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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

Our Holiday Guide to the LBI Region Packs in A Season Worth of Celebrating

The 2020 Holidays are a long awaited finish to a very unusual year. It is time to find the things that bring comfort and joy to your harvest and holiday gatherings. With social distancing still in place throughout the Long Beach Island Region, there are several ways to shop small business and support local experts from meals, deals and activities.

The local experts that comprise the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce have put together recommendations filled with fall family events, December highlights, shopping, services and holiday meal options to take you from the start of the season into the new year. The guide will be updated to keep everyone in tune with the latest activities and choices available. Keep in mind that events this season are subject to change and to check directly with the business while finalizing your plans.

To find all you need for a day, or the entire season please go to online holiday guide located at : https://visitlbiregion.com/eat-drink-buy-lbi

Register for Shop Small Business Saturday and Buy LBI Region Campaigns

Small Business Week is the perfect time to start preparing for doing business this Holiday Season. 

Since 2010, our members have championed Shop Small Business Saturday and expanded it to include creative and exciting ways to drive business for the weekend and the rest of the year. 2020 Shop Small Saturday is another fantastic opportunity to promote what is happening at your location for the weekend of November 28. It is a way to connect with consumers that will help drive business from contracting services, helping with gift lists, subscriptions, future overnight stays, dining and catering.

In the past, we have used various promotions such as Holidays Redefined and Chocolate Week to raise awareness for our business community. We are putting all seasonal efforts under one branded campaign that will run continuously. The Buy LBI region campaign will kick off as part of Shop Small Saturday. Members can opt into campaigns with offers, specials, and opportunities to create customized content marketing. This will also tie into our boost box and our consumer newsletter. Please fill out form below to be included in our annual celebration.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Buy LBI Region Campaign Holiday Shop Small Kicks off with Freeholder Vicari on 11/11

Strategic planning, Ocean County Business updates, local holiday campaign kick off all part of an in person business event happening November 11.

Join us as we host Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari to discuss small business and Covid-19 recovery as well as announcements for holiday and 2021 strategies at The Mainland with breakfast check in beginning at 8am.

The presentation will feature an informative overview from Freeholder Vicari on small business and moving forward from the Covid-19 crisis. The region’s chamber will also present updates on Shop Small initiatives which is part of the new year round Eat, Drink & Buy LBI region campaign for all businesses to benefit. The chamber will be launching their online Holiday Guide and premiere the campaign’s kick off video. In honor of Veterans Day, there will be information packages available from Ocean County Veteran Service Bureau to distribute to the community.

The program includes keynote, staff served breakfast buffet and networking. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the private ballroom. The event will require masks unless seated and social distance practices will be in place. The cost is $25 per person. Advance registration and payment required by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber directly at 609.494.7211, emailing [email protected] or through this link

The Mainland Holiday is located at 151 Rt 72 North in Manahawkin with event check in beginning 8am with program starting approx 830am. Join the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 106th holiday season serving LBI Region businesses and their customers.

Information for Workplace Health Protocol Exec Order 192

This executive order requires both private and public employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces.  The Order mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5th, all employers, at minimum, require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others,  protocols also require employers to:
Provide approved sanitization materials to employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals; Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene; Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines; Conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, prior to each shift, consistent with CDC guidance; exclude sick employees from the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws. See complete order here:
https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-192.pdf

Building Resiliency In Families Working and Learning Together Webinar

Join the Cape May County Chamber on October 23 beginning at 10am for a free Zoom webinar “Building Resilience in Families Working and Learning Together”.

We’ve all been challenged this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With school beginning again, businesses and families are seeking to make sure that the needs of children, employees, and employers are all met. How can we find ways to work together and cope with stress in this new and changing environment?

In this session, Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight will present on how stress impacts us, how to build resiliency in children and families, and work-life balance. Then, a roundtable of business leaders will discuss their approach to accommodating remote work schedules, childcare needs, and fairness considerations for all employees. 

Limited space and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

NJEDA Announces $70 Million Phase 3 COVID-19 Grant Program

Recognizing the significant need for relief, the NJEDA anticipates Phase 3 of the Grant Program will be oversubscribed. To streamline the application process, the Authority is requiring all applicants to pre-register online. Applications will become available on a rolling basis following the pre-registration period. Pre-registered applicants will need to return to complete an application based on the following schedule:

• Restaurants – 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020
• Micro businesses – 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020
• All other businesses, excluding restaurants and micro businesses – 9:00 am on Monday, November 2, 2020

Applications for each category will be open for a period of one week will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition to the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, the NJEDA administers a variety of technical assistance and low-cost financing programs for small and mid-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19. More information about these programs and other State support is available at https://covid19.nj.gov

Fall Non Profit Forum Building Bridges to Inclusion

Join us and our partners at the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission to bring the latest initiative: Building Bridges Fostering Inclusion to the Long Beach Island Region. This virtual forum will be held on October 22 at 4pm via zoom. There is no cost to attend.

The Building Bridges program encourages institutions to develop inclusive programming that aims to explore the diverse tapestry of the American experience with a specific focus on New Jersey and/ or Ocean County history. “Building Bridges: Fostering Inclusion in Organizations” will provide professional development support to organizations committed to inclusion. This project will allow participants to continue to educate themselves in the strategies, conversations, and strategic thinking of a 21st century. All groups who receive grants from Ocean County Culture and Heritage will receive credits for attending.

The program’s facilitator, Cristen Piatnochka is a consultant for Ocean County Culture & Heritage will discuss project development, relationship building, and the importance of encouraging dialogue that applies to all non profits on how to reach out to and include diverse audiences and participation. Ms Piatnochka served as the Grants Program Officer for the NJ Historical Commission from 2013-2018 and holds a Masters of Arts from Monmouth University. For over a decade, the Southern Ocean Chamber have been providing the free nonprofit forums several times a year which bring together volunteer and staffed nonprofits to share ideas, calendars, and have generated collaborations that still continue. RSVP is requested to the Southern Ocean Chamber office at 609.494.7211 or email to [email protected] For more information, please go to www.visitLBIregion.com or follow on social @southernocean and @lbiregion. Thank you to sponsors Southern Ocean Chamber Association and Atlantic City Electric for helping to raise awareness of this event.

Haunted Happenings Around the Region

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce picks the top Halloween events to celebrate the spooky and spectacular within the Long Beach Island Region. It is time to clear the calendars and schedule in a harvest of unique October full moon fun. These event organizers have put safety protocols in place to align with COVID-19 precautions.

Fall Fireworks at Fantasy Island – October 10 at 8pm! Kick off the spookiest season of the year under a night sky lit with a colorful firework display. Fantasy Island Amusement Park ends the season with unlimited rides for $25 per rider.

Halloween Fun Fest – at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven *both dates are now at capacity*
Friday, October 9 from 5pm – 9pm and October 11 1pm to 4 pm Family festivities will include a costume contest*, trick-or-treat trail, monster mash dance party, face painting, pumpkin patch and more! The arcade and select rides and outdoor games will also be open. All guests who wish to participate in the costume contest will need to visit the registration table onsite at the park on October 19th between 1pm-3pm and register for the category they wish to compete in. The winners will be announced at 4pm and winners must be present to win. Select rides, outdoor games and arcade will be open at cost

Mini Fall Festival at Birdy’s Cafe & Artisan Market – October 17, 7am – 3pm Harvey Cedars.
$20 per person for a pumpkin and paint palette. Pumpkin painting,  S’mores bar, Specialty fall drinks menu, and Complimentary orange juice when you BYOB for brunch. Please call ahead to RSVP 609-661-1586.

Family Fallfest to support the Hunger Foundation – October 17 3 to 7pm – Eagleswood
Donations appreciated for this family friendly afternoon out with opportunities to create fall craft, pumpkin painting, play games, enjoy music and fire pit fables at Sundown located at Calloway’s Range Bar.

Boo”at Rides at the Tuckerton Seaport – October 17. 18. 19 & 24. 25. 26 Take a special Halloween themed family friendly boat ride along the Tuckerton Creek for a new non scary treat. Reservations are $12.50 per person and includes a one hour tour including Jersey Shore and Pineland lore, photo opps and goody bags for kids. Reservations are available on line at www.tuckertonseaport.org COVID 19 Masks and social distance protocols required.

Operation Halloween – Zombie Outbreak October 23 and 24 beginning after dark at the Citta Boy Scout Reservation Packed full of frights, this year will focus on a socially distanced scare fest hosted by Southern Ocean Rotary and the Jersey Shore Boy Scouts. Enjoy a fall evening walk through the haunted path through mazes of the scariest scenes in the Jersey Pine Barrens where plenty of screams await. Tickets are available for $15 on site. 7 pm to 10pm Brookville Road, Barnegat. Not suitable for young children

LBI Museum’s Annual Ghost Fest & Haunted Museum Saturday October 24 Beach Haven From crafts to local legends, do not miss this family fun day to support the LBI Historical Society. Even the Jersey Devil will be there for a 3pm appearance!

Undeadly Trail at Gille Park in Lacey – October 24 & 25 – This drive thru trail will go from silly to spooky to get you in the true Halloween spirit. The cost is $12 per carload with pre ordered timeslots between 6pm to 10pm. Trail is recommended for 8 and up, for more information on volunteering or purchasing tickets contact Lacey Township Recreation 609 693 1100 ext 2203

Ship Bottom Borough Hall – October 30 – Trick or Treat through Borough Hall from 130-m – 430pm. Trick or Treaters will enter the front door and exit through the back. 1621 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom

Trunk or Treats happening!

Saturday, October 24 – Rancocas Veterinary Associates from 11am – 2pm

Saturday, October 24 – Surf City Volunteer Fire Company from 4-7pm (raindate 10/25 – same time). Pre-registration and a ticket will be required for this year’s event. Limited tickets available – click here to register.

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play brings on the suspense at Surflight Theatre October 24, 30 & 31 7:30pm shows. Take it to the edge of your seat inside the Surflight Auditorium for a triple feature and all the creepy feels that a “Good Evening” with Alfred Hitchcock can bring to get you ready for Halloween. Spies, murder and other 1940s broadcast with the Lodger, Sabotages and the 39 Steps. Tickets are available for purchase for $29.50 pp by going directly to the theatre box office https://www.surflight.org/box-office

Halloween Afternoon Nature Walk at Cloverdale Farm County Park in Barnegat. Join Park staff for a walk among the bogs and forests for approximately 1 mile, dress for the weather. Meet at Pavilion at Clover date on Saturday October 31 for 2 to 3pm hike for ages 9 to adult. Free with maximum of 8 people

Halloween Ice Cream Costume Party at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven on October 31 at 1pm. Take the little ghosts and ghouls for some Halloween fun with music, singing and costumed characters on the Showplace Patio with socially distanced table seating. Singing characters will entertain you while enjoying ice cream treats! Tickets are $15 per person to benefit Surflight’s Education Fund. Contact Box office to purchase.