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

Eat Drink Buy LBI Region on Shop Small Saturday November 28

Support area merchants and restaurants by shopping locally in the LBI Region. Explore special promotions offered for Shop Small Saturday and throughout the Holiday Season!

November 28

Atlantic Shore Pines Campgound – Purchase a $100 Gift Certificate and receive an additional $20 Gift Certificate Free! Saturday, November 28th only! Call us at (609) 296-9163 to get yours!

Buckalew’s Restaurant & Tavern – Get an extra $10 gift card for every $50 card you buy! This promotion lasts until Christmas eve, but it’s always nice to get your holiday shopping done early!

Bywatyr Shop – Open Black Friday 10-4. 15% off all regular price framed art in stock. Large selection stained glass and unique gifts. Gift cards are available. Shipping is also available.

Farias Surf & Sport – Extended hours on Black Friday 9am – 6pm. Shop apparel, surf gear, skateboards, bikes, and other accessories

Five 0 Six Boutique – Extended hours on Black Friday 9am – 6pm.

Fourchette LBI – stocked up with gourmet food and cheeses; as well as beautiful linens, picnic baskets, candles, and home decor. Friday hours 11am – 5pm

Jenna Jane’s Jewelry – Black Friday weekend we will be open Friday through Monday. Exciting sales and gift with purchase promotion. www.jennajanesjewelry.com

Rancocas Veterinary Associates – Stop by and check out our new pet shop on Black Friday (11/27) and receive 20% OFF your purchase. The shop will be open from 9am-6pm. (This sale excludes prescription diets and is valid only for items in the pet shop)

Reynold’s Small Business Saturday Sale – 10% off for small business Saturday.  Offering outdoor check out this year to help with separation.  People will be able to purchase trees, wreaths, greens, and grave blankets outside.

Simply Hair and Nails Manahawkin – Special Bumble & Bumble 20% off for this day only! Mention “Small Business Saturday” to get the discount! Shop through their line of hair care products and pick up your gift cards good for salon services: men’s hot shaves, cut & colors, manis & pedis! Perfect stocking stuffers for that hard to buy someone!

SBA To Host Two Webinars For Small Businesses in December

Register for these these free webinars by tapping the links below.

The NJSBDC at Stockton University, the NJSBDC at Rutgers University, Camden and the United States Small Business Administration NJ District Office present:

Meet The Lenders: Financing Your Future
DATE: December 9, 2020
TIME: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Seminar is presented Online Only
To register for this free seminar, click on this link: https://clients.njsbdc.com/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=32400040

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Loan Forgiveness, Information and Process
Presented by Sheryl L. Paynter, Lead Lender Relations Specialist & Lead Economic Development Specialist, United States SBA New Jersey District Office
DATE: December 11, 2020
TIME: 9 am to 10:30 am
Seminar is presented Online Only
To register for this free seminar, click on this link: https://clients.njsbdc.com/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=32400041

Southern Ocean Chamber Recognized for Assisting Area Businesses

The Board of Directors and Staff of Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was recognized by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their unshakable commitment to the business community of the Long Beach Island Region. Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari, who chairs Ocean County Tourism & Business Development presented the certificate at the chamber’s November 11 meeting at the Mainland, Manahawkin.

Our 106 year chamber and members were honored for rising to the challenges of 2020, especially those of small business. The certificate cites that the chamber developed a host of meaningful and beneficial programs, never losing hope and always displaying resilience during these difficult times.

Plans for 2021 are underway to continue to provide resources and consumer outreach for area businesses and non profit organizations. The Annual State of the Chamber is set for January 13 featuring renowned economist Joel Naroff. Please look for information regarding details of this and other important business programs.

Photo Credit Ryan Morrill, The SandPaper

Unwrapping Plans for Dec 5 Ship Bottom Christmas Parade


Join us and ring in the holiday season with a 41 year tradition, the Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade. The event will take place on Saturday December 5 stepping off at 1pm along Long Beach Blvd from 5th to 25th Streets.  The Borough of Ship Bottom and their volunteer Christmas Parade Committee has made adjustments to reflect the COVID-19 guidelines of keeping parade participants and spectators safe.

Due to the pandemic, organizers would like to remind you that the parade could be cancelled up to the morning of the December 5. Other adjustments include a new location for the judging stand at 19th Street. Parade goers are to practice social distancing along the route. Restrooms will be provided at Borough Hall and Grace Calvary Church. For those who wish to view at home, broadcast of the event will be on SNN Cable Channel 21 or online at snntv21.com to stream live.

Department of Parks & Recreation Councilmen Edward English, Peter Rossi and Robert Butkus, along with the Parade Committee, announced the theme of the 2020 parade will be “Home for the Holidays” with Ship Bottom post office cancellation stamp for Santa letters. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Southern Regional Superintendent Craig Henry. The Sponsors to date include Owen, Little & Associates, Inc, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and The Sandpaper. Best overall trophy as well as cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place or best theme for family and individual entry. There is no fee to enter a homemade float or vehicle. To find out more, contact 609 494 2171 or to register please go to https://shipbottom.srsd.net/registration

2020 NJ Conference on Tourism Goes Virtual Dec 2 & 3

The state’s annual tourism conference will be held online December 2 & 3 this year due to COVID19 restrictions. The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association, the statewide organization that represents members that make up every aspect of New Jersey’s $38 Billion tourism sector, announces its distinguished and exciting line up for the annual New Jersey Conference on Tourism happening online Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 3. The organizers have packed in a series of sessions, speakers and networking opportunities that will give insight and understanding to move forward in 2021.

Keynote speakers include invited guests Governor of NJ Phil Murphy and the Honorable Tahesha Way, Secretary of State along with breakout sessions scheduled over the course of two days. The sessions will cover Tourism Economics, Self Help Tourism Industry Recovery, Working with Social Media Influencers, Bus Travel in a Mask, Seven Ways in Which Tourism Advertising has Changed Forever, The Future of Air Travel, Becoming Covid Certified to Make A Movie in Your Town, Strategies for building an inclusive Tourism Organization, Covid Best Practices 2020, Using your digital platform in a Crisis, as well as legislative updates.

NJTIA,  their Conference committee and Sponsors have  focused on the most up to date information on marketing, communications and surviving the COVID19 era. In addition to presentations there will also be a Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Reception with a gift. Understanding the challenges the tourism industry has experienced, the price of the 2020 Conference has been reduced to $50 per person.

The LBI Region will be represented as Southern Ocean County CEO, Lori Pepenella joins in a keynote session on Wednesday December 3 regarding COVID Best Practices. The session panel features Tom Consentino of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Peggy Kelly Director of Hudson County Tourism Marketing. The panel discusses the unprecedented year and the few examples of destination marketing that was able to gain positive nationwide attention.

Registration for the 2020 annual conference can be found at https://www.njtia.org/events/nj-conference-on-tourism/ .

Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Applications available Tuesday Nov 17

Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Applications are available Tuesday, Nov 17th. The Ocean County Freeholders, in partnership with the NJ Redevelopment Authority, are offering a free webinar to discuss this opportunity, eligibility and how to apply. JOIN THE WEBINAR on Monday, Nov 16th,11am with this link: https://bit.ly/njraoceancountywebinar

Grant awards up to $30,000 for Ocean County small business RENTAL ASSISTANCE are on a first come first serve basis. OCEAN COUNTY BUSINESSES ONLY. More info at www.NJRA.us.

NJEDA Launches Phase 2 of PPE Access Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced today that it will launch Phase 2 of the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. At that time, New Jersey-based small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 100 or fewer employees will be able to apply to receive 25 percent discounts on purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) from NJEDA-approved vendors. More information is available at https://covid19.nj.gov/ppeaccess.  

Local Experts for Every Season Highlighted in our Buy LBI Region Year Round

Long Beach Island Region is filled with more than memorable moments. The local professionals, small and micro businesses provide a tremendous resource that makes time here even more valuable. Since 1914, our chamber has represented the regional business community from Lacey, Waretown, Barnegat, Stafford, Eagleswood, Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor on the mainland and all of Long Beach Island, which includes Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Ship Bottom and Long Beach Township, showcasing opportunities to work with locals from sourcing products to their professional expertise.

The Buy LBI Region campaign can always be found on this website in the Local Knowledge section of this site. The chamber complies hundreds of deals each year from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mother’s Day dining lists, Boost Box Subscription offers, Shop Small Saturday activities and other seasonal promotions to shout support for member businesses. The ease of searching deals directly in the Expedia style member profiles will easy connection for online or in person business. It all kicks off with the Holiday Guide, which can be found here: https://visitlbiregion.com/eat-drink-buy-lbi

Look for the Eat Drink & Buy LBI Region logos for info regarding every aspect of our coastal lifestyle. Shopping and supporting the LBI Region business community brings the best resource for authentic products and recommended routines whether it is  improving your home, enhancing your vacation, tuning up your business, protecting your investments to prioritizing wellness. It’s finding the right choices from the best floral or gardening tips, landing the best insurance to  locating the right bank or financial solutions. Life happens and brings with it needs for auto sales and maintenance, home repairs, renovations, pet services, legal services, real estate advice and business solution tools. If you are looking for who is open for holiday meals, private catering, someone to talk boats, marina slips or water sports, spa and salon treatments, best brunch, happy hour, entertainment or instructional classes, look no further. You will find the dedication and passion in our list of experts.

From fisherman to farmer, specialty shop to licensed professional; it all starts with finding deals, tips and time saving talent. Follow the Buy LBI Region campaign for monthly spotlights focusing on that local knowledge that we are excited to share.

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.