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Southern Ocean Chamber Holiday Hallmarks are meant to provide resources to businesses throughout the LBI region during the holiday season. The series will offer tips and tricks on how to standout as well as innovative marketing strategies, and will remind residents and visitors the importance of supporting local businesses.
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This holiday season consider looking to local businesses, restaurants and retailers for a variety of gift options! Whether it’s a gift certificate to your loved one’s favorite restaurant, a gift basket from a delicious local bakery or a unique product or piece of art, the LBI region has something for everyone! Shopping local and supporting your community is imperative for a myriad of reasons, one of them being that small businesses create job opportunities.

In fact, local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents. As stated by the Small Business Administration, small companies create 1.9 million new jobs annually and account for 62% of jobs created in the United States! Each year this helps to drop the unemployment rate and the national unemployment rate is now at its lowest since 1969!

So of course, shopping local does a great deal to help our immediate community, but it also affects the economic health of the nation! Skip the chains and online retailers this season, and look to LBI region’s incredible and unique businesses to find something special for everyone on your list! 

If you’re a chamber member, make sure to take advantage of our Southern Ocean Job Opps group on Facebook, where you can share job openings to a group of 1,774 locals. Anyone can join the group to stay up to date on LBI region job opportunities! 

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Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to sign up for our Holidays Redefined program – the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has extended Small Business Saturday into a season-long shopping campaign with Holidays Shopping Redefined, directing consumers to what stores are open and offering up holiday incentives. This year we’ve rolled out a brand new Instagram photo contest and digital mapping to your business for Holiday & NYE specials, seasonal extended hours, dining and events.

Do you work for a local non profit? Come to our Non Profit Volunteer Symposium event on November 26th and learn how to utilize student volunteers and deepen relationships with volunteers of all ages! The event will start at 10 a.m. at Stockton University in Manahawkin. Also, our Annual Member Holiday Cocktail Party will take place on December 11th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Hotel LBI. To attend either or both events, please RSVP to [email protected]