Southern Ocean Chamber Announces Fall Business Events

The Barnegat Lighthouse (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

SHIP BOTTOM – The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has a great fall season planned for the Long Beach Island Region, as they’ve partnered with members throughout the community to bring unique forums, Chamber meetings and networking opportunities to business professionals in Southern Ocean County.

  Examples are the Innovate & Caffeinate power breakfast meetings that feature the latest news, updates and timely topics, the popular Women in Business Roundtables that bring coffee and conversation to women business leaders, and a fall Non Profit Forum to provide solutions to groups in the area. If mornings don’t work for your, try an Afternoon Pop Up meeting that uses vacant space for the location of a Chamber meeting in an effort to promote economic development. This initiative has led to pairing businesses and empty spaces together. In the evenings, After Hours events take place on LBI and around the mainland, which typically feature networking, refreshments and touring active businesses.

Chowderfest Weekend returns on September 30 as hundreds of businesses will join or return as vendors, volunteers and ambassadors to cheer on participating restaurants in the annual Chowder Cook-Off. The Chamber has been the regional champion of Shop Small Business Saturday since the program started in 2010, and for the first time this year launched its own Holidays Redefined Shopping Program due to popular demand. Ending the 2017 year will be a Holiday Cocktail Party on December 6.

The full business calendar will be mailed directly to Chamber members, but can also be picked up at the Visitor Center, 265 West Ninth Street, or found on the Southern Ocean Chamber Facebook page or visitLBIregion.com.

The Chamber invites all businesses to attend any events and consider becoming a member. For more information, call 609-494-7211.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.