Chamber Waterpark Networking Event Goes Swimmingly

Jun 27, 2018

Businesses were invited to make a literal splash at the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce After Hours event on Tuesday, June 19. The gathering was organized by the chamber in partnership with Jetty and Thundering Surf, and was held at the Beach Haven waterpark’s Flow House.

Attendees were encouraged to mingle amongst peers, partake in refreshments from Panzone’s and gawk at the park’s latest racer slide attraction – which, according to the chamber’s Business Outreach Coordinator Kate Krier, is now the third highest point on the Island. Height-fearing tourists beware ...

The chamber hosts networking events for regional businesses throughout the year, selecting venues that showcase local commerce and spark engagement with their unique features.

“It’s not your grandpa’s chamber anymore,” said Krier. “I haven’t been to many After Hours events where you can go on a FlowRider.”

Sure enough, the waterpark’s FlowRider was in full swing, a manufactured sheet wave daring guests to brave its simulated waters.

The gathering had over 50 RSVPs from members and nonmembers. Amongst those in attendance were digital marketers from Creative Click Media of Manahawkin, identical in their blue, branded shirts.

“Our team makes it a point to attend Southern Ocean Chamber’s events as often as we can,” said Creative Click Media founder Adam Binder. “These networking events provide a rare opportunity to connect and form relationships with business owners we might not have met otherwise, and hosting them at unique spaces like Thundering Surf’s Flow House serves as a reminder of just how diverse and eclectic our flourishing local business community has become over the last several years.”

With over 500 members, the SOCC continually creates networking opportunities for attendees to kindle new relationships and develop lasting partnerships that promise to benefit the local economy.

“The goal for these is really to bring all of the members together in our region,” said Krier. “One of the main purposes of our chamber is to spread awareness and advertise our region and promote tourism. It’s all about bringing people here.”

This wasn’t the first After Hours event for Alisa Molbert of Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty. As a Realtor, Molbert said she attends the networking events to experience the host venues for herself. Touring local businesses and obtaining a thorough knowledge of her community’s offerings allows her to make informed, productive recommendations to clients.

Molbert said she enjoys the social aspect of the SOCC gatherings as well. “You get to know a lot of the business owners so that when you go in their store or visit their restaurant you just know them. It’s just nice to see a friendly face. It’s a wonderful community. The chamber does such a great job of bringing everyone together.”

For upcoming summer After Hours events and additional information about the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, visit their website at

— Sarah Hodgson




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