Ocean City Block Party Table Sales Set for the Weekend

Ocean City Block Party Table Sales Set for the Weekend

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are throwing a party. “The Best of O.C.” will be on display for this weekend’s Ocean City Block Party Table Sales. The event will not include the outside crafters and vendors that highlight the traditional Spring Block Party, but store owners will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials.   The table sales will be open throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. The forecasts for the weekend call for sunny and warm weather, so it’s a great chance to get down to the shore and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.   In Ocean City’s own take on Groundhog Day, our crustacean mascot will seek his shadow on Martin Z. Mollusk Day (Saturday, May 8) to see... Read More

Table Sales and Sports Memorabilia Show Highlight Weekend in OCNJ

Table Sales and Sports Memorabilia Show Highlight Weekend in OCNJ

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are looking forward to outdoor table sales throughout the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. They will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials. They will set up again for the weekend of May 1 and 2, when they also will hold a Virtual Spring Block Party with online deals. Vendors with merchandise and collector’s items representing a variety of sports and teams will be on the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturday, April 24 for the annual Sports Memorabilia Show. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This modified event will be vendor-specific and will not include the autograph signings by sports heroes that fans have come to love in past events. Capacity limits, mask... Read More

Ocean City Gets Ready For Another Season

Ocean City Gets Ready For Another Season

The forecast for the weekend looks sunny, and Ocean City is gearing up for another great season. Boardwalk and downtown shops, amusements and restaurants are open. Discounted beach tags are on sale at locations throughout town, and the streets are coming back to life.   Ocean City Spring Block Party is keeping it local this year! Local Merchants in Downtown OCNJ and Ocean City Boardwalk will be having table sales Saturday & Sunday, April 24th & 25th and Saturday & Sunday May 1st & 2nd! Join us in our Block Party celebration and supporting our local merchants!   The Mr. Mature America Pageant had been tentatively scheduled for this weekend, and it’s not too early to start preparing for the rescheduled date on Sept. 12, 2021. This event celebrates the achievements of men 55... Read More

Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Prepare Your Application for the Emergency Assistance Grant Program Grants up to $20,000 are available for small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in these grants, you will need to pre-register between Monday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. If you do not pre-register, you will not be eligible for these grants. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday it will begin accepting applications in May for a number of the recently announced programs that are aimed at providing $85 million in grants to various types of small businesses. The programs include $25 million for microbusinesses (5 or fewer employees), $15 million for small businesses (6 to 50 employees), $10 million for child care... Read More

Restaurant Revitalization Act – Important Info

Restaurant Revitalization Act – Important Info

$28.6 Billion in Relief for Restaurant Industry American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”)—Restaurant Revitalization Act (“RRA”) Summary KEY Points •   A good deal of money is obtainable! •   Grants are non-taxable! •   All of your independent restaurants/beverage establishments will surely qualify! •   The ARPA provides $28.6 billion in grants designed to support the recovery of small and medium-sized food and beverage businesses. The grants will be awarded by the SBA (the federal Small Business Authority), and individual businesses are eligible to receive up to $5 million in grants, while businesses with up to 20 locations are eligible for a maximum of $10 million. •   The RRA grants are not treated as taxable gross income by the IRS. •   Eligible Entity— any restaurant is eligible if it’s consider a place where public or patrons can gather for the primary purpose of being served food... Read More

Easter Bunny to Tour Ocean City on Saturday

Easter Bunny to Tour Ocean City on Saturday

The Ocean City Fire Department will help the Easter Bunny greet children throughout Ocean City on Saturday, April 3. The Easter Bunny will ride atop a fire engine leaving from the station at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue at about 10 a.m. and finishing at City Hall on Asbury Avenue at about 12:30 p.m.   Anybody can see his planned route through town by clicking here. Families can track his progress in real time by downloading the official Ocean City Vacation app (look for the blue OCNJ icon). Anybody with the app will receive notifications with a link to a map that will follow the Easter Bunny’s trip through town.   Weekend events will continue Saturday afternoon (April 3) with the Great Egg Hunt. The traditional beach event moves up onto the boardwalk this... Read More

Ocean City Announces Events Schedule Through April

Ocean City Announces Events Schedule Through April

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/25/2021 Ocean City is planning to open the 2021 season with a number of safe events for families. “We’re looking forward to the return of as many events as possible this year, but health and safety will always be our top priority,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. “We may not be able to hold all of them, and some may look different. Every event that happens will fully comply with the most current public health guidelines.” As the recovery from the pandemic continues, look for further announcements on events throughout the year. The Great Egg Hunt (March 27): The traditional beach event moves up onto the boardwalk this year. Participating merchants will invite children up to age 7 to visit stores with their families to collect eggs filled... Read More

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This year we’ve had wins big and small for New Jersey restaurants. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund based @WeRRestaurant’s Blueprint for Recovery is the most important. Find out if your restaurant is eligible here: http://bit.ly/UnderstandingRRF   We’re committed to preparing all eligible restaurant owners to successfully apply for Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants. Sign up to get the latest information from @WeRRestaurants in your inbox: http://bit.ly/RestaurantsAct... Read More

Summer Work Exchange Programs Vital for Seasonal Tourism’s Recovery

Summer Work Exchange Programs Vital for Seasonal Tourism’s Recovery

Summer work exchange programs vital for seasonal tourism’s recovery, by Cape chambers of commerce Many of the businesses in Cape May County depend on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) exchange programs and could not operate without them. We live in an area with a high percentage of seasonal businesses and the available American workforce in the area is not sufficient to provide all of the local businesses with the staff that they need during the busiest times. The SWT program helps the businesses in the community keep their doors open and serve more Americans during the peak tourist season. As we come out of the pandemic and are given the thumbs up to increasingly open up our economies, we need to ensure that local businesses can operate to the capacity they are... Read More