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Volume Two, Issue Three: May/June 2016

National Small Business Week!

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

Thank you to all of our members for working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.  Please see our complete business directory to continue to support fellow chamber members!

Line In Trenton
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Credit: Ryan Johnson Photography

On April 18, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had a brief meeting with Trenton.

Alexander King, Aide to the Governor, is working on relations between business communities in New Jersey and the Office of the Governor. He started with the state trade associations and worked his way to more local organizations.

King wanted to hear about what we have going on locally. We explained to him that our economy is thriving, though very seasonal, but the beach, the bay, and the charm of this area are still a powerful draw. We reminded him that we are using our state Destination Marketing Organization grant to bring money into the Long Beach Island region (and the state in general) from out of state. We discussed how Ocean County tourism was responsible for $4.6 billion in 2015.

On his end, King wanted to reach out to the business community here to let us know that we have a “line” to Trenton. As members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, he offered his direct contact for business concerns. He also explained that if members have paperwork lost in Trenton or questions at the state level, he can do his best to answer concerns.

You can reach King at

Business In Action!


In the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology, M.G. Gaenzle wrote that “the origins of bread-making are so ancient that everything said about them must be pure speculation.” Solve part of the mystery during our May Business in Action networking event at Black-Eyed Susans!

We are taking business meetings and bringing them to where our members do business! Be part of our new evening Business In Action Networking Meetings continuing Wednesday, May 11 at 530pm at 7801 Long Beach Boulevard in Harvey Cedars!

Network like never before with refreshments, a Hands On Sourdough demo & Chamber updates.

Limited Seating – RSVP with payment required.  Please contact the chamber office – call (609) 494-7211 or send an email to $20 Cost

Paint The Town Pink

Thank you to the LBI Region‘s Pink Towns of Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Forked River, Manahawkin, Ship Bottom, Surf City & Watertown for helping Meridian Health raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography in Monmouth and Ocean counties.


America’s SBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College invites entrepreneurs of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to attend a no-cost, high-impact Foodiepreneur event. The workshop is geared towards people looking to grow or launch a food business such as a restaurant, food truck, commercial food product and/or artisan goods. This no-cost workshop will take place on Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00am – 12:30pm at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.

Seating is limited for this no-cost, high-impact event and seats will go fast. Click Here to Register

Simply Bassin'

Simply Bassing
is Long Beach Island’s Spring Surf Fishing Tournament. As its name implies it’s Simply Bassing! This very fun and easy striped bass only surf fishing tournament is popular for its simple format…Sign Up and then fish your favorite LBI beach! Long Beach Island is blessed with phenomenal spring striped bass fishing. Most years the spring run offers surfcasters the biggest striped bass of the year.

Simply Bassing is a low kill tournament. Its awards are based on the four biggest striped bass. There are no daily, weekly or segment prizes. If your bass can not beat the four top leaders, please release your fish to swim another day or responsibly harvest for a delicious dinner.

At the end, the anglers with the top four largest fish are awarded cash prizes. First Place $1000, Second Place $500, Third Place $300, Fourth Place $200. (Based on 100 entrants).

Register & Weigh-In Only at the Follow Participating Shops:

Bill’s Surf & Tackle (Harvey Cedars) 609.342.1372
Captain’s Quarters (Long Beach Twp), 856.313.0562
Fisherman’s Headquarters (Ship Bottom), 609.494.5739
Jingle’s Bait & Tackle (Beach Haven), 609.492.2795
Surf City Bait & Tackle (Surf City), 609.494.2333

Click Here for more information.

Phenomenal Women Under 40

Saluting the unlimited potential of rising women in leadership

Join the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore as we recognize the emerging leaders of our community. Nominate the stand-out performers you know in Monmouth and Ocean counties’ businesses and organizations. Share their impact and how they make a difference in the workplace or where they volunteer.

Why recognize?
When you recognize outstanding performers, you’re celebrating the hard work and dedication necessary to be a success. When we recognize Phenom recipients at our sunset cocktail party we’ll not only be recognizing them for who they are, but who our community thinks they’re poised to become.

How to submit?
Nominees must be under age 40 on December 31, 2016, a resident of Monmouth or Ocean counties, or employed/affiliated with a business or organization located in Monmouth and Ocean counties. They do not have to be involved with Girl Scouts.

Click HERE to nominate an outstanding woman for the Phenom Award.

Summer Hiring
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It’s time for Summer Hiring, and we are sure you will be receiving countless applications from local students looking to join the workforce.

  • All minors under the age of 18 who work in New Jersey must have an employment certificate also called “working papers” or a special permit (for agriculture, newspaper carrier, or theatrical employment).
  • An employment certificate is required for each employer.
  • Minors must be given a 30-minute meal break after 5 continuous hours of work.

Familiarize yourself with additional NJ Child Labor Laws by clicking here.

Escape Guide

Check out our online Vacation Planner…The Escape Guide

Are you relaxed yet? The certain serenity of the Long Beach Island Region It should not take long, once you enter the Long Beach Island Region to succumb to the beauty and peaceful nature of our area. From the preserved Pine Barrens, scenic bay or our 18 mile stretch of Atlantic coastline, it brings the best out in the quality time we are all trying to capture. The region is the perfect host whether it is a large family gathering, special event romantic getaway or a casual get together. Art, Culture and historic sights add to the atmosphere along with water sports, amusements and bustling shopping villages. Our region prides itself in its ability to allow visitors to take advantage of all there is to see and do at their own pace. Enjoy!

Stop into our year-round information center to get all the information you need for your stay in the Escape Guide, call 609-494-7211, or complete the order form!

Business In Action

Local businesses invite you in as our evening membership meetings hit the road beginning at 5:30pm!

May 11 – Hands On Sourdough at Black-Eyed Susans
Jun 8 – Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

MORE TO COME: Oct 12th

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Hop Sauce Fest


Jetty, Spice It Up, and Shore Point Distribution are excited to host the third annual Hop Sauce Festival! This growing and thoughtfully curated event will take place Saturday, June 4, at the Taylor Avenue Waterfront, Beach Haven to bring together gourmet hot sauces, over 25 craft beers, delicious food from local vendors, five original bands, and a host of creative new additions including MakeShift Row, pre-events, afterparties and a host of new sponsors.

Visit Beach Haven on June 4th! VIP, Craft Beer & General Admission tickets are available now at & the Jetty Flagship Store!  Proceeds benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation which has donated in excess of $50,000 to our local area schools as a direct result of your participation at Hop Sauce Fest! Learn how you have helped Pour It Forward at the link below:

Jetty Rock Foundation Donations –

Get Ready for Summer!

LBI Region Visitors Want to Know!

The Chamber Information Center at 265 W 9th Street is ready for your 2016 season menus, calendars, flyers, events and more! We are proud to have a growing member base of over 500 members, each of which who offers unique products & services. Help us keep locals & visitors informed!

Lighthouse International Film Fest

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The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The festival offers four days of films, panels, Q&A’s, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry’s top film critics, producers and distributors. The festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.

This year, the Festival takes place from June 9-12!  Join us in the LBI Region for a weekend of films, fun and sun!

Pour Into Summer Wine Fest


Join ten of New Jersey’s top wineries for two days of sampling, live music, gourmet picnic specialties and artisans as the Pour into Summer Wine Festival pops the cork on another year at the Taylor Avenue Ball Field in Beach Haven. Located between Bay Village Shopping and views of the bay, spend some time to savor over 200 varietals in addition to purchasing by the bottle or the case! Wineries include Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Natali Vineyards, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Salem Oak Vineyards, Valenzano Winery
& Wagonhouse Winery! Sunday ONLY features 11th Annual Beach Bum Corvette Show!

Click here to purchase tickets!

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Wedding Road Show Wrap Up

Thank you to our welcome centers (Holiday Inn Manahawkin, The Tuckerton Seaport) for guiding brides in the right direction and to our venues (Surf City Yacht ClubBoathouse RestaurantThe GablesThe Stateroom of Long Beach IslandSea Shell Resort & Beach ClubLBI Historical AssociationBrant Beach Yacht Club, Holiday Inn, Surf City Hotel) for hosting over 50 of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce‘s wedding professionals.  The LBI Region was visited by  the nearly 200 brides and 800 guests who have now experienced the area as a wedding destination.  We were happy to see many of brides frequenting local businesses before and after the show!

Our digital marketing commitment reached over 116,ooo people on Facebook, and an additional 65,000 through NJ Advanced Media.  These numbers are beneficial to all businesses in the area as the LBI Region is being marketed as a year-round destination.

Read more in the Asbury Park Press.

Beach Culture Redefined
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Click the image to watch the Pilot Episode of Just Beneath The Surface!

Cutting Edge Video Applied to LBI Region’s Beach Culture Redefined Campaign!

Our campaign has been nominated for a New Jersey Excellence in Tourism Award! Be part of the conversation that brings business, artisans, visitors and neighbors together. Use our hashtag to promote events, activities or daily routine to capture the essence of our unique piece of the shore. Please share our latest video –!

Working in conjunction with the the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization, locally based Black Sails Publications, Oak Leaf Media & Volatile Media Management are taking Beach Culture Redefined to the next level via a web-based video series, telling the stories of the region with stunning, high resolution, professionally shot, footage featuring underwater scenes, festivals, environment, local characters, culinary arts, watersports, aerial vantages and wildlife.

Local News Reel

Pinelands Regional Students, Great Bay Paddlers Organize for Cleanups at Tuckerton Seaport (The SandPaper, 04/29/2016)

All Three Dredges on Site for Replenishment Work in Beach Haven (The SandPaper, 04/27/2016)

Barnegat Light Taxpayers Weigh in on Open Space (The SandPaper, 04/26/2016)

From the March/April Edition of the Bridge

BlueClaws Notebook: Phillies’ Holiday talks Jason Groome (Asbury Park Press, 03/27/2016)

Makers Meet, Doers Join to Celebrate Local Art, Culture at Potluck Dinner (The SandPaper, 03/16/2016)

You Need to Know...

Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on April 22nd that traffic on the Route 72 Bridge will be shifted to the newly constructed bridge this weekend as construction progresses on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project.

The NJDOT expects to move all traffic to the new bridge with two lanes running in each direction as crews work to restore traffic patterns to their summer alignment. This shift will permit work to the existing bridge. Summer traffic patterns are expected to be fully restored by mid-May.

Please click here for more information about the Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project.

Upcoming Events

See our Event Calendar for a listing of the area’s happenings!

Full Event Calendar
Submit Your Event

Advertising Opportunities

Reach your target audience with Full Color ads in our email blasts, “The Bridge: Chamber to Business” digital newsletter and the “LBI Region Happenings” digital newsletter to be distributed to the community.  Digital Advertising Rates start as low as $60 per month.  Design services available at an additional charge.

For ad rates & inquiries, contact
Danielle Corso

Must be a Chamber member in good standing.

Visitor's Center

Get your info into visitor’s hands at our Information Center

Our Ship Bottom Visitor Center is a  favorite first stop for seasonal visitors as well as information headquarters for brides to be,  homeowners, families relocating, and welcoming committees for our 55 + communities! Bring in your 2015 Brochures, flyers and postcards and connect with them.

The Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the year, and  Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm Spring through Fall.

If you have questions about what to bring or how many, give a call to 609-494-7211 and speak with Linda x107 or Cindy x105.

Thank You For Being A Member of the Chamber!
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The LBI Region is stronger with a network of  community-minded businesses.

Share the benefits with your peers – ask them to Join Us!

Doing Business

Explore the services offered by our members!

Our membership is composed of businesses, professionals, services and organizations of the LBI Region. Please browse through our business directory by clicking here!

Get Savvy
Industry Expert?

Provide helpful hints on topics such as SEO, accounting, marketing, human resources, legal, insurance, or whatever field you excel.  Educate your peers about your industry & help to increase business-to-business interaction.

For more information, please contact Danielle Corso at

Must be a Chamber member in good standing.
Beyond the Beach

Beyond the Beach is BACK! Tune into LBI TV 190 on Comcast for the Southern Ocean Chamber’s Award Winning program promoting shoulder season activities directly to summer visitors. The channel is running 24 hours 7 days a week, with our program featured continually.  To see previous seasons go to

Welcome New Members

Joel Anabilah-Azumah
Transport Azumah LLC
146 E 55th Street
Brooklyn NY 11203

Ashley Quinn
Liquid Bliss Yoga Studio
7806B Long Beach Boulevard
Harvey Cedars NJ 08008

Crystal Dawn Froberg
Passion Flour Bakery
100 Pineway Drive
Forked River NJ 08731

Roberta Brackman
Pacesetter Realty
1412 Long Beach Boulevard
North Beach Haven NJ 08008

Jeannine Errico, Danielle Corso, Erin Buterick
The MakeShift Union
Serving Southern Ocean County

Connie Pinkowski
LBI DreamMakers
802 Central Avenue
PO Box 60
Barnegat Light NJ 08006

David Sodano
Toni Studio LLC
202 West 27th Street
Ship Bottom NJ 08008

Donna Dave
Health Insurance
Serving Southern Ocean County

Ryan Roessner
East Star Productions
459 North Main Street
Barnegat NJ 08005
609 290-6131

Colleen MacIntosh
The Sassy Apple
(web based business)

Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

The SandPaper

JILLIAN ELSASSER, 1st Vice President
Panzone’s Pizza

SKYE J. GIBSON, CFP®, 2nd Vice President


CHRISTINA ULINSKI PING, Immediate Past President
Brookdale Stafford

Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce

Volatile Full
SOCCC Board of Directors

JOHN BOEKELL, Shore Community Bank


TANEK HOOD, Reynolds Landscaping


RICK TEMPLE, Temple Construction

LEW RICHARDS, Crust & Crumb Bakery



TIM HART, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission


The Staff

Office Manager, Ext. 103

Membership & Event Coordinator, Ext. 104

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 105

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 107

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