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Volume Two, Issue Four: July / August 2016

LBI Region on the Move!

Last year, the marketing materials to promote our “Beach Culture Redefined” messaging was created with the help of local artists, highlighting the unique experience and artistic style in every aspect of the Long Beach Island Region. Partnerships, promotional initiatives, digital outreach and events are featured along with seasonal messages from Holidays Redefined which resulted into the largest Shop Small holiday shopping kick off, and Weddings Redefined focusing on destination wedding and April 19 Wedding Road Show. In proudly representing the business community on a state, national and international level, the SOC joined NJTIA in working toward the common goal of improving the New Jersey tourism product, increasing over-night stays and attracting out-of-state visitors and positively promoting locations within the Garden State as a multi faceted destination.

Thank you to Jetty & Ann Coen Photography Gallery artists for assisting us in this visual product.

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Credit: Ryan Johnson Photography

On April 18, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had a brief meeting with Trenton.

Alexander King, Aide to the Governor, is working on relations between business communities in New Jersey and the Office of the Governor. He started with the state trade associations and worked his way to more local organizations.

King wanted to hear about what we have going on locally. We explained to him that our economy is thriving, though very seasonal, but the beach, the bay, and the charm of this area are still a powerful draw. We reminded him that we are using our state Destination Marketing Organization grant to bring money into the Long Beach Island region (and the state in general) from out of state. We discussed how Ocean County tourism was responsible for $4.6 billion in 2015.

On his end, King wanted to reach out to the business community here to let us know that we have a “line” to Trenton. As members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, he offered his direct contact for business concerns. He also explained that if members have paperwork lost in Trenton or questions at the state level, he can do his best to answer concerns.

You can reach King at


28th Annual Chowder Cook-Off Classic!

This family fun festival features live music, activities and unlimited Chowder tasting with the opportunity for each ticket holder to vote for their favorite red and white chowder. The event is nestled in Beach Haven surrounded by beautiful views of the bay and plenty of year end discounted shopping. It has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome in the fall. Always the weekend before Columbus Day Weekend, this year join us on October 1, 2016, for the fabulous Merchant Mart (free admission) where local vendors offer the best deals of the season and Sunday for the Chowder Cook Off Classic held rain or shine at the Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Apply for Merchant’s Mart here.

Joint Base Petition

The United States Air Force (“USAF”) is in the final stages of selecting the Main Operating Base 4 for the new KC-46A and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (“the Joint Base”) is a top five finalist.

The Joint Base is invaluable to the surrounding communities and the entire state. The 45,000+ jobs that come directly from the Joint Base are crucial to New Jersey’s economy and getting the next round of the KC-46As could feasibly cement the base in New Jersey for the foreseeable future. Although the USAF makes basing decisions primarily off of tangible military assets, runways, hangars, etc. the quality of life and military friendliness of New Jersey could also play a role in the decision.

The Office of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is asking that you to read & sign the petition so that we may show the USAF Commanders that New Jersey is the best place to base the KC-46A. Feel free to print and distribute the petition to anyone and everyone that you think would be willing and able to sign it.

Once signed you may either scan and email it back to or mail it back to:

Office of the Lt. Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

The Lt. Governor will be hosting an upcoming event to raise awareness of the Joint Base’s top five ranking for this mission. Details and an invitation to this event will follow. Following this event the signed petitions will be sent to the Pentagon and the USAF Command.

(Information sourced via an email from Legislative Liaison Richard B. Everett, Jr.)



The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaborations between the two groups.

“This alliance with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce will help the SBA to create a larger footprint in Southern Ocean County and to bring more SBA programs and resources to small business owners located there,” said SBA’s New Jersey District Director Al Titone. “We realized the importance of this relationship 3½ years ago, when the chamber of commerce stepped in and helped us to promote SBA Disaster loan programs to residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. This was the beginning of our relationship and so it is only natural that we begin to look at ways to do more for small businesses in Southern Ocean County.”

According to Titone, the SAM is designed spur economic development through small business growth, and to improve entrepreneurial education that advances greater access to capital, expanded technical assistance and access to government contracting programs.

“The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is a strong network of dedicated businesses who work together to promote business and to foster a prosperous climate for economic development and business growth in Southern Ocean County,” said Chamber President Andrea Driscoll. “As we celebrate our 102nd Anniversary, this alliance with the SBA only helps us to further and strengthen our mission to bring added value services and programs to our members and the small business community.”

“We are looking to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce for their input on what they believe the small business community’s current needs are and how we can collaborate on addressing those needs through customized training and the use of SBA’s programs and services that can benefit entrepreneurs in the area,” added Titone.

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services, please contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at 973-645-23434 or visit SBA’s website at

Boots to Business

Boots to Business Reboot for Veteran Entrepreneurs!

Veterans have the character, discipline, and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Step two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Registration information at the links below:



Information sourced from the US Small Business Administration “Boots to Business” website.

Phenomenal Women Under 40

Saluting the unlimited potential of rising women in leadership

Join the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore as we recognize the emerging leaders of our community. Nominate the stand-out performers you know in Monmouth and Ocean counties’ businesses and organizations. Share their impact and how they make a difference in the workplace or where they volunteer.

Why recognize?
When you recognize outstanding performers, you’re celebrating the hard work and dedication necessary to be a success. When we recognize Phenom recipients at our sunset cocktail party we’ll not only be recognizing them for who they are, but who our community thinks they’re poised to become.

How to submit?
Nominees must be under age 40 on December 31, 2016, a resident of Monmouth or Ocean counties, or employed/affiliated with a business or organization located in Monmouth and Ocean counties. They do not have to be involved with Girl Scouts.

Click HERE to nominate an outstanding woman for the Phenom Award.

Help Wanted?

Your summer staff is about to leave for school & a new batch of hires may be in your future.  When reviewing applications, remember the following:

  • All minors under the age of 18 who work in New Jersey must have an employment certificate also called “working papers” or a special permit (for agriculture, newspaper carrier, or theatrical employment).
  • An employment certificate is required for each employer.
  • Minors must be given a 30-minute meal break after 5 continuous hours of work.

Familiarize yourself with additional NJ Child Labor Laws by clicking here.

Escape Guide

Check out our online Vacation Planner…The Escape Guide

Are you relaxed yet? The certain serenity of the Long Beach Island Region It should not take long, once you enter the Long Beach Island Region to succumb to the beauty and peaceful nature of our area. From the preserved Pine Barrens, scenic bay or our 18 mile stretch of Atlantic coastline, it brings the best out in the quality time we are all trying to capture. The region is the perfect host whether it is a large family gathering, special event romantic getaway or a casual get together. Art, Culture and historic sights add to the atmosphere along with water sports, amusements and bustling shopping villages. Our region prides itself in its ability to allow visitors to take advantage of all there is to see and do at their own pace. Enjoy!

Stop into our year-round information center to get all the information you need for your stay in the Escape Guide, call 609-494-7211, or complete the order form!

ALO Longboard Challenge

The 8th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam will be held on Sunday, July 31 at Hudson Avenue in Harvey Cedars, NJ! This marks the 6th year that Jetty will be donating to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, which takes all profits from the event and donates them to local breast cancer patients in need. The Coquina Jam has raised in excess of $39,000 and they are looking forward to exceeding the donations in years past! This day is all about females, family, and fun in the sun!

ALO Longboard Challenge

Now in its 8th year the ALO LBI Longboard Classic is one of our largest fundraisers and one of the most fun events we’ve organized. Started by our longtime board member Tom Beaty, the Longboard Classic brings together generations and celebrates our oceans the best way we know possible, surfing! This contest requires a vintage surfboard that is at least 3 feet longer than you are tall and is judged on style, nose rides, and ultimately looking like you’re having a good time.

The event features prominent surfers from varying generations and beach towns alike. Bring the whole family out for the day to enjoy as spectator or as a competitor. Raffles, live music, food, and more are all a part of this long running event.

The 2016 ALO LBI Longboard Classic will take place on Saturday, August 13 (no wave date August 14). The event this year will be located at the 16th Street Beach Area in Ship Bottom. We’re excited to be in a central location on the island and hope to make this event the best yet.

Register here!
Entry is $30 and includes a contest T-shirt & lunch.

Get Ready for Summer!

LBI Region Visitors Want to Know!

The Chamber Information Center at 265 W 9th Street is ready for your 2016 season menus, calendars, flyers, events and more! We are proud to have a growing member base of over 500 members, each of which who offers unique products & services. Help us keep locals & visitors informed!

12 Annual Cardboard Regatta

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Join Stafford Township for a beautiful summer day of sailing on the lake. Gather your family and friends and build your most creative catamaran, your super schooner, your valiant vessel and take it for a voyage on the Manahawkin Lake. The catch is, it can only be made of 2 things…cardboard and duct tape! Boats will compete in pairs to determine this years maritime master! A beautiful trophy, bragging rights and fame can be all yours! There’s even a prize for best sink!

This year, the Regata takes place on August 6 at Manahawkin Lake Park at 12p.

Register here or call 609-489-0910 for additional information.

Discover NJ Arts

In between suntans and sand castles, why not take in a little music and fine art? Get the most out of the coast and enjoy LBI!

Here’s a tasts of what’s happening:

28th Annual Fine Arts Festival at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, July 23-24
This festival weaves an exquisite tapestry of handmade original artwork from more than 80 local, regional, and national artisans.

Truckerton Brew Fest at Tuckerton Seaport, August 13-14
In addition to 20+ food trucks and a craft beer garden, this fest features live music throughout the day so you can get some arts in with your eats.

Third Thursday
Explore the creative side of LBI during an all-day art experience featuring art, workshops, music, food & more!

Garden State Pottery II at m.t.burton gallery, August 13-September 13
This group show features recent work from 10 potters from throughout New Jersey. Don’t miss the opening reception on August 13.

Click here to learn more about Discover NJ Arts!

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Beach Culture Redefined
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Click the image to watch the Pilot Episode of Just Beneath The Surface!

Cutting Edge Video Applied to LBI Region’s Beach Culture Redefined Campaign!

Our campaign has been nominated for a New Jersey Excellence in Tourism Award! Be part of the conversation that brings business, artisans, visitors and neighbors together. Use our hashtag to promote events, activities or daily routine to capture the essence of our unique piece of the shore. Please share our latest video –!

Working in conjunction with the the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization, locally based Black Sails Publications, Oak Leaf Media & Volatile Media Management are taking Beach Culture Redefined to the next level via a web-based video series, telling the stories of the region with stunning, high resolution, professionally shot, footage featuring underwater scenes, festivals, environment, local characters, culinary arts, watersports, aerial vantages and wildlife.

Local News Reel

Little Egg Harbor Walmart Readies for July 13 Opening (The SandPaper, 07/06/2016)

N.J.’s ‘tropical’ waters creeping north, wowing beachgoers (, 07/14/2016)

N.J.’s best beach: A public beach that feels like a private paradise, (, 07/20/2016)

2 LBI squads added to tonight’s A.C. Lifeguard Classic, (Press of Atlantic City, 07/22/2016)

From the May/June Edition of the Bridge

Pinelands Regional Students, Great Bay Paddlers Organize for Cleanups at Tuckerton Seaport (The SandPaper, 04/29/2016)

All Three Dredges on Site for Replenishment Work in Beach Haven (The SandPaper, 04/27/2016)

Barnegat Light Taxpayers Weigh in on Open Space (The SandPaper, 04/26/2016)

You Need to Know...

Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on April 22nd that traffic on the Route 72 Bridge will be shifted to the newly constructed bridge this weekend as construction progresses on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project.

The NJDOT expects to move all traffic to the new bridge with two lanes running in each direction as crews work to restore traffic patterns to their summer alignment. This shift will permit work to the existing bridge. Summer traffic patterns are expected to be fully restored by mid-May.

Please click here for more information about the Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project.

Upcoming Events

See our Event Calendar for a listing of the area’s happenings!

Full Event Calendar
Submit Your Event

Advertising Opportunities

Reach your target audience with Full Color ads in our email blasts, “The Bridge: Chamber to Business” digital newsletter and the “LBI Region Happenings” digital newsletter to be distributed to the community.  Digital Advertising Rates start as low as $60 per month.  Design services available at an additional charge.

For ad rates & inquiries, contact
Danielle Corso

Must be a Chamber member in good standing.

Visitor's Center

Get your info into visitor’s hands at our Information Center

Our Ship Bottom Visitor Center is a  favorite first stop for seasonal visitors as well as information headquarters for brides to be,  homeowners, families relocating, and welcoming committees for our 55 + communities! Bring in your 2015 Brochures, flyers and postcards and connect with them.

The Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the year, and  Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm Spring through Fall.

If you have questions about what to bring or how many, give a call to 609-494-7211 and speak with Linda x107 or Cindy x105.

Thank You For Being A Member of the Chamber!
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The LBI Region is stronger with a network of  community-minded businesses.

Share the benefits with your peers – ask them to Join Us!

Doing Business

Explore the services offered by our members!

Our membership is composed of businesses, professionals, services and organizations of the LBI Region. Please browse through our business directory by clicking here!

Get Savvy
Industry Expert?

Provide helpful hints on topics such as SEO, accounting, marketing, human resources, legal, insurance, or whatever field you excel.  Educate your peers about your industry & help to increase business-to-business interaction.

For more information, please contact Danielle Corso at

Must be a Chamber member in good standing.
Welcome New Members

Paul Rueda
PKR Construction LLC
302 2nd Street
Beach Haven NJ 08008

Lori Breen
Gemini Linen & Uniform Rental
610 Public Road
Palmyra NJ 08065

Kathy Finelli
JDM Andrews Construction, Inc.
697 Mill Creek Road, Suite 8
Manahawkin NJ 08050

Bill Hoffmann
SYSCO Philadelphia, LLC
600 Packer Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19148

Lou Reichert
The Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087

Tasha Peter
Lost Sock Cleaning Company
454 South Main Street
West Creek NJ 08092

Brian Sabarese
404 Broadway
Barnegat Light NJ 08006
609 494-2100

Jesse Hayes
CDA Contracting
691 Route 9 South, Suite 5
Little Egg Harbor NJ 08087

Beyond the Beach

Beyond the Beach is BACK! Tune into LBI TV 190 on Comcast for the Southern Ocean Chamber’s Award Winning program promoting shoulder season activities directly to summer visitors. The channel is running 24 hours 7 days a week, with our program featured continually.  To see previous seasons go to

Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

The SandPaper

JILLIAN ELSASSER, 1st Vice President
Panzone’s Pizza

SKYE J. GIBSON, CFP®, 2nd Vice President


CHRISTINA ULINSKI PING, Immediate Past President
Brookdale Stafford

Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce

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SOCCC Board of Directors

JOHN BOEKELL, Shore Community Bank


TANEK HOOD, Reynolds Landscaping


RICK TEMPLE, Temple Construction

LEW RICHARDS, Crust & Crumb Bakery



TIM HART, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission


The Staff

Office Manager, Ext. 103

Membership & Event Coordinator, Ext. 104

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 105

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 107

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