Shop Small Season Kicks off with Ocean County Administrator and J1 Visa experts

Join us and fellow businesses to usher in the 2022 Holiday Shopping Season for the LBI Region with our November 16 breakfast meeting at The Mainland, Rt 72 in Manahawkin, with registration beginning 8am.
The keynote speaker will be the newly appointed Ocean County Administrator Michael J Fiure, who will give updates on projects impacting Southern Ocean County. Added to the program will be a 2023 Workforce overview of J1 Visa Program to give interested businesses an update and important head start in planning for the upcoming year.

Ocean County Administrator Michael Fiure

Leslie Colossi of InterExchange, a J-1 Visa Sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State to facilitate cultural exchange programs is a leading nonprofit international exchange organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through international work, teach, and volunteer exchange programs. The Summer Work & Travel Program provides foreign university students the opportunity to travel to the US for up to 4 months while living, working and interacting with U.S. citizens, experience U.S. culture, and share their own cultures. Participants are able to work in highly seasonal jobs that require minimal training in order to earn funds to help defray a portion of their expenses. Leslie has provided program support to local businesses in New Jersey for over 10 years by assisting with their seasonal hiring needs, navigating program regulations, and providing guidance for participants while they are on program. During her time with InterExchange, Leslie has developed an understanding of the needs and concerns of the many different types of host employers in Southern New Jersey. In her presentation she will cover Summer Work Travel program basics and requirements, how to get started hiring for Summer 2023 as well as our advocacy efforts on the federal and local level to keep our programs active and successful.

Also, get the latest on this season’s Eat, Drink, Buy LBI region will get a holiday refresh to bring discounts and special offers to shoppers mobile devices and continue the chamber’s successful Holidays Redefined campaign. Participating member offers will be incorporated with the latest technology to help retail, restaurants, and services promote hours of operation, special events, and offers that will take place from Shop Small Saturday November 26 until mid December.  This user friendly, mobile responsive experience proved popular since its launch earlier this year.

The chamber has been a Shop Small Neighborhood Champion since 2010, the event features networking, breakfast, program, and materials is $35 with advance registration, $45 at the door. Presented in part with our affiliate, Southern Ocean Chamber Association. To RSVP, please contact Southern Ocean Chamber 609.494.7211, email or go to

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