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‘All About You’ Is First Barnegat-Waretown Chamber Meeting at Greenbrier

By MARIA SCANDALE | Mar 17, 2016
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Greenbriar Oceanaire Golf and Country Club in Waretown was a spectacular venue for the first meeting of the Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce on March 10. The chamber, newly expanded to welcome Waretown into its community of Barnegat businesses, did something else new and different: an “All About You” networking that gave businesspeople a chance to star in their own “video business card.” Bill Clanton’s WWN Interactive filmed and edited the videos.

Business owners such as Randy Campoli, of NJ Logowear on McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin, spotlighted their business in a 30- to 60-second spot that will be used on the chamber’s website. Those who were filmed could also use the production’s YouTube link to add the video to their own social media.

“What’s good about a video is you can actually tell more about the business than reading about it,” said Campoli, a new member of the chamber. “They can tell your personality and your energy, instead of just reading that we’re a screen printing company and we also do this and we do that.” (See NJ Logowear’s Facebook page for photos of school varsity jackets, fire company and EMS logos and other jobs recently completed.)

Chamber President Jerry Thompson, of the Van Dyk Group, welcomed chamber members into the luxury resort community’s ballroom for the event. The chamber has about 125 members and expects to see that number grow through its new footprint and new events.

Hosting the dinner buffet in the Touch of Elegance Grand Ballroom was Chef Joe Dringus, whom many already knew as owner of Sweet Jenny’s in Barnegat and Touch of Elegance Catering. Dringus now operates Maggie’s Restaurant at Greenbrier Oceanaire, and the catering service for the facility.

The restaurant is private for residents, their families, friends and guests. However, open to the public are many options at the facility’s stunning clubhouse for banquets, weddings, bridal showers and meetings. Dringus led a tour including banquet rooms and conference space upstairs and downstairs, and, of course, the grand ballroom. Contact Greenbriar for details.

Along with the variety of professional service businesses, store owners and tradesmen in the chamber, also attending were representatives from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Ocean County Chapter. SCORE offers free business mentoring, seminars and more (see the website

SCORE counselor Mike Pappas, a Barnegat resident, is retired after 35 years in the securities industry finance division. In 2003, he opened his own small payroll consulting practice.

As a SCORE counselor, he is featured on a show on WBNJ-91.9 FM radio, “Score Business Points.” It airs at 8 a.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. Sundays. Advice on various topics related to small business includes securing a loan, creating a business plan, successful marketing, customer service, families in business, time management and others.

Some of the meeting attendees said this was their first visit to Greenbriar, sited in the gated community off Wells Mills Road.

“I have a lot of friends here,” Crossroads Realty Realtor-Associate Michele Portale said of the Greenbriar community. “It’s amazing here, and they love it. A lot of them are coming from up north because it’s a quieter lifestyle. It’s got two golf courses, and it’s got the fancy stuff if you want it, but it still has that quiet serenity.”

She said home buyers notice that the newer adult communities and retail sites such as the Town Center anchored by the ShopRite are bringing new choices for living in Ocean Township alongside the traditional landscape.

A Skipper’s Cove resident, Portale sees other buyers who feel there’s no place like the waterfront. She said the town has been like “a little fishing village” that some people didn’t know was there, and once they see it, “they fall in love with it.”

For more information about the Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce, see their Facebook page, and the website

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