Compass Newsletter
DECEMBER 6, 2017
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
Chamber Events
Join us for lunch the first Thursday of every month 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, December 7th
The Point Restaurant & Bar
34085 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

To become a host of a Networking at Noon Luncheon or Third Thursday Mixer, or to donate a raffle prize, please contact  Ashley von Gremp or call the Chamber at (949) 496-1555.
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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.  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 below to claim your spot for this month!

Donate a toy for a Military Child! Bring a toy for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Toy Drive and receive a raffle ticket.

Thursday, December 14th
 Laguna Cliffs Marriot
VUE Restaurant
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

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

Join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce as we honor our outgoing chair, Kim Tilly, and welcome our incoming chair, Jay Styles, at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner.

We will also be inducting our 2018 Board of Directors and presenting the awards for the 2017 Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

Tickets are available online until 11:55pm on Friday, January 19th. Please note that there will be no tickets available at the door - you must make your reservation ahead of time.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:00pm Check-in and no host cocktail reception
6:30pm Program Begins
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629

Please contact Ashley von Gremp at (949) 496-1555 or for more information
2017 Business of the Year & 
Citizen of the Year Awards
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is  seeking nominations for the 2017 Business of the Year & Citizen of the Year . Please submit all nominations to the Chamber no later than January 8, 2018.
Any current member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce may make a nomination.  Nomination forms will be submitted and committee members will select a winner.  The winner will be honored at the Chamber's Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner at the Monarch Beach Resort on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Questions? Contact the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce at 949.496.1555 or send us an email.
Chamber News

Let us know your favorite places and events in Dana Point!  For the 10th year, Dana Point Times is hosting the Best of Dana Point for residents to let us know the their favorite parts of our beautiful city!

Voting closes on Sunday, December 10th at midnight.

Vote for the Dana Point Turkey Trot for Best Local Annual Event for the 4th year in a row!

During the Prado West construction, Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado shops, restaurants, and businesses are open!

Visit the Development Pipeline site for updates on development in Dana Point, or give us a call at the Chamber at (949) 496-1555 with any questions.
Upcoming Member Events
Superhero Holiday Boat Parade

BOOM, POW, WOW ....The holidays are just around the corner, and we are gearing up for a "SUPER HERO HOLIDAY" with the 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights, December 8, 9, 15 & 16.
  • Family Fun Festivities 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Restaurants & Shops Area
  • Boat Parade | 7:30 p.m. | Water's Edge
  • Trolley Service | 3:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • SANTA PAWS PHOTOS: Saturday, Dec. 2 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Bring your dog to get a photo with Santa | El Torito Courtyard
  • MERRY MOVIE NIGHT "ELF" Saturday, Dec. 2 | Festivities begin at 3 p.m., movie begins at 5 p.m.

Baby Beach

  • BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA Saturday Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec 3 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dana Wharf Sportfi shing and Whale Watching
  • SANTA PHOTOS Friday & Saturday Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa - FREE

It's time to create some holiday magic for our Marine families! Santa will be visiting the Regiment for their holiday party on December 17 and we hope his workshop will be filled with toys for the small children and lots of gift cards for our teens, single Marines and families.
Here's how you can help:

We know Santa never disappoints! We hope his workshop will be filled with toys for the small children and lots of gift cards for our Marines and families again this year. Purchase a toy for a Marine child and drop it off at any of our ten Holiday Magic locations.  Here are the local Drop Off Locations for goodies:
  • Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point
  • Dana Point Chamber Office, 34163 Pacific Coast Highway #100, Dana Point
  • Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street Dana Point
  • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point
  • Harbor Grill, 34499 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point Harbor
  • Jacks, 24462 Del Prado, Dana Point
  • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point
  • Luxe, 24582 Del Prado, Dana Point
Holiday Big Band Concert at Saddleback College

Jazz Studies at Saddleback College is pleased to present its traditional holiday show on Saturday, December 9th at 6:30 pm, in the McKinney Theatre. The Saddleback Big Band, under the direction of Joey Sellers, presents their Holiday Jazz Concert. This fun concert features unique arrangements of holiday favorites, and it's a wonderful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the great American music called jazz. This lively concert for the whole family features a sing-along, some humor, and a special gift for the first 150 folks in the theatre.
Tickets are $10 presale, or $15 at the door.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order your tickets online at
historical society
Dana Point Historical Society Holiday Reception

The Dana Point Historical Society cordially invites you a holiday reception on Sunday, December 10, from 2-5 p.m. at the Society's museum, Dana Point City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 104.

We will have our annual slide show featuring pictures from this year's events and programs.

Please be sure to join us for this afternoon of holiday cheer and friendship as we reminisce about our successes over the past year!
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett's Holiday Open House

Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Vice-Chair Andrew Do, and Supervisor Todd Spitzer will also open their offices for a holiday reception. Visit each office for delicious refreshments and festive conversation. 

December 14, 2018 2:00pm-4:00pm
Hall of Administration, Fifth Floor
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

RSVP to Tanya Flink at

Breakfast with Santa

Join us for some holiday fun this season. Hand deliver your Christmas list to Santa before he heads back to the North Pole. Make your reservations now - space is limited.
December 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | Vue Restaurant


For more information or to make reservations by phone, please call the Concierge at 949-487-7577.

Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday December 7th Networking at Noon

Friday December 8th 43rd Annual Boat Parade

Saturday December 9th Farmers Market

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Thursday December 14th Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer

South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Friday December 15th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Saturday December 16th Farmers Market

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Saturday December 23rd Farmers Market

Sunday December 24th-
Monday January 1st
Dana Point City Hall Closed

Dana Point Chamber Office Closed

Chamber Seeks Hosts for Networking Events

Looking to get more people through your doors? We are searching for hosts for 2018 Networking at Noon and Third Thursday Mixers. Hosting an event allows you to promote your company/venue to business leaders in Orange County. It is a fantastic networking opportunity and is a great way to showcase your services first-hand to fellow Chamber members.
Donating a raffle prize is also a great way to market your business. When you donate to our Third Thursday Mixer raffle, you will have your logo, linked to your website, featured in our e-blasts!
For more information on hosting an event or donating a raffle prize, please send us an email or call (949) 496-1555
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.
The Chamber is Here to Help!
The Chamber wants to know what you're up to!  We market your business through our website, social media, e-newsletters, phone calls, in-person visits, brochures and flyers.  Update your online profile with upcoming events, hot deals, member-to-member discounts, and more!  If you need help, or simply don't have time, send us your information and the Chamber will do it for you!   
We want to know what you're up to!

-Like us on Facebook and Instagram

-Tag us in your posts and share to our page

-Send us upcoming events, promotions, sales, discounts, etc. 

-Share your "big moments" with us (anniversary, awards & recognition, etc.)

Email Ashley von Gremp your information! 
REMINDER:  The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will be closed from December 25th - January 1st for the Christmas Holidays

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

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