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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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As you work through your holiday shopping list, remember that shopping local makes a huge difference for your community! Not only will you be able to find a variety of unique gifts, but you are also helping to support your local economy and nonprofits. Local businesses actually make more charitable donations than large businesses. Nonprofits receive an average of 250% more support from small business owners than they do from large businesses!

Nonprofit organizations are imperative to thriving communities as they provide critical services that encourage economic stability and growth. Additionally, nonprofits understand the pulse of the community and support the needs of the region. Most organizations help to connect local businesses, provide networking resources and foster community engagement. 

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has made it easier than ever to support local LBI region businesses this season, by utilizing our Gift Guide Map (see below). The map showcases local deals, specials, extended hours and holiday events throughout the region. We are also running an Instagram photo contest, where you can win big while shopping! Click here for instructions on how to enter.

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Champion the region by shopping small and supporting small business and nonprofits! We hope you love using our digital Gift Guide Map for all of your shopping needs. We’re thrilled to have many fantastic nonprofits as part of our business community, see here for a full list. This is a great time of year to also support our community’s first responders by attending their holiday events, tree sales, santa visits and more. See here for a list of LBI region first responders and below for a list of upcoming events! 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, please RSVP to

First Responder Holiday Events

Santa Visits