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Volume Two, Issue Six: November/December 2016

A Message from our CEO

Make It Matter, A Message From Our CEO

I want to say thank you for welcoming me to my new position and the support you have shown our organization.

There is much to be thankful for this holiday season, and we can certainly start by showing the love for our fellow members this Small Business Saturday. For the past six years we have been championing the cause to encourage locals, visiting family and vacationers to spend Thanksgiving weekend with us. Shopping, eating, purchasing gift certificates, live performance tickets, planning their upcoming getaways, while taking advantage of in store specials, holiday events and open houses. The majority of our Southern Ocean County economy is powered by micro to small businesses. Our membership is filled with stories of families and entrepreneurs that are impressive and worth celebrating. As part of our Vision 2020 strategic plan, we will be rolling out new programs and the ability to share the achievements of our outstanding business community with consumers near and far.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2017, and I am so excited to be working with all of you to make the most of the many opportunities that are coming our way!

So now enjoy the upcoming holidays, and please eat your favorite foods, buy the extra gift, donate to a local charity that is important to you, appreciate those around you and support the businesses that make where we live extraordinary!

Lori Pepenella

Save The Date

Get updated about the State of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 8! Chamber Members & interested business are invited to have breakfast to meet new officers, discuss our new programs & recognize our partners!

Event Details: Breakfast, Business & Networking at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin from 830-930a. $20 with RSVP or $25 at the door.

Please call 494-7211 or email to to RSVP.

Meet Opportunity NJ

Join us and our regional chamber partners in presenting Opportunity NJ with President of New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Tom Bracken and Michele Siekerka President of NJ Business & Industry Association a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy coalition comprised of New Jersey interests representing employers, employees, business, trade groups, community organizations and other concerned citizens in the State. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to advocate for support policies that encourage job growth, affordability and prosperity in New Jersey.

To register for Meet Opportunity NJ please RSVP by January 6, 2017 to the Southern Ocean Chamber by phone at 609-494-7211 or send an email to

On the Island

Carmen’s Unique Beach Cuisine
Reservations Required for Thanksgiving Dinner
122 N Bay Avenue, Beach Haven

Engleside Inn
Traditional Turkey Dinner, seatings from 2-7p
Engleside Avenue On The Ocean, Beach Haven

On the Mainland

Holiday Inn
Thanksgiving Dinner $23.95 Per Person
151 Route 72 West, Manahawkin 609.481.6130

Pangaea Naturals Fresh Organic
Get all the organic fixins’ for this Thanksgiving
657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin

Sea Oaks Country Club
Thanksgiving Buffet Ffom 12-7p
99 Golf View Drive, Little Egg Harbor

Cuisine On The Green At Atlantis
Thanksgiving Portable Feast
Serving size 8-10 people $185, 14-16 people $280
261 Country Club Blvd, Little Egg Harbor

Lefty’s Tavern
Catered Thanksgiving Feast
547 N Main St, Barnegat, New Jersey

Sweet Jenny’s
Catered Thanksgiving Feast
688 E Bay Ave, Barnegat, New Jersey

Small Business Saturday

“According to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, total spending among U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reached $16.2 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day, an increase of 14 percent from $14.3 billion in 2014. Among those who shopped on Small Business Saturday, 31 percent attended a community event on the day and 81 percent encouraged family and friends to support their local small businesses.” – Business Wire

Pick up swag at the Visitor Center to be ready for holiday shopping season! We have shopping bags, signs, stickers and more ready for pick up between the hours of 10-4p, seven days a week. If you are unable to stop during normal business hours, please call 609.494.7211.

Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support local businesses and restaurants by dropping in for unique gifts, gift certificates, specials, open houses and events. Great time to pick up unique gifts, and Gift Certificates.

Open Houses

Ann Coen Photography Gallery
Saturday, November 26 from 11a-5p


Tuckerton Seaport
Saturday, November 26 from 10a-4p

Special Events

Viking Village Santa Craft Fair
Saturday, November 26 from 10a-4p


Shop Local Holiday Emporium at Things A Drift Ship Bottom
Saturday, November 26 from 10am-4pm
Sunday November 27 from 10am- 2pm


Night Market & Holiday Exhibit at LBIF
Saturday, November 26 from 12a-8p

Open Houses

Book Signing at Gifted by the Sea
Sunday, November 27 from 2-4p

Giving Tuesday & Everyday

Shave the Date with DDBCF – through November 25


United Way Warmest Wishes Drive – through December 2


St Francis Parish Gift of Warmth Drive – through December 8

LBI Rotary - Holiday Auction

The LBI Rotary’s spectacular Holiday Auction includes a Silent Asian & Live Auction. The event starts at 6pm and includes an open bar, spectacular Gourmet Hors D’oeuvres, Buffet & Carving stations and many other fun things. All proceeds are donated to charitable functions.

Good Life - Tree Lighting

Join The Good Life Boutique for there 2nd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, this Friday, December 2nd at 7pm! Caroling, music, hot chocolate and all the trimmings

LBI Wedding Road Show

Attention Wedding Vendors! You are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Wedding Road Show! Please email prior to December 15th to express your interest.

Ship Bottom Christmas Parade

Welcome in the holidays with marching bands, floats and plenty of cheer!

The 37th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade begins at 5th Street and travels Long Beach Boulevard until 25th Street. The entire community is invited to enjoy the sites & honor David Caldarella of David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation as Grand Marshall!

If you would like to enter a homemade float, antique car or march with your community group please Ship Bottom Officials at (609) 494-2171.

Local News Reel

Long Beach Township to Partner With Stockton University for Redesign of Terminal Groin in Holgate, The SandPaper, 11/02/16

New Low-Risk Plan Provides Surflight Theater’s Second Act, The SandPaper, 11/02/16

Striped bass plentiful north of Long Beach Island: Shep on Fishing, Press of Atlantic City, 10/31/16

From the September/October Edition of the Bridge

Work Continues on $350M Manahawkin Bay Bridge, Construction Equipment Guide, 08/24/16

Upcoming Events

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

Full Event Calendar
Submit Your Event

LBI on the Radio!


Giving business a voice, hear the latest on WBNJ 91.9FM airing beginning Monday, November 21.

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

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Welcome New Members

John Casale
J. S. Pro Construction
94 Buckingham Drive
Jackson NJ 08527

Michael Donzanti
Universal Cabinetry Design
2500 Long Beach Boulevard
Ship Bottom NJ 08008
609-569-1400 X 100

Gary Albrecht
Albrecht’s Island Air LLC
12 Selma Drive
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Joyce Ellis Grasso
Keller Williams
241 West 9th Street
Ship Bottom NJ 08008

George Nelson
CGEM Home Repairs & Improvements
Serving Ocean County

Coastal Ear Nose and Throat, LLC
1301 Route 72 West, Suite 340
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

LORI PEPENELLA, Chief Executive Officer

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

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


CHRISTOPHER SCHWAB, Anderson Insurance Agency

The Staff

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 101 x101

Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 103

Business Support Associate, Ext. 105

Business Support Associate, Ext. 107

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