Two Cape May conferences for your calendar

    Earlier this week, I wrote about how fall is the shore’s golden season. It’s also the time when residents and business owners can take a breath and focus on things other than appealing to thousands of visitors.

    One more thing they have time for: conferences.

    Cape May has two this fall that are worth a look.

    The first is the Greater Cape May Chamber of Commerce’s Social Media Day on September 17. It’s an event geared at small businesses, focusing on things like email marketing and how to use things like Twitter and Facebook for marketing purposes. Best part? It’s free. Getting South Jersey Shore towns to embrace social media has been like knocking on the door of that house on Halloween where you know the occupants are home but just don’t want to share any candy. Cape May is an exception, so they’re a good group to put on a day of events.

    The second “Recreation and Re-creation,” is a TEDx Cape May event held on October 21. The focus is on the creative minds that transformed parts of the Jersey Shore that others had abandoned into the gorgeous spots they are today. The lineup is fantastic: anything with Curtis Bashaw (Cape Resorts Group), Jack Wright (Exit Zero) and Jack Morey (Moreys Piers) is going to be fascinating. I’m bummed that I’ll miss it because of the Atlantic City Marathon. Don’t count on these being about tourism only talks – I’ve interviewed many of the event’s speakers, and their verve for transformation and self-challenge and risk taking in all aspects of life is infectious. It’ll be worth the $50 fee. 

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