Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
May 15, 2013
I-5 Improvements Coming to South County 
Work Between Avenida Pico and San Juan Creek Funded by Measure M 

Groundbreaking is set for early 2014 on a $275 million project on Interstate 5 (I-5) that will continue carpool lanes that now end in San Juan Capistrano to Avenida Pico in San Clemente, as well as bring major improvements to the congested Pico Interchange. 


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are teaming up on the project, which is funded by Measure M, a half-cent sales tax approved by Orange County voters for transportation projects.  


Member Spotlight: Vorteil Dermatology
 National Melanoma Month - May
Did you know that men are more at risk for melanoma than women? According to the American Cancer Society, 39,000 new cases of melanoma occur in men each year in the US, with thousands of cases ending in death. The average Caucasian male has a 1 in 39 chance of developing melanoma in his lifetime. May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. Take a minute to watch the video above to listen to Dr. Ryan Goerig, a board-certified dermatologist, specializing in aesthetic dermatology at Vorteil Dermatology discuss National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and then call Vorteil's office to make an appointment for a complimentary cancer screening. 
Upcoming Chamber Events
3rd Thursday Mixer
Lantern Bay Realty's 40th Anniversary Celebration
May 16th  5:30 - 7:30pm

Join us in celebrating Lantern Bay Realty's 40th Anniversary at tomorrow's Mixer. 
This event is open to members and non-members to attend. 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 us Grow with Someone You Know!! 

Click here to download a complimentary guest ticket to our upcoming mixer.

Bring a friend to the next mixer and we'll comp their entry* 

*applicable to potential members only.


The cost to attend is $12 for members.

Coastal Chamber's Legislative Coalition Luncheon 
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 
June 14, 2013    11:30am - 1:30pm

Join the Honorable Patricia C. Bates as she hosts State of South County, where City Managers from San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo will provide updates on their respective cities.


Tickets and sponsorship information available here.


Networking at Noon
B�same Mexican Grill
June 6th 11:30am - 1:30pm
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Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Bsame Mexican Grill.

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant!

The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 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!
Bonjour Cafe   

When I moved to the United States, I found one thing was sorely lacking: French Bistros. Great fancy French restaurants existed but not enough casual places with French flavor, quality you can taste, ambiance which allows you to relax and prices that are recession proof. I simply replicated what we experienced in the streets of Paris and what appealed to so many Americans traveling through France. Using the same high quality ingredients and techniques that Bistro chefs have used for generations, we bring you daily the best breakfast and lunch in town. From our modest 1992 beginnings with little room and no employees, we have grown through 3 remodels to a 500 sq. ft. kitchen with 15 employees. 
Passionate about creating without compromising, we won the loyalty of thousands of customers as well as a long time staff who have done a superb & consistent job. I invite you to explore our website and discover why we have been recognized by many as "zee place for breakfast and lunch." 
Make sure to check our website from time to time as we unveil new services and update our menus.
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

The idea for Jimmy's Famous American Tavern, or JFAT, grew out of the early tavern tradition that had its initial roots in Renaissance England and the sprouted up in New England states. The early versions were primarily "drinking establishments" offering up a limited array of food, sometimes of dubious quality. But they became social havens for locals and travelers alike that offered comfort and camaraderie. At the core of our concept is still based upon great brews and cocktails, but we wanted it to be a modern day interpretation....to create a social gathering place that serves both great drinks but also great food. A casual, comfortable, yet sophisticated neighborhood place great for a quick lunch, relaxing dinner or celebration with friends for any occasion. 

JFAT is excited to get involved with the local Dana Point community - look for their grand opening to take place in late summer.

VIKING Auto Care
VIKING Auto Care is Orange County's premier automotive repair, care and service facility specializing in all foreign cars. With over 30 years of experience, we continue to provide our customers with superior, specialized and affordable service. Our pristine showroom facility is ready to serve all of your automotive needs. Shuttle Service & rental cars are just a few examples of how we deliver an enjoyable experience for all of our customers.
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2009
Doug Chotkevys, Civic Member
Member Since 2011
Mary DeMers, Civic Member
Member Since 2009
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2012
Member Since 1997

Member Since 1996

Member Since 2012

Member Since 2012
Member Since 2011
Community News & Events
A Mile For Maddie
Benefitting the Maddie James Foundation
Saturday, May 18th
You're Invited: Attend the Third Annual A Mile for Maddie, a 1.2 mile fundraising walk to benefit The Maddie James Foundation. The event will take place the morning on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Dana Point. This year's walk will be extra special as we celebrate the grand opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center! Following the walk, registered participants are invited to enjoy the Open House Festival at the Ocean Institute.
Dana Point Symphony
St. Edwards Church
May 31, 2013  7:30pm

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Live Music Harbor Cruises
Saturdays through September      7:30 - 9:00pm
Cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride which has upper deck seating as well as inside seating in it's large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full bar including wine, beer (domestic and imported), and mixed drinks. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the live music as we cruise through Dana Point Harbor at sunset. You'll be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of Dana Pride Punch!
Palisades United Methodist Preschool & Kindergarten
Cordially invite you to attend our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament 
Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club in San Clemente 
Sunday, June 2

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Palisades United Methodist preschool kids, current and future. Registration begins at 11:00am at the club with a 12:00pm sharp shotgun tee time. 
To participate in this event, or for dinner only reservations please RSVP with your registration form.

As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society knows how important each and every birthday can be, and soon the American Cancer Society will celebrate its 100th birthday - 100 years of saving lives. 
Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria. Luminaria, paper bags containing votive candles, are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each luminaria is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. 
Learn more about the upcoming Dana Point Relay for Life event or learn more about how you or your business can dedicate a luminaria at the upcoming event.
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