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Local Firm Offering Free Promotional Videos to Business Owners (And Helping First Responders, Too)

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The Shore area’s small business owners have been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with many worried that closures and social distancing will last into the busy summer season.

One local firm had an idea to help: create free marketing videos for their fellow small business owners, while in exchange asking for a meal to be donated to those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

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Wingman Planning, a longtime member of the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce, is behind the videos.

“I was watching companies all around us struggle and turn to layoffs and realized that we could help these businesses spread the word about what services they were offering to their customers,” said Tom Mirabella, the company’s owner. “Shane Kelley, our photographer, Chelsea Ryan, Chief Operating Officer and I decided to try offering a free video to businesses, using social distancing and taking the precautions of gloves and masks and, in return for this video, we asked the business to give a meal or meals to first responders and employees on the front line.”

The team adopted the #supporttheshore hashtag on social media and began crafting the videos in support of local businesses.

Four weeks later, the program has grown in popularity and the Wingman staff is producing between 10 and 15 videos per week.

“We have publicized the offer on Facebook and recently ran contests to encourage people to refer other businesses for a chance to win a $100 gift card from a local Jersey shore restaurant,” Mirabella said.

Businesses interested in participating in the program can visit the firm’s website at http://wingmanplanning.com or call 732-539-5980.

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So far, participating businesses have included:

A Need we Feed (Toms River) – serving 1,000 meals a week to Ocean and south Monmouth county residents in need, including vets and children. https://www.aneedwefeed.org

Petey’s U.S. Subs (Point Pleasant)  – offering a free sub – The St Mary’s Sub – to anyone in need. https://peteysussubs.com

BCauses (Manasquan)  – helping companies sell gift cards online with 10% to the non-profit of the consumer’s choice. https://www.b-causes.com

Golden Eagle Fishing (Belmar) – every wed afternoon, offering health care workers and their families a free trip on the boat. https://www.goldeneaglefishing.com

Brandl Restaurant  – Belmar

Joey D’s Pizza – Brick & Toms River

Rivs TR Hub – Toms River

Cara Realtors – Brick

Home Care Assistance Jersey Shore  – Brick

Brick Chamber of Commerce – Brick

River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar – Brick

Furry Friends  – Brick

Conti Fit – Brick

502 Baking Company  – Brick

Davids Culinary Delights – Brick

Cordis Gourmet – Brick

Oakwood Point Pizza – Point Pleasant

Pampered Spirit Wellness Center  – Point Pleasant

Frutta Bowls, – Wall Township

Pats Little Deli – Brielle

Barter Pays  – Howell

NextHome Force Realty Partners – Red Bank

Casa Plumbing  – Cream Ridge

Old Glory – Keyport

McDonoughs – Keyport

Lenora Cafe – Keyport

Aders Tavern Union Beach

Drifthouse by David Burke –  Sea Bright

Ocean Mental Health Services – Bayville

Party Time  – Morganville

CK Baseball  – Morganville

Pure Maintenance – Spring Lake

Gorlin Pools & Spas  – Lakehurst

Fratellos – Sea Girt

Preferred Powerwashing – Lakewood

Shooboo Trolley Shuttle Co – Manasquan

Garrow Wellness Center – Sea Girt

Shore Luxury Limos – Manasquan

Assured Mortgage Bank – Manasquan

Anytime Fitness – Point Pleasant

Sandler Sales Training – Wall Township