Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
June 18, 2015
What Happens If You Don't Have a Written Paid Sick Leave Policy?
Article courtesy of CalChamber

Beginning July 1, 2015, California employers will be required to begin providing paid sick leave benefits to their eligible employees.

We often hear the question: Do I need a written paid sick leave policy that I hand out to employees? With all the complexities of this new law, the answer is "yes."

A written policy allows you to specifically describe and clearly communicate your company's approach to providing the mandatory benefit. A written policy is also required if you place any limits on paid sick leave that are allowed within the law, such as a cap on accrual.

The Labor Commissioner has specifically stated that if an employer provides any additional terms such as caps on maximum use or accruals above the minimum, they must inform employees of those additional terms.

Ever wondered about the consequences of not having a written paid sick leave policy? Click here to learn more.
How to Allocate Your Time Managing Social Media
Social media management can be a full-time job, and even for those who do social along with any number of other tasks, social media marketing can still take 10 or more hours every week. Are you one of the many people who struggle to find enough time in your day to manage your business's social media?

Let's face it, business professionals are busier than ever. Between email, phone calls, projects and team meetings, adding social media to the mix is a recipe for overwhelm. With so much coming at you, it's easy to see why managing social media can feel like a burden, instead of an opportunity. If you're ready to take back your day and do away with time wasting tasks, then read the simple tips at the link below. Each one will help you adjust your tactics and better manage time on social media.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by Boneyard Cafe
TONIGHT, June 18th    5:30 - 7:30pm
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr          $12 Members     $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our mixer tonight, hosted by Boneyard Beach Cafe in Doheny State Beach from 5:30-7:30pm.
The event will feature two ribbon cuttings - one to celebrate the new patio and build-out of Boneyard Beach Cafe (5:15pm), and the other will be to kick-off the free Dana Point Trolley Program (5:45pm) which will begin servicing town on Friday, June 26th. This will also be our Community Relations Manager, Natalia Odebralski's last Chamber event before her and her husband depart for their new adventure - you'll definitely want to be there to say "goodbye" and wish her well!

Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying a gorgeous ocean view, delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host. 
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. Parking fees will be waived - just mention that you are there for the Chamber event. Please note that parking will only be waived during our event time - if you plan on staying after 7:30pm, a twilight parking pass must be purchased and is available for $5. Click here for a printable Doheny State beach map, and driving directions can be found here.
Help our Chamber grow stronger by bringing a friend - invite a local business owner or even a friend to attend the event!
The cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
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TONIGHT, June 18th   5:15 PM
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive   (Doheny State Beach), Dana Point

TONIGHT, June 18th   5:45 PM
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive (Doheny State Beach), Dana Point

Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting at your business?

Contact the   Chamber office  to schedule one!

Free Dana Point Trolley Service to Kick Off Next Week!
The City of Dana Point will begin Summer Weekend Trolley Service Friday, June 26th and will run Friday/Saturday/Sunday through Labor Day, September 7th. This year limits the shuttle to weekend-only service, with hopes that this year's success will support a summer long, seven day a week service in 2016.

The trolley service is free. All vehicles will be powered by alternative fuels, will be handicap accessible, and have bike racks. In order to offer timely service, 4 trolleys will be used to ensure wait times are 15 minutes or less. Riders will be able to access real-time trolley locations and wait times on their phones with the use of a website tracker at DPTrolley.com.

Interested in learning more about the Trolley program? Read more.
Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, July 1st  5:00 - 6:00pm
Brio Tuscany Grille      24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point
  Do you know the value of your Chamber Membership? 
Are you looking to get the most of out of your membership?
Come to our New Member Orientation! Join us on Wednesday, July 1st from 5:00 - 6:00pm at Brio Tuscany Grille
We encourage new members, new employees and current members looking for a "refresher" course to attend this event. Attendees will receive your New Member Packet and plaque, plus you'll get a detailed presentation of your Chamber member benefits. 

This orientation is your opportunity to meet Chamber staff, Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and fellow new members, while learning about all the exciting opportunities your Chamber membership offers you!  Click here to RSVP.

Welcome Our New Members!
Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Of Orange County

Being new to the Orange County area, we are very excited to join and serve our Southern California community. Our flagship store is Courtesy Chevrolet located in Phoenix, AZ. In 1955, we (the Fitzgerald and Gruwell families) opened our doors in Phoenix as a family-owned and operated business; this business philosophy proved successful for us and our community. Our family-oriented approach to our employees and customers has spanned 6 decades, and we are very pleased to bring that same approach to Orange County. 

At Courtesy, you will find the atmosphere in each of our departments to be comfortable and friendly, yet professional in our dedication to quality. Our family of employees is comprised of highly-trained professionals dedicated to fulfilling all your automotive needs while exceeding your expectations. We pledge to build a relationship with you that is built upon trust, integrity and professional service. 

For over 50 years the Fitzgerald and Gruwell families have provided the very best in automotive service and products to the people of Arizona. Now our family is committed to serving you, your family and our community here in Southern California for many years to come.

Lantern Bay Interiors & Flooring

In business since 1984, Lantern Bay Carpets & Drapes specializes in quality carpet installation, repairs and sales. Our experienced craftsmen are professional, highly skilled and dependable. With every project, we ensure each piece is perfectly aligned and neatly placed. 


What sets us apart from our competition? 

We are family owned and operated. 

We offer competitive prices. 

We are very customer serviced oriented. 

We focus on quality and service. 


Also, our inventory includes area rugs, laminate, hardwood, ceramic tile and more! Whether you desire new carpeting or carpet repair, count on us! Please contact us today for an estimate. No job is too big or too small for us! 

Law Office of William J. Idleman

I started my own law firm to help small businesses with their legal needs. My goal is to maximize your bottom line by limiting legal risk. I remove the legalese out of complex issues and dispense common sense advice based on the applicable legal issues. 

Prior to owning my law firm, I spent seven years as a business and real estate litigation attorney. I represented major financial institutions, including banks and mortgage lenders, in all stages of litigation. I defended national mortgage lenders and loan servicers against borrower complaints involving lender liability, wrongful foreclosure, title claims, and violations of state and federal statutes. 

I am a graduate of Chapman University School of Law and Dickinson College. Prior to law school, I worked as a registered investment advisor for a TD Ameritrade. As a member of the State Bar of California and the South Carolina Bar, I am admitted to practice in California and South Carolina.

Outlets at San Clemente

This fall, spend a day in the open air and shop the biggest brands at the deepest discounts at the highly anticipated Outlets at San Clemente. Orange County's first coastal outlet shopping center will be a relaxing community hub to gather, shop and dine. 


Situated between Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Pico along the I-5 freeway, the center's inviting environment will evoke the spirit of a Spanish village - yet offer the most modern amenities for today's sophisticated shoppers and value-seekers. 


Upon opening, Outlets at San Clemente will offer up to 70 retailers and casual dining options. Additional full-service restaurants, including four locations with scenic ocean views are slated to open throughout 2016. 


Enter to win a $2,500 Shopping Spree and sign up to receive announcements at outletsatsanclemente.com


Boats at Rest
Schaar Art Studio

For over 25 years, Schaar Art Studio (formerly Schaar Galleries) has been presenting the finest representational art in Southern California. Original oils, acrylics, and limited-edition giclees, serigraphs and lithographs by Robert Schaar are available at his studio in Dana Point. 


A native Californian, Robert Schaar is a nationally-recognized painter whose representational style has been described as "deceptively loose and spontaneous." He is well known for his portrayal of a variety of subjects including American and European scenes, as well as his colorful depiction of thoroughbred racing and golfing.


Contact Schaar Art Studio at (949) 497-7289 for additional information and to schedule a time to visit the studio. 


Therapy Solutions

Therapy Solutions Chiropractic of Dana Point is the choice of thousands to get them back to what they enjoy most. Eliminating pain and improving your performance is our primary goal. We do this through a unique combination of techniques including chiropractic, rehabilitation, and personal injury care. 

Whether you have shoulder pain keeping you from hitting the tennis ball, back pain halting your golf game or neck pain and headaches from sitting at your computer, we are ready to help. 

Give us a call at (949) 487-2722 to schedule your consultation. 

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2014

Member Since 1996

Paula Becker, Civic Member
Member Since 1999
Member Since 1987
Ruth Clark, Civic Member
Member Since 1988

Member Since 2014

Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
June 18th Youth Board Meeting

DPCC: Third Thursday Mixer: Boneyard Cafe 

DPCC: Ribbon Cutting at Boneyard Beach Cafe

DPCC: Ribbon Cutting - DP Summer Trolley
June 19th
Movie in the Park: Malificent
June 20th & 21st DP Harbor Father's Day Weekend Art Show & Sale
June 20th Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center History Walk
June 21st Dana Wharf Father's Day Dinner Cruise

Ocean Institute Father's Day Cruises
June 22nd Planning Commission Meeting
June 23rd Ocean Water Quality Subcommittee Meeting
June 24th Dana Point Historical Society Fiesta Scholarship Fundraiser
June 25th Senior Twilight Dinner

South Coast Water District Board Meeting 
June 26th Dana Point Summer Trolley Service Kicks Off!

Movie in the Park: Paddington Bear
June 27th Farmers Market

Doheny Surf Festival

Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
July 1st DPCC: Member Orientation
October 2015 Designated as 
Arts & Humanities Month in Dana Point

In celebration, the City would like to highlight all cultural activities taking place during the month: this includes the performing and visual arts, culinary arts, history, literature and architecture. Everything arts and humanities. 

In order to make the celebration a success, the City is requesting all individuals, groups and businesses to provide us the information to list on an event calendar that will be posted online, in-print and on the Cox Cable Channel. 

It is easy to participate. Simply e-mail your information to the Community Services Department at mleon@danapoint.org with the activity you are planning in the Month of October. It is the City's intent to showcase your event and give maximum publicity. This can be an existing activity or a new event that you are planning in October. The City would not be a sponsor or co-sponsor of your particular activity but would use our resources to help promote the event. 

The Arts are critical to our City's growth and prosperity. The Arts and Humanities provide important opportunities for our young and young at heart to unleash their creativity and reach for new heights. This month, we pay tribute to the tremendous power of the Arts and Humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel fulfilled. As we carry forward with this proud national tradition, let us celebrate! 

Please join the City in celebration of Arts and Humanities Month this October and help promote the fantastic array of cultural activities in our Community. 

Member Specials
Dana Wharf Father's Day Dinner Cruise
Sunday, June 21st - 6:30-8:30 pm 

Come aboard the Dana Pride for our special Father's Day Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a unique evening of fun on the water, complete with live music and a delicious barbecue dinner! 

Come aboard our 95 foot flagship, the Dana Pride, and have a one of a kind evening experience! And come hungry - this cruise is 2 hours long, and the perfect way for families to celebrate their dads with a delicious buffet barbecue meal!  Buy tickets here.

Cost: $54 per Adult, $29 per Child 
Make your reservations today: 949-496-5794 x7
Desks for Sale
Are you in the market for a new, professional desk for your office or home? Look no further!

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce currently has four desks in our office that we are selling. 

All desks are fully assembled, but can be taken apart to allow for easier transportation/lifting. Desks are brand new and in great condition - just looking for a new home!

Take a look at the listings below and contact us if you are interested.

Desk 1-2       Desk 3      Desk 4

Thank You to our 2015 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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