Compass Newsletter
JUNE 22, 2017
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
Chamber Events

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Learn how to:
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Join us at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Offices
Wednesday June 28th 12:00pm-1:00pm

Bring your lunch and learn great tips for your business! Drinks and chips will be provided by the Chamber.

Space is limited! Call (949) 496-1555 or e-mail Ashley von Gremp to RSVP.

Join us for lunch and promote your business to fellow Chamber members and prospective members. Build bridges in your local community while generating new business leads and supporting the greatest Chamber - Dana Point!

Networking at Noon is hosted by a different Dana Point Chamber member venue each month.  Our generous hosts use this opportunity to "wow" our Chamber members and guests.  Your admission fee includes the luncheon, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity.

For maximized networking, please arrive at 11:30am.  Lunch will be served promptly at noon.  Throughout the luncheon, each business representative is given the opportunity to stand and present their 30-second elevator pitch to the group.  Come prepared to take the stage!

Didn't get a chance to work the entire room?  No worries!  We hold a door prize raffle and collect all attendees' business cards upon arrival. After the event, we scan them and email the spreadsheet to all Chamber members who attended the luncheon. 

Thursday July 13th 11:30am-1:00pm
The Brig Restaurant
34461 Golden Lantern Street
Dana Point, CA 92629 

To become a host of a Networking at Noon Luncheon or Third Thursday Mixer, please contact  Ashley von Gremp  or call the Chamber at (949) 496-1555.

Located in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is celebrating its 40th year!  Our flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble.  Join us on Thanksgiving Day and give yourself an excuse for an extra piece of pie!

November 23, 2017 at 6:00AM to 12:00PM
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, California

Early Bird Pricing Available Until September 30th

Meet Our New Members

Want to parasail off Doheny State Beach? You've come to the right place!     We're located in Dana Point Harbor right off the 5 freeway and Pacific Coast Highway.

NFT Body Science are exclusive personal training clubs developed over 15 years. We are a growing chain committed to our proprietary NFT Systems which fill a void in the industry- the need for personalized functional medicine solutions to treat and prevent health conditions of the mind and body.

With the intention of bringing quality living and personalized care to South Orange County seniors, San Clemente Villas owners  Paul and Aileen Brazeau built this bustling retirement community from the ground up in 2002.  No expense was spared in creating their vision-which includes an 85˚ heated pool, on-site fitness center, beauty salon and movie theater, among its many amenities.

When it comes to saving time and gas, AIM Mail Centers offer you a one-stop shop to get all these business services done under one roof:  notary public service, private mailbox rental, shipping and mailing supplies, fax sending and receiving, copying, color printing, laminating, office supplies, and of course shipping anything from a piece of paper to an ocean container. 

Finding a honest and reliable house cleaner can be difficult. Here at Betty Miller's Cleaning Service we employ only the highest quality maids and house cleaners you can find. Our staff consist of men and women who have gone through extensive cleaning training and exude the type of attitude we look for. Our number one goal is to bring excellence to every single house cleaning job that we perform.
Chamber News
Construction on the much anticipated Prado West, developed by Raintree Partners, will create 109 residences and nearly 27,000 SF of new restaurants, shops and public courtyard space.  The project is located between Del Prado and Pacific Coast Highway at Amber Lantern and Violet Lantern.  Raintree Partners will be providing the latest updates on construction disturbances to the Lantern District, including roadways that may be impacted.  To receive construction updates from Raintree Partners, please click here and subscribe to their email list.
For more information about Prado West please visit their website at, or call Raintree Partners at (949) 238-8082.  
Visit the Development Pipeline website to stay up to date on projects in Dana Point. View the status, size, location, and much more on all projects happening within our city. 
The Dana Point Trolley service will begin on June 9th, and run through Labor Day. This is a free daily service, with the trolley arriving at each stop every 15 minutes. 

Click here to view trolley map  and search Dana Point Trolley in the app store on your phone to download the Trolley Tracker! Please call Transit Info at (949) 248-3554 if you have any questions.
The City of Dana Point has produced a complimentary calendar for the citizens and visitors since 1998. It contains information concerning City special events, meetings, community gatherings, holidays and Capo Unified School District scheduling.  For the 2018 calendar the images will consist of modern shots of our beautiful City and we are reaching out to the community to capture those images.
From Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) to Labor Day (September 4, 2017), the City will be collecting images of our town to be considered for next year's calendar. If you are interested in submitting a photo for consideration, please post them on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #picturedanapoint and tag @cityofdanapoint; for those without social media, please email your submission to . If your image is selected for the calendar, we will contact you for an original high resolution version of the image.  Submission of photos will give the City permission to use the image in future promotional materials, including the City newsletter. Any image used in a City publication will be given proper photo credit.
For more information on the photo contest or the annual calendar, please contact the City of Dana Point at 949-248-3553.

Upcoming Member Events

Please join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for a Ribbon Cutting celebration at Optivest, Inc. on Wednesday, June 28th at 2:30PM. 

24901 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Suite 200
Dana Point, CA 92629
Located in the Dana Marina Plaza

Bella Collina is excited to honor our active duty men and women in uniform by thanking them with a complimentary day of golf on the 4th Thursday of each month. The offer applies to Police, Military and Fire Personnel and tee time reservations are required in advance. 
  • June 29, 2017
For golf tee times, please contact the golf shop at: (949) 498-3771.  Offer based on a first come, first served basis and valid I.D. is required at check-in.

12th Annual Live/Silent Auction Festivities Benefiting Easter Seals Southern California

Easter Seals Southern California DreamMakers
Invites the Public to the 12th Annual Live/Silent Auction.  Highlights include: Live Music, Silent Auction & Dollar-A-Dip Buffet, Music by Acoustics For Change (a nonprofit providing music instruments to youth). 

Dana Point Harbor (by Baby Beach)
Dana Cove Room, 34451 Ensenada Place
Saturday, July 15 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Admission is Free Beach Attire OK
For more information: (949) 584-1117

An after hours mixer for members and non-members is hosted at a different Dana Point Chamber member venue every third Thursday of the month. This month we will be joining with the Chambers of Commerce from Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano!

Join us at 5:30pm for drinks (2 drink tickets with admission), light appetizers and the opportunity to network with citizens and businesses in our strong Dana Point community.

Work the room to promote yourself, generate new business leads and build relationships with other Dana Point professionals.  Purchase raffle tickets at the event to be entered for wonderful prizes donated by our Chamber members.

Help us promote this worthwhile event by inviting a local business owner- and bring friends!  Click the Register Now button below to claim your spot for this month!

Thursday July 20th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort Rd
Dana Point, Ca 92629 

To become a host of a Networking at Noon Luncheon or Third Thursday Mixer, please contact  Ashley von Gremp  or call the Chamber at (949) 496-1555.

Join us for a fun mixer to meet your local legislators! Enjoy cocktails and karaoke as well as a chance to meet business owners from all over Orange County.
Wednesday  July 26th
Registration: 5:00pm
Program & Karaoke: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Sammy's Original
23221 Lake Center Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Edward Jones

This summer's FREE seminar series is designed for the beginner to intermediate investor, with an emphasis on helping investors develop an informed and strategic investment philosophy. Seating limited to 25.
Thursday's on "The Commodore's Patio" From 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Dana Point Yacht Club
24399 Dana Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Please call Geoff Fellows at (949) 499-4028 with any questions. 
Community News & Events
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Chamber of Commerce  Scholarship Fund

The Dana Point Chamber members are committed to continued education, not just for current business owners but also for future entrepreneurs.  That's why we've created scholarships for Dana Hills High School students.

Over the past three years we have donated $19,000 to Dana Hills High School students and next year we'd like to support even more students and we need your help! Help us reach our goal of  $5,000 to help five students! Pledge a donation to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for the Dana Hills High School Awards Program. Awards are presented at the Dana Hills High School Senior Awards ceremony.

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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