STAFFORD - The State of the Chamber is the most anticipated business event of the year, bringing together local business leadership to start the year with the information that will help them chart a successful course throughout 2018. The event will take place at The Mainland Holiday Inn 151 Rt 72 E Manahawkin with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. Members will have an opportunity to hear Economic Information as well as Visitor Profile Analysis.

With all the changes on a federal and state level, attendees can expect to benefit from the expertise of keynote speaker Joel Naroff, Phd will provide. This nationally recognized economic forecaster is back by popular demand to address the membership on the current and future business climate in New Jersey, U.S and on a global level.

An accomplished public speaker, Joel's humor and unique ability to make economics understandable have bought him a wide following. Joel is often quoted in the national press, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and Business Week. Internationally, British, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Brazilian and Chilean news agencies quote his materials. He appears frequently on CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg Television. In addition, he has been on ABC's The World News Tonight, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Wall Street Journal Report, BNN in Canada, Money Matters TV and local television stations throughout the Northeast. Joel does business commentary for KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia and can be heard often on the national news radio networks.

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The chamber will also present Dr. Brian Tyrrell from Stockton University who will explain and examine the 2017 Visitor Profile Study that contracted by the business organization that was taken at various locations in the region this past summer. The breakdown will provide how to best market and tailor services based on the findings for both island and mainland. Tyrrell  graduated from the doctoral program in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional and Tourism Management at Purdue University. He is a tenured Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies in the School of Business at Stockton University. Dr. Tyrrell served as the president of the Faculty Senate for two years, as well as a councilman for Galloway Township. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will announce their 2018 business and promotion calendar for upcoming events.

In addition to the dynamic programming, networking and breakfast will be provided at a cost of $40 per person with an RSVP to Southern Ocean County Chamber Commerce. For more information on registering the event or becoming a member in 2018, please call 609 494 7211 , go to, stop into visitor center at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom or follow on social @southern ocean chamber or @LBIregion. The Chamber is open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm.