O.C. Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 100th Anniversary

O.C. Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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Members of the 100th Anniversary Committee include, from left, Patrick McMahon, Janet Galante, former Mayor Roy Gillian, Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian and Patrick Halliday. (Photo courtesy Chamber of Commerce)

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its 100th Anniversary Celebration, which will be held on Friday, May 8, at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

Members of the Chamber are busy planning the event. Committee members include former Mayor Roy Gillian.

The Chamber of Commerce has many accomplishments over the past 100 years.

The organization was formed from the Board of Trade in 1920. In February 1920, the Delaware and Atlantic Telegraph Company met with the Board of Trade and offered the use of the second floor of the Massey and Edwards building, at Eighth and Wesley, to establish an Information and Publicity Bureau.

“Ocean City Chamber of Commerce – Bureau of Information” was placed on the door at the entrance of the building.

On April 24, 1920, the Chamber Emblem Committee recommended the following as the official emblem of the Chamber: “The emblem, a circle within a circle, the upper half reading “America’s Greatest Family Resort” and the lower “Chamber of Commerce,” across the center on two lines “Ocean City, New Jersey.”

Over the years, the Chamber has grown into an organization that has become a leader in marketing the Ocean City area and an advocate for the business community.

The membership is comprised of small independent businesses and organizations that offer Ocean City visitors and residents a variety of products and services.

Now more than 535 members strong, the growth of the Chamber has been remarkable.

The Chamber is also a supporter of key community events and its partnership with the city has been in place since the inception.

It continues to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” in many of the same traditional ways such as print advertising and trade shows.

The strength of the Chamber’s reputation has been built on being a leader in the community.

For more information on the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the 100th anniversary, contact info@oceancitychamber.com or call 609-399-1412.