LBI Chowderfest launches Online Shop for Official 2020 Merchandise

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Jetty Inc, to provide tasters and enthusiasts an opportunity to pre order Official Chowderwear Aug 4 through September 15

For the first time in the 32 year history, Chowderfest Merchandise will be available entirely online with a limited time ecommerce site powered by Jetty Inc. There is nothing that says fall in the Long Beach Island Region as the annual Chowderfest event. This year, due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating with a month long event including a virtual Chowder run event.

The pre-order store will feature the most popular choices that Tasters have come to expect each year, including Tasters Tees, Hooded Sweatshirt, Long Sleeve T and, new this year, limited run Chowderfest Neck Gaiter that can be pulled up for mouth and nose covering. “I’m looking forward to expanding the reach and sales potential of Chowder gear knowing how popular it has been for many years.  I think a negative pandemic has given us a fresh new look at expanding the Chowderfest brand while improving some facets that we were set in our ways about” states  Jetty Co-Founder Jeremy DeFilippis “A pre-order allows customers to shop at their convenience, well ahead of time, as opposed to just on the traditional 2 days of the event in the Fall.  It also allows the Chamber to spend $0 out-of-pocket as we take in the pre-orders, tally them up, print and ship.” Orders will be taken for a limited time now through September 15 to guarantee delivery for the Grand Champion Announcement on October 4.

By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows customers to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of  restricted space, visit merchants in store and online.  The extra time will give customers an opportunity to plan stops according to their comfort level that will bring a steady stream of business to those members who are participating.  Voting will begin September 5 for Labor Day Weekend for patrons to begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts so they can even create a “Chowderfest at Your House” event. Each voter can register for free voting ballot and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet.  The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4.  In addition to the Limited time Chowderwear e-store, there will be Photo Op stops, digital mapping, and Secret Sale Merchant Listing housed online at www.chowderfest.com. There will no cost for consumers to get the information needed to vote or tour the ChowdeRestaurant & Merchant Month businesses.

www.chowderfest.com

Participate in Chowderfest 2020

Due to restrictions currently in place, the 2020 Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. As the organizers of the 32 year event, we recognize that this is an opportunity to keep the community safe and keep this popular event on the 2020 calendar. The ChowdeRestaurant & Merchant Month will have many features, including a Chowderfest playlist for in home or on route listening, Chowderwear e-store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options, an online voting component, Virtual Chowder Run & Bike Challenge, social media and pop up surprises.

By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows customers to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space , shopping merchants in store and online as well as submitting their vote for an overall chowder champion. ChowderMonth will begin September 5 for tasters to begin visiting restaurants to purchase Chowder cups, pints and quarts, so they can even create a “Chowderfest at Your House” event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend.

Each voter can register for free and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet. The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4. From Photo Op stops, digital mapping and Secret Sale Merchant Listing housed online at Chowderfest.com , there will no cost for consumers to get the information needed to vote or tour the participating members.

Sponsors joining Southern Ocean County Chamber to soup up the local economy by presenting this clamtastic event are: The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, AtlantiCare, G. Anderson Agency, Anderson Insurance Agency, Atlantic States Group, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, Beasley Media Group, and Sysco.

Of course, we look forward to next year and invite everyone to Save the Date for Chowderfest Weekend happening Oct 2 and 3 2021 when traditional festivities will be back. 

For more information on how members can become a participating restaurant or retailer, click and download the info sheet: CLICK HERE

Chowderfest 2020 pivots to Soup up the Local economy

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members responded to COVID 19 safety issues by creating a dynamic ChowderMonth, to support local businesses that will launch Labor Day Weekend

Due to restrictions currently in place this year’s Chowderfest  will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers.  As the organizers of the 32 year event , the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce recognizes that this is an opportunity to keep the community safe and keep this popular event on the 2020 calendar will present ChowdeRestaurant & Merchant Month. There will be many new features including a Chowderfest Play list for in home or on route listening, Official Chowderwear  e-store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options, an  online voting component, Chowder Run & Bike Virtual Challenge, with social media and pop up surprises. “The importance of the event cannot be underestimated” states Chamber President Christopher Schwab, Anderson Insurance Agency. “This will bring Merchants and Restaurants the end of season attention as well as give everyone an enjoyable way to support local businesses”

By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows customers to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of  restricted space, visit merchants in store and online.  The extra time  will give customers an opportunity to plan stops according to their comfort level that will bring a steady stream of business to those members who are participating.  Details will be shared shortly, but the voting  will begin September 5 for Labor Day Weekend for patrons to begin purchasing Chowder  cups, pints and quarts,  so they can even create a “Chowderfest at Your House” event. Each voter can register for free voting ballot and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet.  The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4.   From Photo Op stops, digital mapping, and Secret Sale Merchant Listing will be housed online at www.chowderfest.com , there will no cost for consumers to get the information needed to vote or tour the ChowdeRestaurant & Merchant Month businesses.

Sponsors joining Southern Ocean County Chamber to Soup up the local economy by presenting this clamtastic event are: The Sandpaper/Beachcomber , AtlantiCare,  G. Anderson Agency, Anderson Insurance Agency, Atlantic States Group, Beasley Media Group, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and Sysco.

Southern Ocean Chamber partners with SBA to Bring Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 5

Join us for a livestream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The region’s chamber will present “SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Webinar ll – New Information on the Forgiveness Process and working with your Lender” on Wednesday August 5 at 11am through the Zoom platform.

The Small Business Administration plans to open the Paycheck Forgiveness platform for lenders on August 10. Businesses who have borrowed and spent the PPP funds can start the process in getting their loans forgiven. Since guidance on forgiveness has been ever-changing, this webinar may provide new insight to the program.

The webinar will feature Sheryl Paynter, Lead Lender Relations & Lead Economic Development Specialist of the SBA NJ District Office for an overview on the most up to date guidance with tips for businesses to properly submit to their lenders. There is no cost to attend but businesses must register in advance by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber office by calling 609.494.7211 or emailing [email protected]

For more information on the 106 year business organization, go to www.visitLBIregion.com or follow on social as @SouthernOceanChamber @LBIRegion.

Moving the Vision Forward

Southern Ocean Chamber Strategic Plan Announcement Our chamber has been approved in to the TAPinto News Network.
Downtown Driven Program expands to an Accredited NJ Press Association Network. We are excited to launch this dedicated space to connect town, activities, and community news. With trusted sources harder to find, we are proud to bring a network of more than 80 franchised news sites with more than 10 million readers to share in our stories, achievements and call to action. This model is a new Non-Profit News approach to community connection and we are looking forward to creating this new path to show how our area continue to innovate and redefine Beach Culture.
Our Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton news site will join the already popular TAPinto Stafford/LBI and TAPinto Barnegat/Waretown sites operated by member Pat Sharkey along with his talented daughters Kaitlyn Sharkey and Erin Coxen. This expands our Southern Ocean TAPinto News Network and increases our region’s visibility directly into consumer and visitors hands across the state and online everywhere. 
Look for our launch on July 20 and follow our new Facebook Page TAPinto Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton

Summer Beautiful Campaign Asks All To Be Part Of the Community By Helping to Take Care of It

The region’s chamber and The Sandpaper are working to engage visitors, residents and businesses to pitching in to keeping LBI Beautiful this summer with anti litter campaign launch the first week of July

The Covid19 pandemic had driven many to shore points before the season officially started. Now that Summer is here,  the Long Beach Island Region has been witnessing even heavier volumes of beach goers and sun seekers including many who have not visited the area previously. While families from the tri state area have cancelled trips that were further away, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has seen a dramatic increase in handing inquiries from last minute plans to rescheduled holiday recommendations. With extra requirements including Personal Protective Equipment, to go services and longer stays at vacation homes; there has been a call to action to remind everyone to do their part to help businesses and environmental organizations keep curb site trash cans covered, disposal of trash in proper containers and of course pack up and take away what was brought into public areas.

We are proud to join with The Sandpaper in helping to reach thousands through print and digital messaging, inviting everyone to be part of the solution, The first week of July launches Keep Summer Beautiful LBI Campaign in Sandpaper media and Southern Ocean Chamber messaging. This campaign was initiated by members who wanted to alert the community and visitors that we all have the responsibility of keeping the island and surrounding waters clean. The campaign will feature print Public Service Announcements, as well as social media, broadcast and digital reminders. As the campaign rolls out, there will be options for parents, businesses and patrons to learn and do more to make Summer Beautiful for everyone.

Celebrate Summer with Music and More!

Heading to the outdoors to socially distance and take in great entertainment is everyone’s new favorite past time. With new scheduling and rearranging this summer is shaping up to offer plenty of talent and ways to safely enjoy it. The Long Beach Island Region redefines beach culture through art and music; it is only fitting that the first things to fill the calendar back up is concerts, live performances and some classic films.

Keep in mind all events are weather dependant.

Welcome to the Drive in, this style of movie screening is bringing families back to the big screen and Barnegat Township has free movies beginning at 830pm at the Joseph T Donahue Elementary School – 200 Bengal Blvd, Barnegat. July 12 Grease, July 26 Frozen II and July 31 Lion King will help add to a great weekend.

Lacey Township Recreation will host a 730pm movie at Jones Field July 31

Live Concerts will have you singing the hits as Stafford Historical Society plan for great local artists to perform under the Gazebo every Monday now through August 31 at 7pm. COVID-19 Guidelines will be in place, so please bring your chairs and blanket. See the concert line up here.

Concerts featuring great acts such as the Impulsives, Facedown and Shorty Long are happening Monday night in Barnegat Light’s Bay Breeze Park on 7th and Bayview from 7 to 9pm running now through August 24. For everyone’s safety, the Borough reserves the right to limit the amount of people for each show. Wednesdays bring Concerts on the Green back to Beach Haven Veterans Memorial Park. Starting at 7pm, attendees are invited to bring a chair or spread a blanket and enjoy a free concert now through August 26. While on the island, look for Sundays @ 68th Beach Concerts from 1 to 3pm

Surflight Theatre also presents a concert line up in their big tent this summer , enjoy a variety of performances by checking out their website and purchasing tickets in advance.

Redefining Beach Culture Safely with our Museums, Art and Performances

Everyone is invited to spend the summer rediscovering the tremendous cultural assets that our region holds. For families coming to visit, the Passport to LBI is a customized itinerary of a collection of heritage and educational non profits located throughout the island. As museums reopen, plan a trip to the NJ Maritime Museum & Gift Shop which is open daily 10am to 4pm . Located in Beach Haven, the open space features exhibits preserving the state’s maritime history including shipwrecks, historic artifacts and memorabilia. Across town you will find the LBI Historical Museum and Whale Shop welcoming visitors Monday through Saturday from 11 to 2pm. Take their Historic District Walking Tour  on Tuesdays or Fridays at 10:00 am, for $10 per person which includes museum admission.

Explore the island through Reclam the Bay’s Clam Trail, with over 30 giant decorated clams, follow the fact plaques around the estuary and at local businesses and upload a clam selfie. While exploring, do not miss a chance to take a nature walk on the grounds of the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences located in Loveladies. Drop into their galleries and find out about classes or private lessons for all ages. In addition to the Passport, check out the big top as Surflight Theatre will be performing  Frozen 2 July 8-12 and Aug 5-9 as well as the Show Place Ice Cream parlor complete with singing waitri open 7 Days a week with select seating times. Take off for a quick ferry ride to the Tuckerton Seaport, by the Beach Haven Taylor Avenue dock, the LBI ferry runs a 45 minute  one way or round trip on Sat, Sun and Mondays. The Seaport also offers mid week Creek Tours and outdoor exploration at their site.

For information on Passport to LBI, the LBI Ferry and other spots that are inspired by our natural resources and local talent, click here.