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Commissioner Sadeghi Welcomes in Southern Ocean Chamber's 110th year

Ocean County's newest Commissioner will be presenting at January 16 Mainland Breakfast event


The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce invites those doing business in and around the region for their 110th Annual Chamber Breakfast at the Mainland in Manahawkin.  Traditionally, the area's largest business meeting of the year, attendees will be hearing the latest updates, learning more about one of the state's fastest growing industries and network over a full breakfast on Tuesday January 16, 2024.  Invited speakers include  Ocean County  Commissioner Frank Sadeghi, who was recently sworn in to a three year term. He will share updates and projections regarding county wide initiatives, and will be joined by Ocean County Business & Tourism Director Sandra Lazzaro.  The program will also provide  details of the financial benefits of on location film projects  from Elizabeth Parchment, Director of Marketing  of the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission which falls under the New Jersey Department of State’s Business Action Center.  Representatives from Stafford Township will be recognizing the achievement and the importance to the start of their 110th anniversary. 

 With overall in-state production spending from filmmaking exceeding  $650 million dollars in the past year, there are many local small businesses that could benefit. The NJ Film industry created over 8500 jobs in 2022 with more expected as major studios are opening throughout the state.  The Commission is looking for a wide array of residential, commercial, municipal and state properties that might attract a producer’s attention – from  marinas, warehouses to condos, neighborhood eating spots to historic landmarks, newly built homes to rustic farm houses – all properties are valuable in attracting productions to our region.  Attendees will learn how incentives as well as Film Ready programs that have recently launched with much success to regional economies. 

Founded in 1914, the regional chamber has provided continued service to area businesses, residents and visitors. The Chamber will also welcome in the 2024 board of directors, including the new slate of  officers President Jerry Thompson, The Van Dyk Group, Vice President Elizabeth Giglio Barlow, GMC, Second Vice President Carol Holmes, HVI, and Treasurer Andrea Driscoll  of The Sandpaper.  Lori Pepenella, CEO will be updating membership on opportunities and events. This much anticipated event will begin check in at 815am, with program starting at 845. It will feature networking, program, coffee station, juices, breakfast buffet including applewood bacon, maple sausage, scrambled eggs, housemade waffles, assortment of bagels, pastries, fresh fruit and home fries.  The fee is $35 per person with RSVP to the Southern Ocean Chamber office by contacting or calling 609.494.7211