Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
February 18, 2016
Chamber Welcomes New Chairman 

2016 Chairman of the Board MEET YOUR 2016 CHAIRMAN MITS ARAYAMA
2016 Chairman of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and owner of  Minuteman Press, Mits Arayama, has been a longstanding leader in the Dana Point business community. He has been on the chamber board for over 6 years, serving as treasurer, secretary, and as an ambassador. In 2010 his peers, within the chamber of commerce, elected Minuteman Press as Business of the Year and Mits as Ambassador of the Year.
Prior to coming to Dana Point, Mits worked for 30 years at Nissin, a Japanese food manufacturing company. He worked his way from Marketing Director to CEO of the company.  During his tenure, he was responsible for bringing Top Ramen noodles to America!  If that wasn't enough, he brought the frozen burrito to the United States too. Fun fact, during this time he was affectionately known as Mr. Noodle and Mr. Burrito.
After 35 years of saving thousands of college students from starving to death, Mits retired from Nissin. Ten years ago, Mits acquired Minuteman Press and he chose to move to Dana Point because of how much he loves the area. He now runs the franchise with his son Simon and Simon's girlfriend MaryAnn.
Mits has been married to his wife Hisa for 42 years and they have two children together, Melanie and Simon. In his spare time, Mits is an avid fisherman with wonderful fishing stories.
Mits is both a thoughtful and effective leader who will continue the strong, successful legacy established by previous Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Chairs.  Be sure to attend one of our chamber events this year to welcome Mits.

Chamber Celebrates 2015 Winners 


 
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2015 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: JACK'S RESTAURANT & BAR


A Brooklyn, NY native, Jack has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. He was raised in a family who ...  ( Learn More )



CONGRATULATIONS TO 2015 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: 
TERRY WALSH


Terry has volunteered countless hours to the Dana Point Community. He has served as
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 2015 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: 
JUDY BRANDMEIER


This year's winner has been a longtime Chamber member and Ambassador. This past year she went above and beyond by... 


Paid Sick Leave Law Continues to Trouble Employers Wanting to Comply
Over a one-month span, CalChamber experts conducted nine seminars, speaking with hundreds of employers throughout the state. One topic that dominated every seminar was questions surrounding California's mandatory paid sick leave law, which took effect last year and required employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) to their employees beginning July 1, 2015.   (More)


New Member Spotlight: 
American Restoration Company LLC


Welcome a new member to the Chamber!  The American Restoration Company has been proudly saving and protecting homes and commercial structures ... (Learn More)



Welcome New Members

Join Us For Upcoming Networking Events
 
FEBRUARY 
Third Thursday Mixer: Luna Grill


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
32525 Golden Lantern, Suite E
Dana Point, CA 92629


 



MARCH 
Networking at Noon




MARCH
Third Thursday Mixer



Networking @ Noon:
Boneyard Beach Cafe
March 3, 2016
1:30 AM - 1:00 PM

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive,
Dana Point, CA 92629

Third Thursday Mixer:
St. Regis
March 17, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

One Monarch Beach Resort,
Dana Point, CA 92629






Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events

Wednesday Mar 2, 2016
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Categories: Festivals & Celebrations, Community, Chamber Of Commerce, Business Events
 






Networking at Noon
Thursday Mar 3, 2016
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Categories: Chamber Of Commerce
 








Saturday Mar 5, 2016:  Parade & Street Fair!
Sunday Mar 6, 2016
Saturday Mar 12, 2016
Sunday Mar 13, 2016
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Categories: Festivals & Celebrations, Community

BOOTHS STILL AVAILABLE:    &  
Saturday Mar 5, 2016
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Categories: Festivals & Celebrations, Community

Saturday Mar 5, 2016
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Categories: Member Events, Business Events
Thank You to our 2016 Chairman Circle Sponsors








    

If you are interested in supporting our business community, join the Dana Point Chairman's Circle! Please contact Heather Johnston for more information.

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