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Volume Three, Issue Five: September/October 2017

Make It Matter, A Message From Our CEO

As they say, the best is yet to come and for a productive year like 2017 that says a lot. With a rebooted Chowderfest Weekend bringing in new and exciting opportunities for businesses and consumers, we also introducing many other innovative ways for our local economy to view and promote itself. The fall brings in the first ever Founded in Family Forum with an insight into running a family based operation, we also have networking events scheduled morning, noon and evening. Have you attended our Pop Up meetings yet? Make it a point try this new blend of economic development, networking and chamber business meeting. Gather with us this fall, save the dates and see you there!

Lori Pepenella


Our members are celebrating the 29th Chowderfest and this year there has been much planning and expanding. “Everything we are doing is to showcase the local musical talent, restaurants and businesses” states Todd Elsasser, Chowderfest Coordinator. “The expanded footprint is a great way to showcase what our community can do.”

Proceeds from the Chowderfest have provided three decades of financial support to hundreds of local charities and events, as well as scholarships to Pinelands Regional, Southern Regional and Barnegat High Schools. Funds are also used to operate and maintain the fully staffed visitor center located in Ship Bottom, advertise the region out of the area to visitors and produce other events that generate proven economic impact such as the LBI Wedding Road Show and reinvestment to new programs such as Southern Ocean Made, Open for Business and Founded in Family.



The weekend begins with the free Merchant Mart that will have live music from 10 to 5 from Jimmy Brogan, White Rabbit and The Implusives. This year a dedicated Make Shift Row tent has been added, which brings a market space designed to inspire that will be filled with handmade products for sale. There will be more taps added too with custom beverage menu full of flavorful beers and hard ciders.  Attendees can spend the day with dozens of merchants to shop for end of season bargains, localized specialties and gourmet food. Expanded grounds include more seating and elbow room for everyone, a Southern Ocean Chamber Partner and Sponsor lounge, additional tent for merchants and a featured beer garden. Member rate is $250 per table with $200 for additional tables – to reserve space or for more information please contact Cindy at 609 494 7211 x 105 or



Join the best restaurants in the region as they square off for ticket holder votes with unlimited red, white and creative chowder samples. Great chowder is accompanied by great live music, the line up scheduled to perform on Sunday are The Pickles, Ted Hammock and Jason Booth. Attendees can partake in the delicious food tent, grab a chair with added seating, avoid long lines with extra beer and cider taps, shop exclusive Chowdawear merchandise, vote and cheer on the winners at closing ceremonies scheduled at approx. 4pm. VIP & General Admission Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609 494 7211. Tickets are also on sale at the chamber’s Visitor Center, 265 W Ninth Street, Ship Bottom, or via email at

Click here for more information!



For the most up to date information on Chowderfest Weekend, join thousands of fans the Official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page or by visiting both chamber websites or

If you are interested in finding out more about the new Chowderfest Retail Partnership, contact the chamber office at 609 494 7211.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Ritchie & Page, The SandPaper, The BeachComber, TD Bank, NJ Division of Travel & Tourism, Ocean County Board of Freeholders, SyscoBarlow Auto GroupAtlantiCare, G Anderson AgencyJetty, Panzone’s, Bud LightWestminster Bakers Co.Pepsi.


Founded in Family – September 13 830am

Recognizing that family businesses make up a large part of the LBI Regional economy, September’s Chamber breakfast on September 13th at 830am will feature first, second and third generation panelists discussing the advantages and challenges of making the family business model work.

Join us for the first forum in the state to focus discussion on family decisions becoming business decisions at the regional chamber’s September 13 meeting held at the Holiday Inn-Mainland Manahawkin beginning at 830am. The cost is $20 with advance reservation or $25 at the door. It includes networking, program and breakfast buffet.

The panel will include perspective from a first, second and third generation businesspeople and will be moderated by Professor John Boyle of Stockton University. The panel will include Councilman David Taylor of Taylor Made Cabinets, Toby Sweeney, owns and operates the Terrance Tavern and Delaware Oyster House. Elizabeth Barlow-Giglio, Barlow Auto Group. Professor John Boyle of Stockton University will be leading the panel, Discussions will be focused on all aspects of starting, acquiring, maintaining and working within a multi generation business.

Click here for more information!

Open for Business

Fall Happenings.

After Hours at Daymark hosted by DDBCF
Tuesday, September 19, 5-8pm

Please join members and the David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation Team for a fun and casual evening featuring passed appetizers and private cash bar. RSVP by 9/8 through Chamber Office $10 suggested donation at door.

Women in Business Roundtable hosted by Health Village Imaging
Tuesday, September 26 10am

Manahawkin Tours, healthy breakfast and discussion on Women’s Health led by Laura Tavarez, MD. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office.

Save the Date for Pop UP
Wednesday, October 11, 330pm

We are scouting the perfect fall location for our one of a kind chamber meeting pairing vacant commercial space with business expansion or relocation possibilities. In partnership with Ocean County Board of Realtors. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office with $10 suggested donation to benefit Hope Sheds Light/Maximillian Foundation.

After Hours hosted at Jetty Headquarters
Wednesday, October 18, 5pm

Tours, print your own tee with Jetty Ink, appetizers, Jetty Session Ale, Wine & Cocktails. $10 with RSVP at the Chamber Office.

After Hours hosted by Southern Ocean Medical Center
Thursday, October 26 530-730pm

Join us for a social gathering while we tour the brand new renovated lobby and the newest radiation technology. Refreshments will be served.

Click here for the full calendar of Chamber Sponsored events!

Beach Culture Redefined

Holidays Redefined.

Holiday Pre Game
Saturday, November 25 through Friday, December 1
Making the Holidays merry and bright is also about supporting local businesses and giving unique gifts that value the community. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is rolling out their new program to help consumers locate shops and restaurants that are typically seasonal who have extended their hours for holiday shopping, services and dining. The program will have updated blogs and social postings featuring participating members who are open, as well as in store specials and holiday happenings beginning Shop Small Saturday November 25 throughout the holiday shopping season.

 The Holidays Shopping Redefined program will feature a Holiday Experience card for consumers to pick up at participating locations or Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 265 W Ninth Street, Ship Bottom NJ. Consumers can stop into any five of the listed restaurants and any 5 of the listed retailers to get card validated. Then they can return completed card to the Southern Ocean Chamber office for entry into a raffle to win our limited Chowderfest Stocking Gift pack with mug, vintage Tee and Gift Certificate for 2018 30th Anniversary Chowderfest. A perfect addition to anyone’s wish list. The program will run from November 25 to December 15 2017 and the winner will be randomly selected on Monday December 18, 2017. No purchases are necessary & business registration is free for Members. Those interested in being a part of this campaign can contact Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609-494-7211 x 104 or email

Open for Business

#LoveYourChamber Day is October 18 this year. National Chamber of Commerce Day encourages business recognition & allows professional chambers to share their stories and celebrate successes. We have partnered with the Ocean County Commerce Coalition (Greater Toms River, Lakewood, Brick, Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach Chambers) to generate positive buzz about the business that happens daily at your chamber office.

Women in Business

Women in Business Roundtable hosted by Health Village Imaging
Tuesday, September 26, 10am

Manahawkin Tours, healthy breakfast and discussion on Women’s Health led by Laura Tavarez, MD. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office.

Women in Business Halloween Roundtable hosted by Southern Ocean Chamber Building
Tuesday, October 31, 10am

WBNJ FM cohosts our final roundtable for 2017! Learn about our Holidays Redefined Shopping Program, and get a jump on 2018 schedule while enjoying a special brew. Free with RSVP to Chamber Office. Space is limited.

Open for Business

Mobile Advertising

Holiday Special offered from November 1 through January 1. $250 to send holiday messaging or business promotions. Contact to reserve your space!


We are excited to share Founded In Family, a focus on family run businesses in the LBI Region. Our fourth feature focuses on the Taylor Family of Taylor Made Cabinets!  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 Taylor Family!

Beach Culture Redefined

Thank you for all who launched our 2017 Land & Sea Guide with us! Find it at our visitor center, at NJ Welcome Centers, in LBI Welcome Bags or online!

The LBI Region is better in September – enjoy all that our coastal towns have to offer throughout the Fall!

Southern Ocean Made

Congratulations to Ann Coen Gallery, Jetty, South End Surf n Paddle, Tuckerton Seaport, Manafirkin Brewing Co.Pinelands Brewing and Ship Bottom Brewery for being the round of businesses approved for the Southern Ocean Made certification program.

Save the Date for November 8th’s Innovate & Caffeinate featuring the Southern Ocean Made Launch & Shop Small Saturday Kick Off!


Southern Ocean Chamber “LBI Region Radio Report” – Fall Partner Sessions

Tune into our award winning radio broadcast each Monday at 9a & 6p on 91.9FM WNBNJ to hear what is happening at the Chamber, local businesses and not to be missed summer events. Our podcast is also available on iTunes and GooglePlay for download anytime.


Open for Business

Reserve your space for season shopping on our LED Mobile Billboard!

Open for the holidays or wish to promote your business with a holiday greeting? Get your business noticed by advertising on our mobile billboard. The billboard is currently located at the chamber’s Visitor Center but travels quite frequently to multiple Chamber & seasonal events throughout the LBI Region.

Advertising Opportunities
Have your ad seen at these events!
Pop-Up Meetings
The Makers Festival
Chamber Member Properties
Holiday Season (NEW!)

Summer Pricing
July – October: $695
August – October: $495

Reserve now for the Holiday Season!
November 1 – January 1 for only $295

Contact for details!

Open for Business

Get ready for Holiday Shopping Season – sign on for Shop Small Saturday and Holiday Shopping Redefined program launch. Members who want to begin this holiday season with 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. A  perfect addition to anyone’s wish list. No purchase necessary to enter. The program runs from November 25 to December 15. Winner will be pulled on Monday Dec 18!

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.

Barlow Buick GMC of Manahawkin
Where everyone is treated like family.

Creative Click Media
We are a result driven digital agency in New Jersey focused on creative marketing, web design & development

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.

TD Bank
America’s Most Convenient Bank

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

Susan Hay
The Haymarket
2120 Long Beach Boulevard
Ship Bottom NJ 08008

Chrystie Shimko
Tula the Botique
806 North Bay Avenue
Beach Haven NJ 08008

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County
338 South Main Street
Barnegat NJ 08005

Chris Begley
Alexandra Conn
Kitchen Encounters Designs, LLC
511 Route 72, Unit 8
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Jonathan Carr
Weather NJ
Serving New Jersey

Sandy Castle
German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ
Oak Ridge NJ 07438

Jonathan Giglio
Giglio Awning Company
7802 Long Beach Boulevard
Harvey Cedars NJ 08008

Morgan R. Sayre
State Farm Agency
100 Reaville Avenue
Flemington NJ 08822

Ed Warminski
Supreme Security Systems, Inc.
1565 Union Avenue
Union NJ 07083
908-882-8822 x 8312

Keith Baldwin
Better Quality Linens
Piscataway NJ 08854

Capt. Tom Masterson
LBI Boat Tours
Morrison’s Marina, Dock 33, 525
Second Street, Beach Haven NJ 08008

Janet Frank
Long Beach RV Resort & Campground
30 Route 72
Barnegat NJ 08005

Carlos Colon
Crimson Professional Insurance Agency
2911 Route 88, Suite 7
Point Pleasant NJ 08742

Joseph Capone
Capone Agency
849 West Bay Avenue, Suite 16
Barnegat NJ 08005

Lindsey Finn
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Jack Rak
Garden Metal Art
Serving Southern Ocean County

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

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Business to Business


Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

Panzone’s Pizza

JEREMY DEFILIPPIS, 2nd Vice President
Jetty Life


ANDREA DRISCOLL, Immediate Past President
The SandPaper

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, Ext. 104

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