Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
May 11, 2017
Chamber Events

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.  This month's raffle prizes donated by:

Elaine LaVine

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

Mahe Restaurant
24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr
(949) 240-6243

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 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. Member Price: $18; Non-Member Price: $22.

Thursday June 1st, 11:30am-1:00pm
Boneyard Beach Cafe
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(Doheny State Beach)

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.

Meet Our New Members

Lupe's story begins back in 2012 when they opened their first location in San Diego California. Founders and Owners, Luis and Angelica Gonzalez had a vision to offer a new concept in Mexican cuisine: a taste of traditional Michoacán dishes mixed in with Baja Style seafood topped with a modern culinary influence served in a fast casual restaurant.  Lupe's has been able to perfect their menu selections and expand to multiple cities in Southern California with locations in San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Dana Point. 

We invite all Carnivores, Mexican Food Lovers, Vegetarians, or just hungry Foodies to stop by and check us out.

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Rosen Law Offices is made up of a small team of skilled legal professionals that work collaboratively to resolve cases. We believe in working closely with clients to create a strong relationship and make them feel confident about our handling of their case.

Our firm was founded by Dana Point personal injury attorney  Stephen N. Rosen. After more than 7 years working as an injury defense counselor, Mr. Rosen saw the enormous impact these cases had on the victims' lives and decided to rededicate his career to helping injury victims.

Our goal is help people through this trying time in any way that we can. At Rosen Law Offices, our lead attorney personally meets with every client and is directly involved in their case. Injuries are no small matter to the victim, and you deserve to know that your attorney is taking the case as seriously as they do.

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The founders of Customer Lifeline have over ten years of marketing experience and have helped over 50,000 small businesses grow their local online marketing to get new customers. Customer Lifeline is committed to helping small businesses grow. Small businesses are the lifeblood of every economy. 

Small business owners have a never ending to-do list.  Customers are the lifeline of every business.  Small businesses need simple, effective, affordable tools to help grow their business.  Customer Lifeline focuses on providing the best tools so you can stay connected with  your customers, gain new customers and we can partner to grow your business together.

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Bronzed Bunny is a chic, elegant and very old Hollywood Organic Tanning Spa. They make our own airbrush tanning solution. INDULGE Tanning Solution is organic, paraben-free, anti-aging and cellulite fighting. Our custom airbrush provides a flawless, even, sheer coverage that is odorless and won't leave you sticky and orange. This experience will change your mind about spray tanning forever!

Bronzed Bunny also offers an amazing Sugar Spa. Sugaring is a natural alternative to waxing. This heat-free hair removal method is quick and painless! Our Sugar Spa also includes slimming body wraps, bikini facials, body scrubs and much, much more.

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Chamber News
Deadline to reserve advertising space for the July publication date is Friday, June 2nd. 
A digital version will also be downloadable at www.danapointtimes.com and www.danapointchamber.com all year long!

**Chamber Members will receive a 25% discount!
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Quite a few news reports discuss recent employee walkouts across the country in protest of federal policies, such as the recent "Day Without Immigrants" protests.

Employers are obviously concerned about how these protests might affect their business operations and what they should do. Employers want to be able to ensure productivity and maintain attendance policies. The situation can be tough to navigate.

Despite these legitimate concerns, employers should exercise caution before taking disciplinary action against an employee who fails to show up to work because of a protest. In some, but not all, circumstances, the employee's behavior may be legally protected.

On March 27th,  the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved  new regulations relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State's office and are effective on July 1, 2017. 
Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.

As  previously reported, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed these criminal history regulations last year.
In addition to reiterating existing prohibitions on the use of criminal history information in California, the regulations require employers to demonstrate that any criminal history information sought is job-related and consistent with a business necessity.

Upcoming Member Events

Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, this week of events serves to champion the power of our industry. Travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy.

This year's theme shines a spotlight on the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people who keep this industry strong: the  Faces of Travel. This industry supports the livelihoods of more than 15 million Americans, whose careers have blossomed. And it is one place where the right things matter most: reliability, hustle and attitude. These are the people who help others connect because hospitality runs in their DNA, fueling the travel industry's continued success. These are the jobs and the people we should be celebrating.

The City of Dana Point will host a community workshop to discuss parking issues, opportunities, and potential solutions in an event featuring interactive roundtable stations available for the public to discuss various parking-related topics.

The Citywide Parking Workshop will be held on Monday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, Dana Point.
All members of the public are welcome.

The City encourages all members of the public to participate by providing your input and feedback in our online community survey: Click Here.

For more information, please contact Belinda Deines, Senior Planner, at bdeines@danapoint.org or (949) 248-3570.

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.


5/18 - Is Now the Time to Invest

5/25 - How to Pick an Advisor

6/1 - What is a Stock? Bond? Mutual Fund?

6/8 - What are REITs? Commodities? Options?
6/22 - Investing in a Rising Interest Rate Environment
6/29 - Social Security Maximization
7/13 - Annuities -What? How? Where do They Fit?
7/20 - Long Term Care Planning
7/29 - The 3 Phases of Life Insurance

Thursday's on "The Commodore's Patio" From 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Dana Point Yacht Club
24399Dana Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Please call Geoff Fellows at (949) 499-4028 with any questions. 

Join Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett at her annual event to inform seniors on ways to financially plan for their golden years.

New this year will be the opportunity to make an appointment with CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professionals. Don't miss this opportunity for a free, private consultation with highly qualified professionals from the Financial Planning Association of Orange County. Consultations last approximately 15-20 minutes.

Retirement Planning  *  Budgeting  *  Tax Concerns  *  Estate Planning

Sign-ups are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the event at the Financial Planning Association of Orange County table. Appointments will be following the main event from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You are welcome to bring any documents pertaining to your questions.

Friday, May 12, 2017

In association with O.C. 2nd District Supervisor Michelle Steele, The Hiring Foundation is proud to present the 6th Annual Hiring Fair on Friday, May 19th at the OC Fair & Event Center. 

Friday May 19th 10:00am-5:00pm
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 

Recognized as one of the best blues festivals in North America, the Doheny Blues Festival has welcomed a mix of music legends.  Held each May at the iconic Orange County landmark of Doheny State Beach, the festival boasts an eclectic food court, the intimate Backporch stage with MicroBrew tastings, and a stellar line up year after year. 

Saturday May 20th & Sunday May 21st
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point, CA 92629

The fourth Dana Point ArtFest will feature over 80 unique artist booths. The DP ArtFest will take place on Del Prado between Ruby Lantern and Old Golden Lantern with sidewalk art displays. We are seeking applications from artists of all fine art mediums and genres including (but not limited to) sculpture, ceramics, art glass, jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, woodworking, and metalwork. Artists, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit an application for consideration.

Sunday May 21st 10:00am-5:00pm
Dana Point Lantern District
Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629

Join us at the first annual Hobie Memorial Golf Tournament at The Ranch at Laguna Beach! Proceeds this year will go towards the construction of the Hobie Memorial statue to be constructed in Dana Point at the new Linear Park.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Registration: 1:00pm
Shotgun Start: 3:00pm

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. 
Upcoming dates:
  • May 25, 2017
  • 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.

Customer Lifeline is committed to supporting small business and helping them grow. We have a series of simple, high value, free tips to connect with new customers to drive revenue for your business.

People still look for services online through Google.
Do you know how to update your Google business listing?
Do you have pictures listed? Reviews? A description and the Services you offer?

All of these things help you get listed higher on Google and can increase the probability that a prospect will call you instead of your competitor.

Lunch & Learn Seminar
Wednesday May 31st 12:00pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
34163 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100
Dana Point, CA 92629

Call the Chamber offices at (949) 496-1555 with any questions!

Visit the South OC Job Fair on Thursday, June 1st to meet with employers, and get a free resume critique! Admission and parking is free.

Thursday, June 1st 9:00am-12:00pm
Laguna Hills Mall
24155 Laguna Hills Mall 
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Classified Ads

Bonjour Cafe is looking to hire prep cook, dishwasher, and barista for their day time hours.

Please call (949) 496-6368 for more information, or visit them at 24633 Del Prado Avenue.

Lupe's Mexican Eatery looking for part time and full time positions(managers, cashiers, food prep, cooks).

Please call (949) 558-5431 for more information, or visit them at 33621 Del Obispo St, Suite F.

Brio Tuscany Grille is looking for kitchen and food prep help. 

Please call (949) 443-1476 for more information, or visit them at 24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point.

Monarch Beach Resort is hiring for multiple positions within the resort. Please click here to view job descriptions and apply. 

Shwack is looking to fill a management position at the Shwack Cantina.

Please call (949) 218-7182 for more information.

Boneyards needs servers and bar backs. Must be 21 and over.

Fill out application at Boneyard Thursday to Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm.

Doheny State Beach:  25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Doubletree Suites is hiring for multiple positions within the resort. Please  click here  to view job descriptions and apply.

Gaucho Jobs is the official online employment system for Saddleback students. Businesses searching for new employees may post a job or internship listing on Gaucho Jobs for free. 

Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendars!
Chamber Seeks Hosts for 2017
Networking Events

Looking to get more people through  your doors?  We are currently searching for hosts for our Networking at Noon luncheons .  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. All that donate to our Third Thursday Mixer raffle will have their linked logo featured in our e-blasts, and their business promoted at the event.

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.  Each year our members raise money to be awarded to students interested in pursuing an education in Business, Community Service, Culinary Arts, Marine Science and Hotel Management.

Over the past three years we have donated $19,000 to Dana Hills High School students and this coming school year we'd like to support even more students and we need your help! Help us reach our goal of  $5,000! Pledge a donation to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for the Dana Hills High School Awards Program. Awards will be presented in May 2017 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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