Up for a NJ Road Trip? Take it beyond the exit and to the LBI Region

Hit the road and travel across the state with the assistance of the “New Jersey Road Trip Beyond the Exit” online map! This statewide guide highlights the LBI Region and points out other important travel stops in six major road trip routes. Each route pinpoints where travelers can stop along the way to experience the best of state.

The Southern Ocean Chamber Visitor Center has been a staple since it opened over a half-century ago and is included in the Down The Shore route which follows the Garden State Parkway. They share the trip with Historic parks, iconic lighthouses, famous boardwalks, and amusements. Beyond the Exit also features routes including Mountain Magic that follows Rt 80, Bridge to Bridge along the NJ Turnpike, Farm to City along RT 78, Wine Trail on Rt 42, and Southern River to Shore along Rt 40.

The visitor center is located at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom and is open M-F 10 to 4 pm, with a fully stocked porch pick up area accessible anytime. The 106-year organization also has an online virtual visitor center located on www.visitLBIregion.com

Link to Road Map

Digital Opportunity to Promote Your Business.

  • Promote your business or event to everyone entering Long Beach Island
  • Run for one month, seasonally, or year-round!
  • Digital Ads run for 10 seconds within a 5-7 minute digital “loop”
  • Change your ad throughout the year to suit your promotional needs *available with seasonal or year round ad
  • Design services available with seasonal or year round ad
  • Limited space available – Contact Kate to reserve your spot today

Southern Ocean Chamber 2020 Accomplishment List

Notable Business Resources provided for members:

  • COVID 19 Resource Page – updated with business initiatives, programs, and tools – launched March 10
  • Now Serving Campaign – First in state to roll out open restaurant and take out list – launched March 17
  • FanFare Program First in state to roll out essential & remote service consumer index – launched March 23
  • LBI Region Report Radio – kept in production with new broad/podcasts every Monday on WBNJ
  • Member and Partner Check in calls made daily by staff during Stay at Home orders
  • E-blasts COVID- 19 Response Updates: info graphics, Funding and state news, calls to action
  • Hosted Webinar with SBA Director Titone on CARES ACT Funding Applications- March 25
  • Hosted Women in Business Virtual Roundtable COVID updates/Delights Artisan Café  April 7
  • Grow With Google livestream – Keep the Lights On – April 14
  • Hosted Non Profit Forum Online with Stockton University Outreaching in Digital Times- April 16
  • Non Profit Solutions Program activated to share online events/fundraising for member groups April 16
  • Launch Refresh initiative – detail oriented approach for members to participate in messaging.  Structured with updated COVID resources and Welcome Campaign playbook for members to receive amplified outreach through digital marketing, earned and social media. – May Small Business/Tourism Week
  • The marketing campaign will be analyzed weekly to help stay current and responsive to consumer sentiment with new play tactics available to members to participate in the ongoing marketing.
  •  Grow with Google Manage Business remotely Live Stream- May 6
  • Hosted Women in Business Virtual Roundtable Reopening with Congressman Kim and Southern Ocean Medical Center Update with Chief Officer Michele Morrison – May 30
  • Launch visitLBIregion.com website with member profile newsletter  –  Memorial Weekend
  • Hosted Hometown Security Webinar with NJ Office of Homeland Security Reopening,  Covid disinformation and protest response – June 3
  • Hosted SBA Guide for Loan Forgiveness Webinar – June 25
  • Hosted December Meeting featuring updates with Southern Ocean Medical Center
  • Member -NJ Business Coalition – signing on to key  issues involved with funding, re opening and recovery
  • Member – NJ Arts, History & Tourism Recovery Coalition – work towards future funding mechanisms
  • Member – Ocean County Tourism & Business Advisory – Updates with Commissioner & county wide businesses
  • Member- Jersey Shore Recovery Coalition – discussions regarding shore specific issues
  • Panelist –  May 6 Jersey Shore Cast regarding Shore 2020 and 2021 forecasts
  • Speaker – Dec 3 NJ Conference on Tourism
  • Boost Box Subscription – COVID edition – service featuring businesses and programs – sent April 6
  • Hosted Virtual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning tour with video and interactive program – April 26
  • Stand For Small Chamber SHOP LOCAL launch Welcoming by Land and Sea marketing- May 3
  • Promoted LAND & SEA DIGITAL GUIDE- ready to download with live links right to the businesses that can assist them with future plans. This guide was an  important quarantine resource to connect with consumers near and far.
  • Created Mother’s Day online Gift and Dining Guide – May 5
  • Beach Information and Badge Guide
  • LBI REGION REPORT weekly radio show
  • Virtual Visitor Center with porch pick up of vacation material on new visitLBIreigon.com website – Memorial Week
  • Facilitated Explore the LBI REGION reopening summer Webinar  with Stockton University – June 10
  • Boost Box and Explore LBI Region Visitor News Letter subscription service- June 15
  • Visitor Center COVID Cleaned, Walk up Window installed and porch pick up continues – June 15
  • Launched TAPinto Little Egg & Tuckerton Accredited News site – July 10
  • Social Media – Southern Ocean Chamber Facebook & Instagram News feed and Stories: updated multiple times each day with Now Serving, Fanfare and COVID 19 Time Sensitive information
  • Social Media LBI Wedding Road Show Specific on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Social Media – Chowderfest Facebook page, Now Serving and food oriented fund raisers
  • Social Media – LBI Region on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – Find your favorite member blogs, travel stories and information
  • Fulfilling media interview requests, story suggestions, content creation and generating press releases
  • Launched integrated Keep Summer Beautiful Anti Littering Campaign
The Chamber held events featuring over 1,000 attendees throughout the year including:
  • January 2020 State of the Chamber at the Mainland
  • Winter Strategic Planning Sessions l & ll at Hotel LBI
  • January Women in Business at A Sweet Memory
  • February Spanish in the Workplace at Chamber Center with Ocean County College
  • February Women in Business at Cindy Kelly Kitchen Design
  • Winter Non Profit Forum at Stockton Manahawkin Campus
  • March Innovate & Caffeinate with NJ DOHS at the Mainland
  • March Google Work Shop at Chamber Visitor Center
  • March SBA Cares Act Webinar with Director Titone
  • March Women in Business Webinar with Delights Artisan Cafe/Tea Party to Go
  • April Keeping the Lights on Google Livestream
  • Spring Non Profit Forum Webinar
  • Virtual Wedding Road Show April Event
  • May Google Webinar Manage Your Business Remotely
  • May Women in Business Webinar with Southern Ocean Medical Center
  • May NJ Tourism Industry Update Webinar
  • June Hometown Security Webinar with NJDOHSP and Ocean County Law Enforcement
  • June Welcome By Land & Sea How To Explore the LBI Region Webinar with Stockton University
  • June  SBA Webinar Prepare for Loan Forgiveness
  • July Grow with Google Summer School Webinar
  • August SBA Loan Forgiveness Update Webinar
  • August Summer Speakeasy Virtual Networking Event
  • September Women in Business at Sassafras Hill Farm
  • October Holiday Grow Sales with Google Webinar
  • October Building Resiliency in Families Webinar in partnership with Cape May County and Greater Atlantic City Chambers
  • Fall Non Profit Forum Building Bridges to Inclusion with Ocean County Culture & Heritage
  • November Innovate & Caffeinate Eat, Drink & Buy LBI Holiday Guide Kick off with Ocean County Commissioner Vicari
  • In Person Ribbon Cuttings: February, August and October

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening

–The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.  The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

First Draw Borrower Application

Second Draw Borrower Application

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares

Economist Joel Naroff featured at January 13 State of the Chamber

2021 will be an unprecedented year for the local and national economy. Get the big picture explained by Joel Naroff, PhD on our livestream happening January 13th, 2021. Do not miss the chance to have this nationally recognized economic forecasting expert address and forecast for our region. For the last six years, he was a Crystal Ball Award winner of the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. He has twice received the National Association for Business Economics Outlook Award as the top economic forecaster.

Joel works with firms across the country and is an economic advisor to TDn2k, Emerald Asset Management, Investors Bank, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to name a few. He is an economic and financial advisor to state and local governments and has provided expert testimony in front of Congress on economic and fiscal policy matters. Joel is often quoted in the national press, including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, and Newsweek. He appears frequently on CNBC, Fox Business News and ABC’s The World News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, The News Hour, The Wall Street Journal Report, BNN in Canada, and local television stations throughout the Northeast.

This popular presenter always provides a candid and accurate outlook for businesses on a national, state and local level. In addition to getting an opportunity for questions and answers on our regional economy, the Southern Ocean County Chamber will be making announcements regarding upcoming programs in 2021 as well as an update from State of the Chamber sponsor Orsted. Businesses and organizations should not miss this event for planning and projecting. This meeting will debut the Chamber’s new virtual event platform. Cost will be $10 to attend. The meeting is scheduled to open online at 8:30 AM.

RSVP by registering below.

Get Cozy with A Winter Getaway In the Long Beach Island Region

It may be sweater weather, but plans for summer begin with a winter trip. The LBI Region invites you down
to sample an extraordinary destination where winter activities are set with pristine beaches, legendary pine
forests and historic downtowns. Planning trends this year are all about creating the right
fit for new flexible schedules. Keeping travel distance shorter and expanding stays throughout the winter
months are sure to follow into spring and summer. This winter make the most of your time by taking a new
class, make an appointment to pamper yourself, or enjoy a show. Need help to find the perfect fireplace to
sit back and relax in charming hotel or vacation rental? As the region’s Chamber of
Commerce we are home to the area’s local experts that will help you make the a stay in the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore, time well spent. The most up to date resource can be found on the area’s digital guide Eat, Drink, and Buy LBI Region.

Our Winter Getaway edition is filled with ways to plan the perfect reason for a winter escape as well as
sample of things to come for the warmer weather. Exploring activities at the Surflight Theatre in Beach
Haven like “Sippy Saturday Comedy Night” with Stand up Comedians from NYC live onstage where you
can bring along those closed cups with the beverage of your choice to enjoy or Live Laugh Love: A
Valentine’s Cabaret a fabulous afternoon piano bar style Cabaret of humor, romance, and great vocalists.
The performances are socially distanced and in full adherence to CDC and State of NJ Guidelines. How
about brushing up on your Italian by taking a beginner or advanced class at the LBI Foundation of Arts &
Science? Scout out The Tuckerton Seaport for classes and programs that are perfect for families, education
pods and small groups filled with folk art, history and environmental learning for all ages.
To help round out your winter, spend the day enjoying walking trails, iconic landmarks like Barnegat
Lighthouse State Park, Cedar Bridge Tavern County Park, nature preserves and seaside architecture. Our
many eateries, bakeries, markets, salons, galleries and retailers offer special and safe ways to enjoy local
flavor. For those over 21, the Surf & Sip Brew trail highlights our craft breweries and artisan shops that
inspire the coastal culture.

Explore the Eat, Drink & Buy LBI Region Guide complete with winter videos, interactive map and listings
to help plan a day or longer stay. For personal assistance, you can always contact us at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 609 494 7211