Chamber, Freeholder Promote ‘Shop Small’ and Other Initiatives

Meeting OF MINDS: Southern Ocean Chamber personnel and board members welcome Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (fourth from suitable) as visitor speaker at a COVID-conscious in-person meeting Nov. 11 at The Mainland Holiday getaway Inn. Talking of ‘holiday,’ seasonal promoting options were just one topic discussed. (Picture by Ryan Morrill)
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce held an in-man or woman meeting Nov. 11 at The Mainland Vacation Inn, introducing holiday break marketing plans and showcasing a countywide seem towards 2021 with keynote speaker Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, the longest-serving freeholder in the condition.
On the internet is wherever a lot promoting rings out this season. “Eat Consume Invest in LBI Region” is a new 12 months-round campaign that will get its get started at the holidays.
“The 2020 holidays are a extended-awaited complete to a really strange calendar year. It is time to locate the matters that bring consolation and joy to your harvest and holiday break gatherings. With social distancing even now in area all through the Very long Seaside Island Region, there are numerous methods to store small enterprise and guidance local specialists from foods, deals and pursuits,” chamber organizers declared.
On the web site, the chamber has put collectively recommendations loaded with tumble spouse and children gatherings, December highlights, procuring, services and holiday food alternatives. The guide is at
Shop Tiny Saturday on Nov. 28 is a beneficial profits working day to firms even additional in this uncommon yr. It receives its have web site on the visitlbiregion site with listings despatched in by chamber users. They spotlight distinctive promotions and reward concepts. Businesses were being urged to be part of in this internet marketing opportunity by making contact with the chamber on the net or at 609-494-7211.
Quickly to be witnessed on the web-site is an invigorating new winter season/holiday break video that longtime locals, new owners, potential vacationers and businesspeople alike can be awed by. Chamber assembly attendees got a to start with look at its seize of the LBI Region’s distinctive chill thrills, from the creators of the “Just Beneath the Surface” sequence.
It was also announced that the Condition of the Chamber, at 8:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 13, will aspect economist Joel Naroff in the calendar year-launching party sponsored by Orsted, the ocean wind energy firm.
Freeholder Vicari, who with his peers will be titled a “commissioner” starting Jan. 1 less than new plan, is the advocate for consumer tourism on the board, a trigger that he stated “goes hand-in-hand with all the things we do.” Pursuing grants for small companies has been just one priority this calendar year. Ninety-eight per cent of the organizations in the county are smaller companies, he explained.
The county retains a inhabitants of 600,000 people today year ’round and 1.3 million in the summer season.
“We’re the major county in the point out of New Jersey,” he included. “Why? Barnegat Bay. Of the 915 overall sq. miles, 289 are just water. Which is why Barnegat Bay is so critical to us that’s why the h2o field is so essential to us.”
To “create chance for our men and women, all forms of opportunity” is the explanation the educator/school administrator initially ran for freeholder lots of a long time ago, he said. Just re-elected, in January 2021 he will mark 40 decades as an Ocean County freeholder.
Vicari outlined the latest and coming initiatives for a variety of age groups and economic sectors. “Of all 3,100 counties in America, we have been the very first county to say that Social Security gains have been not enough. You simply cannot give seniors that are living on $1,500 a thirty day period just 1.3 per cent give them at the very least 3 percent (improve),” he stated.
“Most of our seniors are no more time 65, 70, 80 several years previous, but 90, 95, 100, and they just can not dwell on $1,500 for every thirty day period.” Vicari went on to say that from the county’s senior citizens, money is returned to the economic climate. “Three billon bucks a calendar year just in Social Protection arrives to Ocean County. They spend that cash, and always locally.”
He functions intently with Ocean County’s Workforce Expense Board to make sure training and education and learning is offered to enable men and women qualify for job options. “Ocean Works” will be an initiative through his following phrase that will be comprehensive in coming press releases. And by means of Ocean County College and the Ocean County Vocational Technological School, “we practice men and women for jobs not just in 2020 but for 2025,” which includes opportunities in technological know-how and in the higher-paying trades that provide the growing populace picking out to live right here. A qualified workforce is crucial, he stated.
Between other factors, Vicari praised the resilience of commerce this past year, and remarked that alternatively of the amount of unemployment added benefits that in some cases de-incentivized going back again to perform, much more dollars “should have been specified to the tiny enterprises.” Amid pandemic outcomes and limitations, it has been estimated that as numerous as 30 per cent of smaller businesses “are in risk of not opening up next calendar year.”
“I can tell you that in all of my years, this has been the most demanding. That is why we rely on facts from the chambers of commerce, the neighborhood small business teams.”
— Maria Scandale

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