Cape May County Chamber of Commerce





E-News
June 16, 2014
In This Issue
June 19th Business Meeting
Annual Dinner Committee
Prosperity Through Diversity
Action Alert! J-1 Visa Program Under Threat
Tourism Numbers
After Hours Mixer: June 23rd, Splash Zone
Turtle Crossing: Diamondback Terrapin Nesting Season
Annual Golf Classic 2014
Here's Your Chance
NEW! "In The KNOW"
June Business Meeting
South Jersey Industries presents "Ask Your Energy Provider Day" with guest speakers Tammy Garrison, South Jersey Energy, Mike Dougherty, Broadley's MDI and Dan Sperazza, South Jersey Gas.
 
Meeting Info

Wildwood Golf & Country Club
June 19, 2014
Member: $24.00 | Non-Member: $35.00
Check-In: 11:30am  |  Program: 12 Noon
Starter: Fresh Fruit Salad
Entre´┐Ż Selection
- Turkey Club - Oriental Chicken Salad -
Dessert: Marble Cake
Sponsored By:

Annual Dinner Committee
It's Planning Time! 

 

It is that time of year again! Time to begin planning for the 2014 Annual Dinner.  

Co-chairs for this year's Planning Committee are Cheryl Wachter (Cape Bank), Sue White (Hub International), and Mary Stewart (M.A.C). If you are interested in joining the committee again, please contact Brigitta Scott with your interest.  

 

 

 

Prosperity Through Diversity
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act     

 

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of passing the Civil Rights Act, The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host special guest speaker John Harmon. Harmon is President and CEO of the New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for this inspiring lunch seminar on the importance of promoting leadership, education and inclusion for all business.

Event Info 

Avalon Links Restaurant
June 26, 2014
Check-In: 11:30am  |  Program: 12 Noon
 
Sponsored by:  
 




 
Action Alert
J-1 Visa Program Under Threat 

 

The Summer Work Travel Program (J-1 Visa International Student) is under serious threat of being eliminated.  This program is vitally important to all of New Jersey for the success of our tourism industry.  Whether or not your business employs Summer Work Travel students, without this program in place which provides tourism destinations with employees to supplement the local work force, our tourism economy will be negatively affected.   

 You can help save this program by contacting New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee as well as Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Ed Royce who are the chairs of the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees respectively. These committees are currently reviewing H.R. 4586, the Fraudulent Overseas Recruiting and Trafficking Elimination Act of 2014 (aka FORTE Act). Let them know that including the J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), and specifically the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, in such anti-trafficking initiatives is unnecessary.

It is VERY important that you act today as this legislation could be called up at any time.

Tourism Numbers
CMC Tourism Numbers Compared with the rest of New Jersey    

   

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Cape May County's tourism industry is a $5.508 billion dollar industry and provides over 25,000 jobs contributing to over 68% of total employmenbt in the county. Additionally, Cape May County's tourism industry is second only to Atlantic County in generating local and state tax revenue.

 

The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce is among the state's strongest advocates for the tourism industry and many of the organizations' programs are directly related to tourism advocacy, promotion, and funding.

 

Overall, New Jersey saw growth of 1.3% in 2013 over 2012 and tourism remains the third largest industry in New Jersey with over a $40 billion economic impact on the state.  This graph shows tourism numbers for the rest of New Jersey.
 
 Throughout the state, tourism provides 320,238 jobs and sustains more than 522,750 jobs including direct and indirect jobs.

After Hours Mixer
Don't Miss This Summer Mixer!!!  

 

Come out for this fun opportunity to  build your network of contacts at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce networking mixer! Connect with friends & colleagues or join us to meet CMC Chamber new members in an informal atmosphere.

 

Bring plenty of business cards to build your professional contact network and to create new business relationships!

 

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar available.   

 

Event Info

Splash Zone Waterpark
June 23, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sponsored by:


   

Turtle Crossing!
Diamond Back Terrapin Nesting Season

 

Watch for Diamondback Terrapincrossing local roadways on their way to or from high ground, where they lay eggs. Turtle fencing has been placed in many areas to prevent turtles from being struck by vehicles. If you should come across a turtle and wish to assist it, help it cross in the direction it was going. If you should find hatchling turtles, place them under vegetation in the nearest marsh, but not in the water. Please-be aware of your own safety on the road if attempting to help a turtle!
Annual Golf Classic
FORE!

 

Are you ready? It's that time again, The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Golf Classic! This year's event will be held at the Stone Harbor Golf Club a par 72, 6,922 yard course which features five sets of tees, water hazards on eleven of the eighteen holes and 58 bunkers.

Come enjoy an exciting afternoon of golf! 18 Holes, Contests, Networking, Food & Beverage Stations and Prizes! There's something for everyone.

 

Event Info

 

Stone Harbor Golf Club
September 18, 2014
11:30 Check-In  |  12 Noon Shotgun Start
Sponsorships Available!

Here's Your Chance
Promote Your Summer Adventure   

 

The Cape May County Chamber has been promoting the Jersey Cape area with a Call To Action ad campaign entitled "Find Your Summer Adventure Here". This is your chance to promote the summer adventures your business offers on our Jersey Cape Vacation Guide website.

Tells us why vacationers and locals alike should visit your business for some summer fun. Suggestions for topics include amusement rides, golf, fishing, water sports, dining, wine tasting, craft beer, nature tourism, hidden gems, biking, exercise while on vacation, and renting a property at the shore. Send John Kelly a brief description and photo (optional) of an activity that would attract our visitors to your business for inclusion in our headliners feature.*

* The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to edit submissions.
NEW! "In The KNOW"
  • The Chamber staff has been meeting with the Strategic Planning Committee since early May. A strategic proposal should be ready to present to the Executive Committee by early July.   
  • Vicki continues a grassroots collaboration effort with local, state and national tourism destinations to save the Summer Work Travel Program.
  • John is working with the Membership Committee to supply them with support materials and talking points to relay to soon to be members.  And reminds members to login to the Member Info Center to complete the website profile and submit hot deals to members and visitors.  
  • Chris has been engaging our visitor community by increasing the amount of social media outreach for the summer season.   
  • Brigitta met with the Golf Committee last week to further plan the details of this year's Annual Golf Classic. Check out this year's course and get more info at www.capemaycountychamber.com/golf    
Contact Us
Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
13 Crest Haven Rd | P.O. Box 74
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
P: (609) 465-7181   F: (609) 465-5017
W: www.CapeMayCountyChamber.com

The mission of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of the business community by promoting tourism and economic development through legislative advocacy, marketing services, networking opportunities and educational programs for member businesses.