Volume Three, Issue Six: November/December 2017
Make It Matter, A Message From Our CEO
Every autumn we are reminded that we have an abundance of opportunity in our community. Whether it is in growing your business or becoming involved with a worthy cause; there is a chance to make a difference to those around you. Southern Ocean County is a gathering place, where there is always new business, new residents and enthusiastic visitors. It allows for good ideas to take shape and truly have an impact. We close out a successful summer and fall feeling grateful and energized that we are celebrating our 103rd holiday season with all of you. As we all get ready for holiday travelers, extended business hours and festive events, let’s hope we take an opportunity to end the year on a high note by bettering the community we live in any way we can. Wishing you a successful and happy holiday season and cheers to a brilliant 2018.
FALL & HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Innovate & Caffeinate Membership Breakfast at Mainland Holiday Inn
November 8, 815am
November’s Innovate & Caffeinate meting will feature Shop Small Saturday and Holidays Redefined Shopping program as well as the official launch of the Southern Ocean Made program and brew trail. Includes networking, buffet breakfast & Shop Small giveaways
RSVP by 11/7 through Chamber Office. $20 with RSVP to Chamber office, $25 at door
Ship Bottom Annual Christmas Parade
Our 38th year as a proud sponsor! Deck the Hulls and promote your business with a homemade float, classic vehicle or sponsorship! Click here for float and sponsorship information.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON!
Support Non Profit Member Events!
Hope Under the Sea with David’s Dream & Believe at the Adventure Aquarium
Celebrate the mission of our Chowder For A Cause recipient David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation!
Christkindlmarkt at Tuckerton Seaport
Surf Light Theatre “Home for the Holidays”
TIME SENSITIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Chocolate Week is BACK!
Submit your Chocolate Week event for February 11-18. Open house, spa treatment, room package, chocolate drink or dessert specialty, special exhibit or class, new merchandise, chocolate themed giveaway – get involved with something sweet to help bring Chocolate Week back in 2018. Just email [email protected] and let her know what you have planned! No cost for members to be included in time for Valentine and President Weekend promotions.
Thanksgiving Dining Lists
To our restaurant and catering members: Are you open or catering for Thanksgiving Day? We would like to share your offerings with the LBI Region community! Please contact [email protected] or call the office with details!
Holiday Special offered from November 1 through January 1. $250 to send holiday messaging or business promotions. Contact [email protected] to reserve your space!
Get ready for Holiday Shopping Season
The Shop Small Saturday and Holiday Shopping Redefined program is a reminder that there are many businesses that stay open past the summer and are here to serve with gift giving or party planning needs. With a focus on retail, restaurants and community holiday themed events, we are gathering businesses to promote to all who wish to shop local and independent businesses.
Shoppers can stop into the Southern Ocean County Chamber Visitor Center or at any of the Holidays Redefined participating member locations to pick up their Holiday Shopping Experience Card & shopping/dining location list. Shoppers can stop into five of the listed restaurants and five of the listed retailers to get their card validated. They can bring the completed card to our office and enter a raffle to win our limited Chowderfest stocking gift pack with mug, vintage tee and a gift certificate for 2018 30th Anniversary Chowderfest tickets. No purchase necessary to enter. The program runs from November 25 to December 15. Winner will be pulled on Monday Dec 18!
Email to [email protected] for more information.
FALL NON PROFIT FORUM
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce continues to provide non profit solutions for the region’s organizations serving artistic, historic and social service needs of our community. Our next Non Profit Forum is held in partnership with the Ocean County Commission of Culture & Heritage at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences in Loveladies on November 29 at 10am. The topic of Customer and Audience Engagement addresses any non profit attempting to survive or thrive in the 21st century. It will provide a deeper look at how to enhance the experience of your clientele and how to best convey your message. The dynamic keynote speaker is Tom Kelleher who is currently the Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
RSVP with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to [email protected].
CHAMBER COCKTAIL HOLIDAY PARTY
Celebrate at annual gathering taking place at the Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House on December 6 beginning at 5pm, The cocktail party menu features delicious local specialties including BBQ pork eggrolls, Jersey Devils, Crostini with goat cheese and caramelized pear spread, Short Rib Lasagna, wings, macaroni and cheese, salad, also includes cheese & crackers, nonalcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The cost is $35 per person in advance, with reservations made through the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce office. Space is always limited, so please reserve early.
RSVP with a call to 609.494.7211 or email to [email protected].
FOUNDED IN FAMILY
We are excited to share Founded In Family, a focus on family run businesses in the LBI Region. Our fifth feature focuses on the Wyrsch Family of The Van Dyk Group! 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.
SAVE THE DATE – STATE OF THE CHAMBER
January 10 at Holiday Inn Mainland, 8:15a
Joel L. Naroff, Ph.D., President of Naroff Economic Advisors
Nationally & Internationally recognized strategic economic consultant that advises corporations and financial institutions on the risks and opportunities economic developments.
Southern Ocean Chamber “LBI Region Radio Report” – Spring Air Times
We invite our members to steal the show either in person or by calling the Barnegat Studios! Tune in Mondays at 9am and 6pm on 91.9FM WNBNJ to hear fellow members sharing what is new with their business. Our podcast is also available on iTunes and GooglePlay for download anytime.
Reservations are being taken for Spring Radio Air Times. Contact [email protected] to be added to guest list.
Join Mike Pappas of Ocean County SCORE on his 91.9FM WNBNJ show covering topics relevant to small businesses. The show is pre-recorded and your interview can be conducted by phone or at the station in Barnegat, and is shareable via your own social media channels! Let Mike know the topic, he’ll do the necessary research! Schedule now – email [email protected]
Tune in to WBNJ on Saturdays at 8am and Sundays at 7am!
FROM LAND TO SEA
We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Land & Sea Guide! 25,000 copies are distributed locally into vacation rental packets, at the visitor center and out of the area through NJ Welcome Centers and Travel Shows.
Contact [email protected] for details!
A special thank you to all the hard working restaurants that pleased and fed crowds throughout the day Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern, Chicken or the Egg, Country Kettle Chowda, Howard’s Restaurant, La Bamba Mexican Restaurant, Black Whale Bar & Fish House, Lefty’s Tavern, Shore Fire Grille, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Stefano’s Restaurant, Sunny Rae’s Kitchen Food Truck, Blue Water Café, Cuisine on the Green at Atlantis, and Delaware Avenue Oyster House.
We would like to thank 2017 Presenting Sponsors Sysco, Ritchie & Page, Bud Light, TD Bank & The SandPaper/Beachcomber, Stage Sponsor was Barlow Auto Group, Vip Sponsor G Anderson Agency, Voting Tent Sponsor AtlantiCare, T Shirt Sponsors Panzone’s & Jetty, Tourism Marketing Partners NJ Division of Travel & Tourism & the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, and Oyster Crackers Sponsor Westminster Bakers Co.
Additional support provided by Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Buccaneer Motel, Potts Excavating Inc, Sally’s Seafood, The Borough of Beach Haven, Southwicks Marina, Beach Haven Police, Fire & First Aid Squad, Thundering Surf and Murphy’s Market, Chowderfest Committee, Chamber Staff and Volunteers. A sincere thank you to all the Merchant Mart vendors, The MakeShift Union, the fantastic live band line up, Starlight Performing Arts Center and the outstanding children’s entertainment.
Chowderfest Gift Pack
New This Year!!! Start off the year right, as we roll into our celebrating 30 years of ChowderfestPick up a 30th Anniversary Chowderfest Holiday Stocking with a vintage tee, mug and gift certificate for 2018 Chowderfest Cook Off. This is the perfect gift for the diehard Chowderheads & LBI Lovers on your holiday shopping list!
For Sale at the Southern Ocean Visitor Center
Anderson Insurance Agency
Protecting families & businesses across the Jersey Shore since 1967.
Skye Gibson, CFP
Wealth Management Advisor and Global Wealth & Investment Management at Merrill Lynch.
America’s Most Convenient Bank
KARING WITH KINDNESS HOME HEALTH CARE
2801 ROUTE 37 EAST
TOMS RIVER NJ 08753
NATURALLY HOME CONSULTING, LLC
ALBERT MUSIC HALL
131 WELLS MILLS RD
PO BOX 657
WARETOWN NJ 08758
SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY
FACES 4 AUTISM
2900 FIRE ROAD, SUITE 101B
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP NJ 08234
SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY
THE LOCAL MARKET AND KITCHEN
604 CENTRAL AVENUE
SHIP BOTTOM, NJ 08008
ARMENTI PLANNING COMPANY
127 EAST 15TH STREET
NORTH BEACH HAVEN NJ 08008
SMILES BY DR. SANTOS, LLC
703 MILL CREEK RD, STE H
MANAHAWKIN, NJ 08050
GARABEDIAN REALTY GROUP
1111 LONG BEACH BLVD
SURF CITY NJ 08008
INTERFAITH HEALTH & SUPPORT SERVICES
1140 RT 72 WEST
MANAHAWKIN, NJ 08050
STARLIGHT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
712 EAST BAY AVENUE, #4
MANAHAWKIN NJ 08050
BONANNI REAL ESTATE
85 RT 33
MERCERVILLE NJ 08619
JONI BAKUM VOICE WORKS
SERVING SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY
TWO GIANTS PHOTOGRAPHY
414 NORTH BAY AVENUE, SUITE D
BEACH HAVEN NJ 08008
HARVEY CEDARS MARINA
6318 LONG BEACH BLVD
HARVEY CEDARS NJ 08008
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Chamber Board of Directors & Staff
JILLIAN ELSASSER, President
JEREMY DEFILIPPIS, 2nd Vice President
MALCOLM C. BURTON, AIA, Treasurer
ANDREA DRISCOLL, Immediate Past President
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LAURA BENSON, Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson
JOHN BOEKELL, Shore Community Bank
ELIZABETH GIGLIO, Barlow Buick GMC
TANEK HOOD, Reynolds Landscaping
DOROTHY LASSIK, TD Bank
JOHN BELL MASCHAL, Bay Village
LEW RICHARDS, Crust & Crumb Bakery
CHRISTOPHER SCHWAB, Anderson Insurance Agency
RICK TEMPLE, Temple Construction
JERRY THOMPSON, The Van Dyk Group
CHRISTINA ULINSKI PING, Brookdale Stafford
Chief Financial Officer, Ext. 103
Business Support Associate, Ext. 105
Business Support Associate, Ext. 107
Business Outreach Coordinator, Ext. 104
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