Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
March 19, 2015
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is Moving!
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is moving to a new location! The NEW Chamber office will be located on Pacific Coast Highway, in the Lantern District, between Peking Dragon and Paragon Salon beginning March 25th 2015. 

Located in the heart of the downtown district, the new Chamber office will offer an expanded Visitor Information Center and a professional conference room (that's rentable!).

Your new Chamber office will be located at: 
34163 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 100 
Dana Point, CA 92629 

Parking is available in the rear of the Chamber building, off San Juan Avenue. Once open, we invite you to come visit our office and take a look at all the great things we are doing to promote your business in the Lantern District!

Be on the lookout in June for our very own ribbon cutting to celebrate this momentous milestone in our Chamber's history!
Mark Your Calendars:
2015 State of the City Luncheon
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2015 State of the City Luncheon in partnership with the City of Dana Point. The event will feature an address by Mayor Carlos N. Olvera on the future of economic and business development in our city. As a leader in the business community, we ask for your support and participation in this momentous event.

We invite you to join us at this event and encourage you to partner with us for the State of the City luncheon as this is a significant event for Dana Point.  Sponsoring this event is a great way to show your commitment to our great city and its bright future! Sponsorship opportunities are available and detailed here.

In addition to the Mayor's address, we will recognize those who have gone above and beyond in our community with our annual Beautification Awards.

Click here to download a nomination form.

The 2015 State of the City Address and Luncheon will take place May 15th, 11:30 am at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

We hope to see you there, and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to align your business with other leaders in the community.


A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Dana Wharf 40th

Member Spotlight: Jack's Restaurant/Bar
Seventeen years ago, Jack's Restaurant opened its doors fulfilling the longtime vision of its namesake, Jack Loconsolo, and introducing Dana Point to a new way of dining. 

That's a near two-decade-long journey that has not only seen a transformation in the restaurant location's identity from a 50s-style diner to a casual, fine dining eatery, but also a revolutionary development within the food and restaurant cultures as consumers have emphasized their desire to learn more about their fare like how it was grown, where it was sourced and whether or not it was ethically raised. 

It's a culinary self-discovery voyage that Loconsolo himself has traveled, coming out healthier, refreshed and empowered. He's now sharing his way of living-and eating-with the patrons of Jack's by serving all-grass fed New Zealand beef, wild-caught fish, sustainable seafood and seasonal, organic produce. 

"We are an evolving restaurant, " Loconcolo said. "We started primarily serving thin crust pizza and traditional Italian ... and we've evolved into serving healthy, clean foods. This evolution all started when I began looking at how I eat and what I look for in food-and that is what I want to offer to my guests. " 

Loconsolo, a Brooklyn-native proudly carrying his New York accent, has long been involved in the food trade. Growing up, he learned old-world Italian recipes from his mother. She herself was schooled by her mother, an Irish immigrant named Anna, whose Italian sister-in-laws shared their treasured culinary secrets. From the family kitchen to their pizzerias in New York, Loconsolo soaked in the knowledge.

You're Invited: Discounted Vendor Space for Dana Point Chamber Members at the Dana Point Grand Prix
The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (DPCCF) is proud to be hosting their 9th annual  Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling , held in the beautiful downtown of Dana Point. As part of the Grand Prix, there is a great opportunity to promote your business as part of their Vendor Expo and Health Fair. 


The Expo is held on Sunday, May 3rd throughout the day of the race, with over 10,000 spectators, and 900 riders, making it the largest one day cycling criterion in the nation. The Expo will feature the  Dana Point 5th Marine Beer Garden, Kid's races, and the  Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Kid's Fun Zone.


The Dana Point Grand Prix is offering a deeply  discounted price to any Chamber Members that would like to participate in their Expo: instead of $250 for a 10'x 10' booth, we are offering a  10'x 10' for $100! 


Click here to download the official vendor application, fill out the requested info and return it to the email address on the form. The expo form also has even more discounted prices on it if you wish to have a bigger booth space! We hope you will consider aligning your business with this special City event and making this the BIGGEST and BEST Dana Point Grand Prix Yet! 
We look forward to seeing you out there!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer - Brio Tuscany Grille
TONIGHT  5:30-7:30pm
24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point
$12 Members  |  $20 Non-Members
Please join us tonight for our March mixer, hosted by Brio Tuscany Grille, located on the southeast corner of Niguel Road and Camino del Avion from 5:30-7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host. 
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
 Help Us Welcome New Business to Dana Point!

Thursday, March 26th  4:30 PM
24040 Camino del Avion, Suite 2D, Dana Point, CA 92629

Friday, April 10th  1:00 PM
24452 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629

Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting at your business?
Contact the  Chamber office to schedule one!
SCORE Workshop: Hiring Made Easy
Wednesday, April 1st   6:00 - 9:00pm
Capo Beach Church * 25975 Domingo Ave, Dana Point

Hiring the right person is the key to success to any business. In a recent study it was estimated that it costs over $65,000 to hire one 25K level employee. With that much money at stake you can't afford to be wrong. Two of the Top Five reasons for a business to fail directly relate to interviewing and hiring properly. The majority of businesses large and small do less than a decent job in hiring which ends up costing their businesses loss of sales, upset customers and creating internal frustrations as well as potential lawsuits. You will leave this workshop with far more confidence in how to find, interview, hire, motivate, compensate and avoid or prevent lawsuits. Doing it wrong can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. You will learn how to do it right and recruit & keep the best staff members.

Subjects covered:

* What Are You Looking For?         * Creating Job Descriptions & Ads
* Resumes                                         * Finding The Applicants
* Questions To Ask                           * Interview Stoppers
* Testing                                             * References
* Making An Offer                             * Motivating Employees
* Terminations

Networking at Noon - Hennessey's Tavern
Thursday, April 2nd  11:30am - 1:00pm
34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at  Hennessey's Tavern

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. This event provides the opportunity for new and current members to introduce their company to potential clients while learning all there is to know about your fellow business members. Plus, you get to enjoy a great meal provided by a Chamber member.

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. 

Please pre-register for the event as it helps us to give an accurate headcount to the kitchen. Space is limited so register now - and don't forget your business cards!

Welcome Our New Members!
Coldwell Banker - Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor has been doing real estate since 1976 and is very versatile in helping clients in the sale of residential and mobile homes in South Orange County, specializing in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente. She is an expert at obtaining qualified buyers, and assisting sellers in the marketing and completion of the sale of their property.  With 33 years of experience and expertise as a Realtor, Nancy knows the importance of making her clients' real estate dreams come true.

Backed by the extensive resources of Coldwell Banker Dana Point/San Clemente, Nancy looks forward to helping you with all your real estate needs. Whether you're buying, selling, or relocating, Nancy is here for you 7 days as week. Feel free to call or email her anytime. 

Ed Conway, Civic Member
Immel Team Luxury Real Estate

Phil Immel, long time Dana Point resident founded the Boutique firm Immel Team Luxury Real Estate located at 10 Monarch Bay Plaza in Dana Point, next to Gelson's Market. His seasoned team of professionals assists buyers and sellers throughout the coastal communities of South Orange County. Phil is also knowns as the Real Estate Guru´┐Ż. He is often a guest contributor to local and national new outlets including Fox News, CNN, Chapman University/PBS, Wall Street Journal & KNX1070. We invite you to stop by our office location or contact us for any real estate needs you or your family might have. 

Please visit www.ImmelTeam.com | www.RealEstateGuru.com or calls us at: 949.249.2020. Open 7 days a week. 

Kristine Taylor Philanthropies

Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals battling life threatening health problems, to provide home security, and to foster hope through emotional, physical, and financial assistance, while creating an environment for greater community involvement. 

Please join us at our inaugural Pink Gala and unveiling of one of the original Doheny Houses, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Capistrano Beach. The evening will feature *special guests, live performances, fine dining, silent auction, and a live art auction to benefit cancer patients at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital as well as the programs of The Kristine Taylor Philanthropies. 

Your support of this event will help to raise funds for reconstructive surgeries, medical treatment, wigs, meals, and equipment, and other vital needs not covered by insurance companies. 

We invite your participation and ask that you consider donating a gift certificate or physical item for our silent auction or other in-kind contribution. 

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Thank You to Our Renewing Members

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Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events

Farmer's Market

Outrigger Ocean Challenge Race
March 22nd MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition
March 23rd Dana Point Planning Commission Meeting
March 24th
The Dana Point Chamber is CLOSED - We're MOVING!
March 26th  Ribbon Cutting: Lingerie Paradis USA  

Senior Twilight Dinner
March 27th 
Two Years Before the Mast
March 28th Farmers Market     

Two Years Before the Mast Reading

Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, Art Lessons in the Wild
March 29th
Two Years Before the Mast Reading
April 1st SCORE Workshop: Hiring Made Easy Barry McKinley   
April 2nd Networking at Noon - Hennessey's Tavern

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
April 4th Wyland Dolphin & Whale Adventures - Art Lessons in the Wild

Farmers Market     

Egg Hunt @ Pines and Sea Canyon Parks   

Nature Tour-Nature Interpretive Center   
April 7th  City Council Meeting   
"Two Years Before the Mast" Reading Marathon 
Dana Point Historical Society seeks readers for its Fifth Annual Public Reading in March
Celebrating Richard Henry Dana Jr.'s bicentennial year, the Dana Point Historical Society presents its fifth annual public reading of the complete text of Dana's Two Years Before the Mast. Participants read in succession for 8 to 10 minutes each. The event is free and open to the public. 

This year's reading will be at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point on Friday, March 27 from 1 to 4 pm, Saturday March 28 from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday March 29 from 9 am until the book is complete, around noon. 

Volunteer as a reader by e-mail or leave message at 949-899-0907; provide name, e-mail or phone number, and a preferred time.
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 natalia@danapointchamber.com for more information.
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