all ongoing topics that can be addressed by this new organization since it has streamlined speaking with each municipality separately. The Southern Ocean County Chamber, founded in 1914 and which will soon begin their celebration of a century of service, joins other Long Beach Island Business groups to the opportunity in finding solutions to the long ignored topic of tax incentives for businesses that are open year round, tax credits for landlords who allow vacant store fronts to be utilized and the formula these six towns will use to fund long term advertising projects, which will begin to make Long Beach Island as competitive as so many other resort areas.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is a regional organization, and has strong partnerships with the local chambers in its footprint such as Lacey Chamber of Commerce, Barnegat Chamber Of Commerce as well as formed close bonds with chambers from key visitors areas like Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Sussex County Chamber of Commerce. It looks forward to another partner to help advance tourism and business growth.
"The need for additional advertising and travel show support is evident after Sandy" says Lori Pepenella Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization. "Marketing costs more money than ever and the funds recieved from grants certainly cannot support the amount of recovery marketing needed, timing is great to introduce another resource which will raise funds to answer the growing demand to launch full out of area campaigns to bring people to Long Beach Island."
For more information on the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, stop in at their visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street, Ship Bottom, call at 609 494 7211, online at visitLBIregion.com or WeareLBI.com, follow on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instragram as LBI REGION. Listen to the Chamber weekly radio show the LBI Regional Report on 91.9FM and look for the award winning TV show Beyond the Beach airing on LBITV22
posted on: April 11, 2013 12:04 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Doing business in 2013 will not business at usual, come see why it will be even better at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Expo at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin, Wednesday April 10 from 4 to 7pm.
Mar. 25, 2013 - There are business expos, and then there is Spring into Success Business to Business Expo, where getting down to business is even more rewarding. Of course, businesspeople are invited to come and preview an array of products and services that can help you manage your business more efficiently and competitively, but there is more. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce also brings some much needed VIP treatment to all of the business expo attendees, to make networking an evening not to be missed Wednesday April 10 at the Holiday Inn on RT 72 Manahawkin, from 4pm to 7pm.
Rewarding in every direction, in addition to learning about the next trends in doing business, the expo provides a chance to try your luck in the Chamber of Cash, a cash grab booth that allows you to walk away with some extra dollars, relax with a complimentary chair massage by Body to Soul Healing or get an updated complimentary professional head shot by Creatively Yours, Dayna photography. Add in Hor d'Ouvres, a cash bar, large exhibition area, plenty of free parking and free admission, just bring your business cards to enter.
For more information about the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, to have a table or attend their Business Expo or other events contact 609 494 7211, visit 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom or online at www.visitLBiregion.com, facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram as LBI Region. Take a look and share their newest project, www.wearelbi.com site and video as well.
posted on: March 25, 2013 8:15 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
We Are LBI-viral video and website helps bring more attention to business community
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Marketing committee releases business focused WE ARE campaign, to highlight open businesses and extend a warm invitation make vacation plans.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar. 18, 2013 - How committed are the Long Beach Island Region Businesses to their customers? That question was answered this past fall after Super Storm Sandy hit the community. While rebuilding both personally and professionally, the business owners and staff went above and beyond to help not only the physical recovery, but the emotional one by extending a sense of comfort and place to neighbors that faced uncertainty. The We Are LBI effort was created by a team of Chamber members who wanted to invite local business, who make up such an important part of the community, into the spotlight. In addition to creating a dedicated website, WEARELBI.com, a marketing campaign has been launched to bring well deserved focus and revamped energy to Shop and Support local, a mantra which has always encompassed the area.
Marketing committee Chairman Jeremy DeFilippis states "I've only just joined the Board of the Chamber as of 2013 so it took a little time to figure things out. It became clear that there was some negative perspective on the Chamber's post-Sandy efforts within our community so I set out improve that by forming a Marketing Committee and rolling out a plan. Even with a small budget to start, we can reach our members, community and tourists by spreading our new campaign. I'm really looking forward to rolling out the rest of our plan as well as to creating a mid-to-long-term plan. Please check out our website, www.WeAreLbi.com, which features a wonderfully well done video and help us spread our message that the LBI Region is open for business and ready for Summer 2013!"
By working parallel with ongoing, traditional Chamber programs, the We Are LBI movement will stimulate positive change in the LBI experience that both businesses and vacationers enjoy. Jeremy, who is co owner of Jetty Life, worked closely with Chamber members "Jovan Mena who created the website, Pat Sepanak who donated the domain names, as well as Drew Pearson of AD Pictures that created the video." To find out more about the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, contact them at 609 494 7211 or stop into visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street Ship Bottom or on facebook as SO Chamber or LBI Region.
To view video go to http://wearelbi.com/we-are-open-ready-for-summer/#.UUdkGled58E).
posted on: March 18, 2013 1:58 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
The Tenth Anniversary of St Francis Super Plunge will be celebrated next year on February 2, 2014. Start planning to be part of this tradition now!
Friends of Long Beach Island, the St Francis Community Center, Southern Regional Swim Team and the icy cold waters of February in the Atlantic Ocean have decided to take a pass this year and hold out for a Super Plunge for the ages in 2014. The popular winter event brings hundreds of plungers and spectators to the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach every Super Bowl Sunday. The event was started by Brother Kevin along with swim coaches John Schultz and Billy Entriken to build support for the St Francis Community Center and the Southern Regional High School Swim Team.
In working with the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol, the "Plunge" brings many second home owners, residents, and cold weather enthusiasts to the beach at 1pm each Super Bowl Sunday for a winter fundraiser frolic. All are invited to the St Francis Community Center for coffee and snacks before returning to the excitement of the day. The excitement that NJ will be in the hub of the professional sports world is starting to spread and the fact that next year's big game will be played at the Meadowlands, less than two hours from Long Beach Island will bring more interest to the event. In the spirit of the game, Super Plunge organizers are urging loyal plungers to start planning your teams and sponsors to make this one for the record books.
For more information about the Super Plunge contact Mike Thompson, Recreation Coordinator at St Francis Community Center 609 494 8861 x105 or for the first cold weather game and how NJ is playing its part go to www.nynjsuperbowl.com . The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Island Region DMO proudly promote these great New Jersey events www.visitLBIregion.com
posted on: January 23, 2013 2:34 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
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
Speakers will include Assemblywoman DiAnn Gove, resident and representative of the region with updates from the state, Ken McGill, Managing Director of Rockport Anayltics that specializes in travel and tourism research. He will speak on the recent LBI Region Tourism Economic Study and how those numbers will impact the rebuilding efforts within our community. Kelly Schulz, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations of the New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau will present best practices for New Orleans post Katrina crisis and recovery strategies. The keynote for the morning will be nationally renown economist Joel Naroff, who will give an honest and educated insight about 2013 and what the business community can expect post Sandy.
Advanced reservations and payment are required to hold space for this essential business event. Cost is $35 per person and includes full breakfast with omelet station, doors open at 830 am with networking and breakfast. Meeting begins at 9am and will conclude at noon at the Sea Oaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Drive in Little Egg Harbor. To reserve please contact the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211. For more information, please visit them online at www.visitLBIregion.com or follow on facebook as LBI Region.
posted on: December 4, 2012 7:49 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
LBI is energized with the spirit of rebuidling and reopening, some businesss so much that they are already up and running! This is our rolling update for the community near and far to learn about events and business that ON this and offering something for everyone on your list......
Check out www.wearelbi.com for spotlights on our businesses!
Suggestions for gift cards to restaurants, workshops, getaways or merchandise OR treat yourself NOW
Barrys Do Me A Flavor
Murphy's Market Beach Haven
HURLEY's At Holgate Motel
Crust and Crumb Bakery
Panzones Beach Haven
The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club
SPICE IT UP
Shore Good Donuts in Ship Bottom
The Beach House Restaurant
Roberto's Dolce Vita Restaurant
Panzone's Beach Haven will be open in MAY
Chicken or the Egg is open for the season
Bayshore AgencyReal Estate offices in North Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor all open
Lorry's Motel is OPEN
4 Bees Polish Deli
WAWA in Ship Bottom and Beach Haven
Fantasy Island Arcade www.fantastyislandpark.com
Shore Solutions: crib rentals, beach rentals, linen rentals, and event planning
Bisque Restaurant, Ship Bottom open Thurs-Sunday
Subbogies, Surf City Grill
Pinziminio Trattoria, Gift Certificates
The Van Dyk Group,all locations open on LBI, Manahawkin and Barnegat
Bagel Shack, Beach Haven
Morrison's Marina & Ship Store Beach Haven, NJ
Things a Drift, Ship Bottom
Buckalews Restaurant and Tavern, Beach Haven
Surf City Pharmacy
Surf City Pizza
The Gateway, Ship Bottom
Speakeasy, Ship Bottom (pizza only, for now)
CVS, Ship Bottom
Surfside Coffee House, Surf City
7-11, Ship Bottom
Callahan’s Liquor Store, Surf City
Oral’s Place, Ship Bottom (Dry cleaning, tailoring, tuxedo rentals)
Haymarket, Ship Bottom (Daily 10 - 5:30, Sunday 10-5. Closed Mon. & Tues.)
How You Brewin?, Surf City
Surf Unlimited, Ship Bottom (Daily 10am-5pm, Closed Mon & Tues, every day after 12/6)
Tuckerton Lumber, Surf City
Captain John’s Mr. Breakfast, Ship Bottom
Ciao Bella, Surf City
Tula The Boutique, Beach Haven
Tiffany’s Salon & Spa, Surf City
Firefly & Island Teak, Surf City (handmade ‘Sandy’ beads w/50% of sales to sandynjrelieffund.
The Bookworm, Surf City
TD Bank, Ship Bottom (open for safe deposit box access; full banking anticipated to resume by 11/28)
Wink, Surf City
Island Sun, Beach Haven (call for hours 494-1165. Open through New Year’s)
The Little Outfit Children’s Boutique, Surf City
Elite Fitness, Beach Haven Terrace (7 days a week, 8AM – Noon)
G Anderson Agency, both locations open
North End Trilogy, Barnegat Light
Viking Outfiltters, Barnegat Light
Jeffrey’s Floor & Décor, Beach Haven Terrace
Americanna by the Seashore, Barnegat Light
The Seawife, Barnegat Light
Ryan’s Windows, Ship Bottom
Wildflowers, Barnegat Light
Beach Haven Auto Parts, Ship Bottom
Kubel’s, Barnegat Light
Mustache Bill’s Diner, Barnegat Light
Luke Oil, Ship Bottom (for repairs only)
B&B, Ship Bottom
Sweet Jennys Barnegat
Sink’r Swim Shops, Haven Beach
Ocean Tentand Party Rentals, Manahawkin
Buccaneer Motel, Spray Beach
Song of the Sea, new location Manahawkin Mart
Surf Shack, new location Manahawkin Mart
The Dutchman's Brauhaus Open Seven Days from 12 noon 609 494 6910California Grill & Pizza Open 11am All year Beach Haven Terrace 492 1200
The Engleside Inn Hotel and Bar now open Beach Haven NJ 492 1251
Sea Oaks Country Club and Inn at SeaOaks Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Greenhouse Cafe TAKE OUT ORDERS & DINE IN 494 7333
PANZONEs Pizza and Pasta in Surf City 609 494 1114 featuring Contractors and family specials
Long Beach Island Foundation offering workshops, gallery gifts and programs
Surf UnlimitedShip Bottom 494 3555 follow on Facebook for Holiday Hours
Ron JonSurf Shop Ship Bottm 494 8844 25% discount for NY and NJ Residents on merchandise
Fishermans Headquarters Ship Bottom 494 5739
Drifting Sands Ocean Front Motel 494 1123 Ship Bottom NOW OPEN
Beach Club at Pearl Street 609 709 5051 Beach Haven NJ Open for lodging
Camilies Floral Designs, Bay Avenue Manahawkin
Shops at Manahawkin Mart, including UNIFORMITY
OSKAR HUBER Ship Bottom, 609 494 8127 Flood Sale Going on Now
Farias Surf and Sport New Location in Staples Shopping Center off of RT72 Manahawkin
Under the Mistletoe, in Sink R Swim Shops, Haven Beach
LINKS TO SPECIALS AND PROMOTIONS
Please note www.shesellsseashells.bizis local gift card online store, shipping charge includes a special local treasure as well as donation for relief efforts.WIndward at the Beach - purchase gift certificates for next summer now, guests will receive welcome gift upon arrival
See Calendar of events and upcoming activites on www.visitLBIregion.com
Support 2013 Season for performing arts and scence
Check out ongoing events at Long Beach Island Foundation, such as Small Works Exhibit and Science Saturdays
OUR Gang Players full schedule www.ourgang.org or call 609 597 0553 Ocean Professional Theatre's 2013 Season featuring Cats, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Legend of Sleepy Hallow amoung others as well as gift certificates! Surfight Theatre Tickets on sale now! Surflight Theatre 2013 season of musicals and plays kicks off April 23 through May with a TBA musical revue, the Tony-winning comedy thriller Sleuth (May 7-19), The Boy Friend (May 24–June 16), George M! (June 19–July 7), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (July 10–28), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (August 21–September 8), Our Town (September 25–October 6), and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (December 3-22). One of the world’s most popular musicals will be making its LBI debut from July 31–August 18, 2013, SurflightTheatre will be announcing this very special title in mid-January. For the 2013 season, Surflight has rolled back the price of tickets to $45. Single tickets go on sale Monday, February 18 at 10 am to the general public. Discounted subscriptions are now on sale ranging from 9 to 4 show packages they may also be purchased online, in person at the Surflight box office or by phone at 609-492-9477. Groups of 15 or more should call: 609-492-9477x201. D
posted on: November 16, 2012 11:10 AM
posted by: Lori Pepenella
Get a better insight into the local business and the Long Beach Island Region economy through Rockport Analytics tourism report that shows visitors generated over $1.2 Billion in area spending
The economic impact of Southern Ocean County was commissioned by the Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization on behalf of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. The research was conducted by Rockport Analytics an independent market research company. The goal of the study was to understand the full economic contribution resulting from visitation to the LBI region to county and the state.
Travelers spend $459 million on lodging, $296 million on food and beverage, $259 million on shopping and $115 million on entertainment and recreation. LBI Region tourism supports 14% of all employment to Ocean County with 83cents of each dollar spent in area by LBI Region visitors is kept within Ocean County.
Analyzing the direct, indirect and induced effects from visitor spending and deriving information DK Shifflet and Dun & Bradstreet reports, an accurate account of the tourism economic picture was developed to help local business, future investors in LBI Region and non profits have information that can help focus marketing and development efforts moving forward.
For an in depth presentation of the study, Rockport Analytics will be at the January 8 State of the Chamber at Sea Oaks Country Club to review.
Information about the State of the Chamber event and the study is available at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce 265 W Ninth St, Ship Bottom 609 494 7211 or at www.visitLBIregion.com
To view entire study visit:
The Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce proudly announce an October to remember for family and friends while visit LBI this fall. With Chowderfest Weekend bringing a close to this month on September 29 & 30, there is even more time for the tricks and treats that await October. Brand new this year is Operation Halloween and Zombie Outbreak on October 12 and 13. Operation Halloween offers something for all ages to enjoy this season, with scary and scare free zones. Four haunted attractions will be offered Friday October 12 from 3pm to Midnight and Saturday October 13 11am to Midnight at the Joseph A Citta Scout Camp 229 Brookville Road in Barnegat NJ. $10 admission ticket includes full access to the apocalyptic Zombie Outbreak, Ghost Manor Hayride and Mid Night Ghost Tour. The Jersey Shore Council BSA will be offering Pumpkin Street Safe Trick or Treat to all visitors free of charge. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Rotary International programs and other local non profit groups. Ticket information is available at www.operationhalloween.zombieoutbreak.org.or the night of the events.
For a relaxed afternoon, meet you at the Autumn Wine Festival at Manahawkin Lake located off of Route 9 featuring wine tasting of more than 250 New Jersey wines from wineries such as Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyard, Coda Rossa Winery, Cream Ridge Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Plagido's Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery and Wagonhouse Winery. This brand new two day festival takes place Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21 from 11 to 5pm, in the heart of the famous Stafford Township Fall Harvest Festival which offers Hay Maze, live music, Scarecrow Making, Hayrides, with Movie and Bonfire at dusk on Saturday and live music all day on Sunday. Tickets to sample the Autumn Wine Festival are available at www.visitLBIregion.com or at festival both days for purchase.
Tuckerton Seaport brings back ghosts of pirates, sea captains and other creatures of the deep on October 25, 26 & 27 from 6 too 9pm. Haunted lighthouse, hayrides, and pumpkin patch make it fun of all. For something more devilish, take part in the Revenge of the Jersey Devil Murder Mystery Dinner Show at the Sea Oaks Country Club on October 26 take advantage of the overnight packages and make a weekend of it!. Contact Tuckerton Seaport at www.tuckertonseaport.org for ticket information What is Halloween without the classic horror story? Witness three of Poe's most famous mysteries as they are brought to life at Ocean Professional Theatre's matinee or evening performance of The Poe Mysteries on running October 24,25, 26, 27 and 28 at the Bengal Auditorium at Barnegat High School. For tickets visit oceantheatre.org. Try a another new tradition this fall, with the Bonfire and Halloween storytelling taking place at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Saturday October 27 from 630 to 8pm in historic Barnegat Light.
Still looking for more? Stay connected with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, 609 494 7211 or online at visitLBIregion.com or Facebook and Twitter as
LBI Region for a full calendar of area events and updates.
posted on: October 11, 2012 12:16 PM
posted by: Lori Pepenella