BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Wednesday night local businesses throughout Southern Ocean County came to Panzone's Pizza and Pasta in Beach Haven to network with one another in preparation for the 2017 summer season. 

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce hosts this event each year to help businesses mix and mingle with fellow members, as well as meet and engage with the chamber's board and staff members. 

The Southern Ocean Chamber has provided a century of service to our area. Their year round operations include a visitor center, educational and business focused programs, consumer and business to business events, monthly membership luncheons, after hour networking as well as statewide and national representation at business and tourism events. 

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Events like the one that took place last night is just a little taste in what the chamber offers their members and the LBI Region's businesses.

The evening began with a beautiful display of appetizers along with wonderful music by local artist, Sahara Moon. 

Lori A. Pepenella, the Chief Executive Officer of the chamber, thanked everyone in attendance and wished all a successful season. Pepenella also introduced Jill Elsasser, President of the chamber and owner of Panzone's Pizza and Pasta.

Elsasser said: "I just want to thank you for being here and I wish everyone luck for the summer season. It's finally here, we're ready for a busy summer for all of us to make some money and go back into hibernation again." 

Panzone's provided a delicious dinner to all attendees and the night was complete with more networking and music by Sahara Moon. 

Some businesses that were in attendance include:

  • JDM Andrews
  • Smallcakes LBI
  • Coral Seas Oceanfront Motel
  • Van Dyk Group
  • Anderson Insurance Agency
  • Jetty
  • Spice It Up
  • Brookdale Stafford
  • Malcom Burton Architect 
  • Barlow GMC
  • Country Kettle
  • Southern Hunger Foundation
  • Reynolds
  • TD Bank
  • David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation
  • Tuckerton Seaport
  • LED Mobile Billboard
  • Volatile Media
  • TAPinto Stafford/LBI Online News
  • Surflight Theatre

For more information on the chamber and for future events go to