How Couples Cope When Running a Business Together

Southern Ocean Chamber hosts Second Annual Forum for Family Business
Aug 29, 2018

To make business succeed on a daily basis is a process – how are collaborative couples coping?

Join the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Sept. 12 to hear how couples share the rewards and challenges of building and running a business together.

The meeting will be held at the Mainland Holiday Inn in Manahawkin, with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. Cost of the breakfast meeting is $25 with RSVP or $30 at the door.

Small Business Administration family business specialists will also be on hand to explain new lending programs.

The panel of local business couples includes Charlie and Chelsea Kulp of Shore Brake Cyclery, a full-service bicycle repair, sales and rental shop in Brant Beach. Also on the panel are Jennifer and Ted Saropoulos of Lefty’s Tavern and Restaurant in Barnegat. Lefty’s is the defending Chowderfest Grand Champion in the Manhattan category.

To be talked about: the decision to open a business; balancing responsibilities of home and work; the importance of role clarity; and extending personalities into the culture of the business.

Stockton University Professor John Boyle will lead the discussion. Boyle, who holds an MBA, is a certified public accountant who teaches accounting and taxation. He also has years of experience serving family businesses in the private sector.

The event will also be a resource for those looking to start or expand their business, as the SBA will have family business lending specialists available before and after the program to assist with questions and financial needs.

“The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce partnered with Stockton University when it launched its Founded in Family Program in 2017 as part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan. This is the first business program in the state created to enhance the family business dynamic,” said Lori Pepenella, chief executive officer of the Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

“The goal of the program was to allow family businesses to advance in planning stages, encourage new business and provide a platform for family legacies to be shared.”

In addition to the forum, Founded in Family programming offers workshops and feature articles sharing local family business stories.

Advance registration is recommended, as this is a popular program. To RSVP, call the chamber at 609-494-7211, or email, or stop in at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom.  —M.S.

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