Ship Bottom, NJ,
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Successful Shop Local Program Builds on Summer Savings

Implementing this Shop Local Program provides several benefits

The LBI Region Mobile Savings pass is one way the regional organization encourages local business support which creates jobs, increase revenues and strengthens the business community. 

Savings Pass

When Summer means business to hundreds of owner operated companies, a few short weeks can determine success for the year.  The Southern Ocean Chamber members have been welcoming summer tourism since 1914. The regional chamber  worked with stakeholders to introduce a free, mobile-exclusive savings passport to for residents and visitors in 2022 and has launched an updated version for this season. This pass shows the importance that small business has in the Long Beach Island, NJ  community with the hopes to introduce their offerings customers and encourage visitors to stay longer. This pass is similar to a free coupon book with the major difference being that it is delivered via text and email to passholders phones as part of the popular Eat, Drink & Buy LBI region campaign.

“There are many new residents and travelers to our area” says Lori Pepenella, CDME of Southern Ocean Chamber. “ This program is an easy introduction that builds economic development by attracting new business and demonstrates our strength as a community.” Whether the passholder is no tech, low tech, or high tech; all that is needed to redeem any offers is simply present the pass on their phone. With the successes of past promotions, consumers interested will register for free and receive a link that can be saved to the home screen of their phone.  Participating businesses will be updated on the pass offering coupons, giveaways or discount to passholders. There will also be options highlighting free attractions, military discounts and holiday season savings. If you are already registered, check back for new deals, to get the free pass will be available go to

A shop local program is a set of initiatives and policies aimed at promoting and supporting local businesses within the Southern Ocean community. This includes digital, broadcast and print campaigns to encourage residents as well as vacationers to shop at a small business. The Southern Ocean Chamber works with these businesses in many other ways businesses to expand or relocate within the community and other resources to help local businesses thrive.  Along with regional business recognition comes an improved quality of life for all by accessing a broader range of good and services, creating a sense of place and fostering more local involvement. 

The Southern Ocean Chamber operates a year round at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, contact them at 609 494 7211 or follow on social as @LBIregion @southernoceanchamber or on their weekly radio show/podcast the LBI Region Report on WBNJ FM