Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
April 13, 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. This month features an array of prize packages from the stores and eateries of Outlets at San Clemente!
Additionally, everyone who pre-registers online will receive an Outlets at San Clemente VIP Lounge Day Pass. This exclusive access for two people includes two complimentary beverages and treats in the coastal chic lounge overlooking the center's main courtyard and featuring widescreen TVs, plush seating, charging stations and private luxury restrooms. Register early to receive your pass!

Everyone who pre-registers online will receive a VIP Lounge Pass for the Outlets, so register early! We will be featuring raffle prizes from several outlet stores.

We are also featuring a special raffle prize:

Two Night Stay at Monarch Beach Resort: Valued at $1,200

Thursday April 20th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Dana Point Woman's Club House
24642 San Juan Avenue
Dana Point, CA 92629

Located behind the Chamber Office 

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

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Dana Point, presents the Dana Point Lantern District Classic Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, April 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Held on Del Prado between Violet Lantern and the PCH/Del Prado Archway, this event will feature hundreds of custom and classic cars, a motorcycle display, awards, great entertainment, food and more! 

Early Bird Pricing ends tomorrow at midnight! Register your car or motorcycle by April 14th 11:59PM to receive discounted pricing of $10 per motorcycle/$20 per car. 

Come for the cars, stay for the great dining and shopping! 

**Please note, Classic Cars will be defined by 1985 Models and earlier. Any cars that are later than 1985 models will not be eligible for awards but are welcome to exhibit. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available!
For additional information, please contact the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce at (949) 496-1555 or email Katie McGann at Operations@DanaPointChamber.com
New Criminal Background
Regulations Coming July 1

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.

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Upcoming Member Events

Frida Kahlo - Her Photos offers an intimate glance into the life of one of the world's most beloved artists. Throughout her life, Kahlo meticulously collected over 6,000 photographs of loved ones as well as scenes of Mexican culture, politics, art, history and nature.

These photographs were taken by many renowned creatives of the time. After her death, the collection was locked away by a grieving Diego Rivera in Kahlo's Mexico City family home, Casa Azul or the Blue House. More than fifty years later, this treasured collection was revealed to the public. Visitors to the exhibition will discover some of the brightest and darkest times in the artist's life while also experiencing a unique view of the tumultuous political and technological climate of the early to mid 20th Century.

February 25th-June 26th
Bowers Museum
2022 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600

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:
  • April 27, 2017
  • 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.
Salt Creek Grille Logo

Join family and friends at Sal Creek Grille on Sunday, April 16th. Enjoy our famous 
mesquite-grilled menu items with a Holiday Menu created by executive chef Scott Green.

Holiday Menu

Holiday Brunch with Omelet Station

We will be serving our Full Dinner Menu
i ncluding New Zealand grass fed Lamb and Beef.
Easter Sunday, April 16th
2:00pm - 8:00pm   
Party trays and take-out will also be available.
Reservations suggested. Please call 949-489-1903

A fun and informative community event to encourage people, especially parents and young people to talk about mental health challenges they may face, featuring:

HIGH 5-A-THON Parade on track-

Up and coming young vocal artists -

Kids Zone-

Raffle prizes and silent auction-

Information booths on mental health support-

Food and drinks available for purchase-

Free Event T-shirt if you purchase tickets by April 15th-


Proceeds will benefit the development of the children and adolescent inpatient and outpatient mental health care facilities at   CHOC Children's and Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.

Dana Hills High School
Sat, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

On Sunday April 30th, join top professionals, amateurs and excited kids as they race around the downtown Dana Point Lantern District on the best race course in America overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and spectacular Dana Point Harbor.

Sunday April 30th 
Professional racing begins at 3:00pm for PRT Women,  4:30pm for PRT Men.
Entry level, novice and categorized amateur & master's races begin at 7:00am.


If you would like to volunteer for this event, please send us an e-mail or call the Chamber Offices at (949) 496-155 with any questions! You can also click here to receive more information and sign up as a volunteer.
Chamber News
Fourteen years ago on April 4th, RJ's Cafe opened for business. With the help of a great staff and fantastic customers we hope to go another fourteen. Thank you everyone and many happy breakfast and lunches to all!

Would you like to help keep an eye on Orange County's transportation tax dollars? If so, consider applying to volunteer on the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). TOC members serve a 3 year term, monitoring OCTA's use of revenue collected through Measure M2, the county's half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The TOC is celebrating 10 years of ensuring that all Measure M2 funds are spent on voter-approved transportation projects.
The application deadline to fill two positions on the 11-member committee, one each in Second and Third Supervisorial Districts, is May 1. Orange County residents residing in the Second or Third Supervisorial District are eligible to apply. Please note that elected or appointed city, district, state or federal officials are not eligible to serve on the TOC. To view a list of cities in each district, please click here.
The Grand Jurors Association of Orange County is conducting the TOC recruitment program and will recommend qualified candidates for membership. For additional information or to request an application, visit the TOC recruitment webpage  or contact Emily Mason, OCTA Community Relations Specialist, at 714-560-5421. 

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 two years we have donated $15,000 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 June 2017 at the Dana Hills High School Senior Awards ceremony.

Classified Ads

700+ sq ft retail/service industry space available for sub-lease in the Dana Marina Plaza next to the Organic Juice Bar.  $2400 including utilities.  Call Rachel at Organic Juice Tree for more information at (949) 276-7202 .

The Doubletree Suites in Doheny Beach is currently hiring in several different sectors. Click here to view job listings or call (949) 661-1100.

Searching for kitchen help and sandwich makers. Hours are flexible, but must be able to work the lunch block of hours no matter what.

Please call Jim Mouzakis at (949) 248-9008 or visit Tutor & Spunky's at:

34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Suites 116/117
Dana Point, CA 92629

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!
Thursday April 13th Mayor Debra Lewis Office Hours

Saturday April 15th Farmers Market

Tuesday April 18th Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting

City Council Meeting

Thursday April 20th Third Thursday Mixer

Friday April 21st Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat

California Wine Festival

Saturday April 22nd Farmers Market

California Wine Festival

Sunday April 23rd Dana Point Lantern District Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Thursday April 17th Mayor Debra Lewis Office Hours

Saturday April 29th Farmers Market

Sunday April 30th Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling

Tuesday May 2nd City Council Meeting

Thursday May 4th Networking at Noon: Craft House

Saturday May 6th Farmers Market

Thursday May 11th Mayor Debra Lewis Office Hours

Saturday May 13th Farmers Market

Mother's Day Fine Art Show

Dana Point Symphony Orchestra

Sunday May 14th Mother's Day Fine Art Show
Chamber Seeks Hosts for 2017
Networking Events

Looking to get more people through  your doors?  We are currently searching for hosts for our Third Thursday Mixer on May 18th, as well as several Networking at Noon dates .  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.

For more information on hosting an event or donating a raffle prize, please send us an email or call 949.496.1555


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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