Chamber’s ‘Doing Business Then and Now’ Includes Virtual Realty Now

By MARIA SCANDALE | May 01, 2019
Source: Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce

Manahawkin — In celebration of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce’s 105th anniversary, the May 8 breakfast meeting during Small Business Week looks at “Doing Business Then and Now.”

“Then” features the debut of a 105th anniversary video, and “now” covers so much, including a virtual reality experience.

The meeting will be held at The Mainland Holiday Inn, Manahawkin, starting with registration at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $25 with RSVP.

The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce invites all doing business in the region to attend the meeting to celebrate both Small Business Week and National Tourism Week.

Featured presenters for “Doing Business in Southern Ocean County Then and Now” will be Timothy Hart, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission director, with Dana Lancellotti, director of Ocean County Business Development and Tourism.

In honor of the regional business organization’s 105th milestone year, Hart will talk about the history of business spanning occurrences from the early 20th century to current times.

“This entertaining take on doing business locally will provide an insightful as well as nostalgic look our collective achievements,” noted Lori Pepenella, chief executive officer of the chamber.

Lancellotti will present the latest in marketing as she showcases the virtual reality tool that the county uses during travel shows and expos to engage potential travelers.

The virtual reality project was created in partnership with Ocean County Tourism and Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce through a NJ Division of Travel and Tourism 2018 destination marketing grant and developed by Oak Leaf Media.

“To capture some of the joys and beauties of our county, we used an 8k VR camera called the insta360pro,” explained Brendon Walsh of Oak Leaf Media. “The footage from the camera is edited in a similar way as digital video files; however, the computer allows us to spin around the virtual environment and choose the angle that the viewer sees.”

Attendees will have a chance to experience this marketing tool, as well as see the debut of the “Thrive in 105” video that was created as part of the “Just Beneath the Surface” video series.

The May 8 meeting at The Mainland Holiday Inn begins at 8:15 a.m.

The meeting in the “Innovate & Caffeinate” format includes breakfast buffet and networking plus the program. RSVP to the chamber by calling 609-494-7211, emailing to, or stopping at the visitor center at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom.

— Maria Scandale

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