Southern Ocean Chamber Reports 2021 Was All About Outcomes

The Barnegat Lighthouse (Photo by Micromedia Publications)

  SHIP BOTTOM – The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce took time at their annual State of the Chamber to report continued efforts to move local business, consumer outreach and trusted resources to the forefront during a year that began with most locked down from COVID-19.

“The 2021 outcomes are a community success,” stated Southern Ocean Chamber President Jeremy DeFillippis, “it shows how the LBI Region businesses rallied to adjust to a better experience for all under unprecedented circumstances.”

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization that operates with no public funding, but through member dues, sponsorships and fundraising efforts such as Chowderfest, has continued to find solutions for the local economy since 1914.  The outcomes for 2021 show dedication on many levels, due to the difficulty many businesses had in overcoming pandemic challenges.

The chamber held 35 meetings and events, gathering over 1340 individual business representatives. The organization took part in 11 ribbon cuttings, received 22 sponsorships, and had 94 businesses participate in online and in person consumer shows such as the Virtual Wedding Road Show, which will be back in person this April 24.


The chamber also welcomed 65 new members during 2021.

  The chamber connected businesses with consumers including 3248 job seekers on their Southern Ocean Job Opps Board, 6642 visitor eNewsletter and business boost box subscribers, distributed 15k Land & Sea Guides locally, at travel shows, and across the state. Their mobile response efforts included the 2021 Chowder Trail which had 2,482 check-ins at local restaurants and 300 entries for the Shop Small Win Big Holiday Pass. The Chamber hosted 45 broadcasts of the LBI Region Report Radio Show, and reached thousands daily on their popular social platforms that includes @LBIregion and @southernoceanchamber.

  For more information on how to connect with the organization, upcoming programs such as their Winter Webinar Series and Women in Business go to or call 609-494-7211.