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Women in Business Roundtable Jan. 31
By MARIA SCANDALE | Jan 11, 2017

The new year 2017 rings in the start of many new programs for the 103-year-old Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, leaders say. The first event was soon to be underway at press time, the Jan. 12 “Meet  Opportunity NJ,” featuring Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Bracken and Siekerka are co-chairs of Opportunity NJ.

Among the earliest on the calendar is the Women in Business Roundtable on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m., bringing businesswomen together for coffee and conversation. The roundtable will be held at Universal Cabinetry Design, a chamber member, at 2500 Long Beach Blvd. in Ship Bottom, and is the first of similar monthly get-togethers.

Chamber Chief Executive Officer Lori Pepenella said, “Starting the year off with making new connections should be a must for women doing business in the Long Beach Island Region. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled monthly roundtables hosted in women-owned or -operated businesses for the next several months as part of their 2020 Vision strategic plan.”

The networking event is free of charge, but those planning to attend should RSVP to the chamber office (see below.)

“The purpose of these meetings is to strengthen the opportunities for women doing business in our community,” Pepenella said. “It is an informal way to build relationships and create a support system for women in any chapter of their career.”

January’s topic will be “Organization Tips for Women Who Wear Many Hats,” and will have information regarding business tools available from the Ocean County Library.

Coffee will be served.

To RSVP, contact the Southern Ocean Chamber at 609-494-7211, stop into its commerce center at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom, or go to the website

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Wedding Road Show

On the Map

For those taking the marital plunge, the cold of winter is not the wrong time to dive into planning. The date is set for the LBI Wedding Road Show April 23, so that is news for both vendors and visitors.

The LBI Wedding Road Show is a special day of one-on-one interaction with the LBI Region’s top event specialists. Couples and their entourages can tour and taste their way through the area’s premier venues filled with photographers, caterers, florists, stylists, designers, music providers and more.

Visit to register for the free wedding showcase.

The event is presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce with support from the NJ Division of Travel & Tourism.

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‘Walk to Washington’

With NJ Chamber

Last year’s Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner arranged by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce attracted 900 business executives, a dozen members of the state congressional delegation, over 40 state legislators, and 40 local and national media outlets. This year on Feb. 16 and 17, the event is on again, for the 80th time.

The NJ Chamber’s famous chartered Amtrak train will leave for Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning, Feb. 16.

The reception and congressional dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington will take place that evening. The train will return to New Jersey on Friday morning, Feb. 17, after a Reporters’ Round Table.

The event cost  is $599. For more information, see the web page at

Deadline to register is Feb. 3. Register by contacting Danielle Norcross, Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, at 732-349-0220 or

“With New Jersey poised to elect a new governor in 2017, we expect the walk will generate a tremendous turnout and be a tremendously energetic event,” Norcross said.

Attendees will find out how the race for governor and control of the state Legislature is shaping up and what it may mean for their business.

Additionally, “the train ride and receptions plus the congressional dinner are perfect places to make new connections and meet other businesses looking for the products and services you offer,” organizers said.

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