Southern Ocean State of the Chamber Focuses on Workforce

The region’s chamber kicks off their 108th year with keynotes from New Jersey Labor Department and Ocean County PIC to address challenges and solutions.The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce invites businesses to save the date for their in person 2022 kick off. The 108th State of the Chamber will take place on Wednesday, January 19  at The Mainland Holiday Inn on Rt. 72 in Manahawkin at 8:15am This annual event intends to bring local business leaders together to learn the latest information that will help with planning a successful new year.

This year’s event topic focus on providing workforce development and labor trends to assist with filling much needed full time, part time, and seasonal employment within our region. The keynote speakers are Samuel Wear, Business Representative from the New Jersey Labor Department who serves as the principal liaison for the business community.  His work primarily involves promoting the services of the State’s public workforce system to connect employers with jobseekers, including  programs that incentivize the hiring of disadvantaged individuals from special populations. Representing Ocean County Private Industry Council, Sylvia Hernandez, CSW, CBEP. The Ocean County PIC is a collaborative of service providers focused on helping Employers & Job Seekers make beneficial connections. As the Business Services Coordinator, Ms. Hernandez assists employers maintain and grow their business by supporting recruitment efforts and helping identify potential candidates to fill their hiring needs. The presentation will inform on what 2022 initiatives are underway and how to benefit from them. Also presenting is Dr. Brian Tyrrell from Stockton University. Dr. Tyrrell provide an interesting take into the economic data captured from the Summer 2021 Consumer and Visitor Outreach Study. The chamber board and staff will have updates on programs, and events.

The event is $35 per person with RSVP to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on registering for the event or becoming a member, call 609-494-7211, go to, stop into the visitor center at 265 W. Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, or follow us on social media @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion.