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Volume Three, Issue Two: March/April 2017

Make It Matter, A Message From Our CEO

As the weeks move us closer to our most popular season, we certainly recognize the value of the natural resources that allow our region to stand out. We also need to take stock of the enormous amount of talent that our members bring to make the community complete. You are key to generating the local economy, choosing to live here, work here, and create employment here. 103 years ago the founders of your chamber felt it was vital to the success of Southern Ocean County that business have the insight and tools needed to grow. Please take a moment to read through our latest edition of our digital newsletter and see how we are working to continue that mission.

Lori Pepenella

Open for Business

We have partnered with Ocean County Board of Realtors to have half our 2017 meetings in available commercial and retail space. Inviting members and potential business owners to explore the options in our region while attending the monthly chamber meeting.

Keynote: Michael Redpath, Redpath & Associates

Wednesday, March 8 at 3:30p
PopUpLocation – One Great Bay Boulevard, Tuckerton

$10 at door donation to benefit Maximilian Foundation & Hope Sheds Light.  Refreshments provided by Ocean County Board of Realtors

RSVP with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to

Beach Culture Redefined

Do not miss the NJTIA NJ Conference on Tourism on March 9-10 at Resorts in Atlantic City! This annual event highlights trends, recognizes statewide tourism leaders and expands your network. Stay for multiple sessions and the Celebration NJ Tourism Leadership Lunch. Cannot schedule a full day? This year a Hometown Security and Crisis Communication workshop is being presented the morning of March 9 for a special $50 session registration rate.

Click here for more details!

Open for Business

Success of a business is based on a smart choice of space. Whether it is for you, your staff or a client learn how to sign a commercial lease.

Thursday, March 9 at 9a
Southern Ocean Chamber Building

RSVP by March 7 with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to

Click here for more information!

Women in Business

Making new connections should be a must for women doing business in the LBI Region. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled monthly roundtables hosted in women owned or operated businesses. This is a free networking event!

Save the Dates!

Tuesday, March 28 at 10a
Hagler’s Marina

Tuesday, April 25 at 10a
Spice It Up

Click here for more information!

Land & Sea – Chamber to Business Newsletter – March/April 2017

We have partnered with Ocean County College Office of Business Engagement to present an opportunity for our local restaurants and retailers to have free, in house staff customer service training this spring. Joining this session will be the Chowderfest Restaurant Panel (Mark Cohen, Chicken or the Egg; Melanie Magaziner, Mud City CrabHouse & The Black Whale; Carolyn Kasunich, Country Kettle Chowda) to share Strategies for a Successful Season!

Keynote: Kimberle R. Samarelli, NJ Amusement Association Executive Director

Wednesday, April 12 at 8:15a
Holiday Inn, Manahawkin

RSVP with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to
$20 with RSVP, $25 at door


Save the Date for the 9th Annual LBI Wedding Road Show! This year is positioned to give brides more than ever. Beginning with a pre event Bridal Breakfast at Tuckerton Seaport, venue open houses at The Stateroom, Surf City Yacht Club, Brant Beach Yacht Club, Holiday Inn, The Gables, Sea Shell Beach Resort, Ship Bottom Brewery, Parker’s Garage, Daddy O, The Arlington, LBI Historical Association & Surf City Hotel, vendor showcases and DIY seminars, ending with a Fashion Show and The MakeShift Union’s Made & Matrimony Boutique at LBIF. Register your favorite bride, share the event with your customer base or consider displaying as a vendor.

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Open for Business

Marketing Call To Action! Did you miss our State of the Chamber roll out? Mobile Digital Advertising begins in May. Special member rates to have your business or event promoted in full color throughout the season or the year.

Please contact to confirm your spot.

Click here for more details!


We are excited to share Founded In Family, a focus on family run businesses in the LBI Region. Our second feature focuses on the Sparks of Howard’s Restaurant. We look forward to introducing our member base, the community and visitors to the people who help support the economic well-being of our area.

Click here to meet the Sparks!

Southern Ocean Made

Southern Ocean Made application is now online, if you are designing, producing or manufacturing consider getting certified with our brand of local to help up promote your business both inside and outside of our region

Apply Here!


The indisputable event of the year is happening September 30 and October 1.

Get your business involved like never before and see how you can reach thousands in advance (our social media feeds reach well over 30k combined), as well as in person during both Merchant Mart & Chowderfest.  Don’t miss this award-winning community event!

Reach out to our Chowderfest Coordinator Todd Elsasser to discuss available opportunities.

Email Todd!

Open for Business

Look out for the launch of Land & Sea, our refreshed visitor an new resident fulfillment piece coming to visitor center, businesses,  throughout state and online mid-March!


April 26
Non Profit Forum: “How to Get & Engage Volunteers”
Free event, Stockton Manahawkin.

May 4-5
Limited Space for LBI Health Department Food Safety Manager Certification and Food Handler Training. Register Now!

RSVP with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to

Women in Business

Welcome Kate Krier to the new position of Business Outreach Coordinator. If you have not had the pleasure of working with Kate in her various volunteer and business roles you soon will. She is responsible for pairing members with our new program and advertising opportunities, arranging Chamber member events and our Partner initiatives. We are very excited to have Kate on our team and know her experience in working with the community will help us reach our goals.

Welcome Jessica Naia, Stockton University Hospitality and Tourism Intern. Jessica will be with us her entire spring semester working in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as on special events. She brings a cheerful enthusiasm to support our visitors and the businesses that serve them, we are look forward to having her with us!

Partner Members

Anderson Insurance Agency
Protecting families & businesses across the Jersey Shore since 1967.

Atlantic City Electric
Southern New Jersey’s safe, reliable & affordable electric service.

G Anderson Agency
Choosing to Sell, Rent or Buy on begins with choosing G. Anderson Agency.

Jetty is a lifestyle apparel & printing company born of its East coast roots.
Facebook – Instagram

The MakeShift Union
Event planning & business consulting for the makers, movers & shakers.
Facebook – Instagram

Panzone’s Restaurants
Serving Long Beach Island’s Favorite Pizza since 1980

The SandPaper
The Newsmagazine of Long Beach Island & Southern Ocean County.

Skye Gibson, CFP
Wealth Management Advisor and Global Wealth & Investment Management at Merrill Lynch.

Van Dyk Group
Full service agency offering a family of services including Real Estate, Insurance, Financial, Mortgage & Human Resource Services.

Volatile Media Management
Digital marketing & event planning for philanthropic movers, shakers & change makers.

New Members

Elizabeth Barlow
Barlow Buick GMC

Janee Cavalier
Cast Off Yacht Sales
362 East Lacey Road
Forked River NJ 08731

Mick Committee
ManaFirkin Brewing Company Incorporated
450 East Bay Avenue Unit 2
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Jeanne Broadbent
Township of Barnegat
900 West Bay Avenue
Barnegat NJ 08005

Gail Kelly
THE MAX Challenge
1636 Route 72 West
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Don Projednic
Ager Realty
3310 Long Beach Boulevard
Brant Beach NJ 08008

Joshua Roda
Vinyl Media LLC
50 West Bay Avenue
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Susan Marshall, Mayor
Borough of Tuckerton
420 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087

Debra Malota & Francis Pons
A Little Bite of Italy & FRANCIS’ restaurants
1419 Long Beach Boulevard
Surf City NJ 08008

Rick Schmid
The Maximilian Foundation
2500 East Bay Avenue
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Diane Turton
Diane Turton Realtors
217 North Bay Avenue
Beach Haven NJ 08008

Cathy Landrum
Under Construction Builders, LLC
256 West 9th Street, Suite D
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
609- 661-6055

Katie Ribsam
Yoga Bohemia
2 East 20th Street
North Beach Haven, NJ 08008

Kelli Jost
Wanderlove Press
Serving Ocean County

Nick Oramas
Techno Sound & Video
510 Central Avenue, Suite A
Ship Bottom NJ 08008

Elizabeth Burke Beaty
Life You Want Coaching
Ocean County Area

Gina Ritacco Makeup LLC
Ocean County Area

Matt Higgins
Island Party Station
Ocean County Area

Frank Ritacco
LED Mobile Billboards, LLC
New Jersey Area

Ginna Nugent
Parker’s Garage Restaurant
116 North West Avenue
Beach Haven NJ 08008

The LBI Region is stronger with a network of community-minded businesses.

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

Find Member Benefits HERE.

Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

Panzone’s Pizza

SKYE J. GIBSON, CFP®, 1st Vice President

JEREMY DEFILIPPIS, 2nd Vice President
Jetty Life


ANDREA DRISCOLL, Immediate Past President
The SandPaper

Brookdale Stafford

LORI PEPENELLA, CDME, Chief Executive Officer
Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce

MICHELE CUFF, Chief Financial Officer
Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce

Newsletter Design by Volatile Media Management.

SOCCC Board of Directors

LAURA BENSON, Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson

JOHN BOEKELL, Shore Community Bank


TIM HART, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission

TANEK HOOD, Reynolds Landscaping



LEW RICHARDS, Crust & Crumb Bakery

CHRISTOPHER SCHWAB, Anderson Insurance Agency

RICK TEMPLE, Temple Construction


The Staff

Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 101 x101

Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 103

Business Support Associate, Ext. 105

Business Support Associate, Ext. 107

Business Outreach Coordinator

Stockton University Hospitality and Tourism Intern

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