Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
August 22, 2013
Message from Executive Director,
Heather Johnston
I hope you all have received your fabulous Dana Point Destination Guides. We here at the Chamber are very proud of this year's edition and we hope you are too. We have some of the best members in Orange County and we want to showcase what a great Chamber and city we are. 

We've got some new & exciting events happening around Dana Point. For twelve weeks, the internationally renowned Elephant Parade Art Exhibition will be showcased in Dana Point, making its debut in the United States on August 23rd at Doheny State Beach. This event has been held all over the world and we are honored to be the first US location featured and are proud to support such a great cause. In addition, we will be hosting our annual Turkey Trot this coming November, featuring a Kid's Gobble Wobble, 10K and 5K. This is one of the biggest events in Dana Point and we hope that you will help continue this family tradition by becoming a sponsor! Join us and run the race before you stuff your face! Visit TurkeyTrot.com for more information. 

If you've been reading the COMPASS, then you've seen our new and improved Member Spotlight. These videos are a new and fresh way to see what services our members offer and a great way to promote your business. We're also excited to announce that we will be launching our new Dana Point Chamber of Commerce website in a few weeks which will feature an interactive member directory and an easy to navigate Events Calendar. It's our job here at the Chamber to give you the best service available and we believe these new initiatives will continue to grow our Chamber, provide you the member benefits you deserve and make us a prime destination for visitors. 

It's an exciting time at the Chamber and a perfect time for you to plug-in and get involved. We currently have nine committees relating to finance, tourism, government affairs, marketing, membership and the Turkey Trot, as well as an ambassador committee and restaurant association. If you are interested in truly making a difference in your community, please consider joining a committee and getting involved.

Thank you for your continued support of the Dana Point Chamber - I hope to see you at one of our many upcoming events soon!

You're Invited: Coffee with a Council Member 
Join the Dana Point Chamber's Government Affairs Committee for an update on Town Center from Council Member Bill Brough

:    RJ's Cafe 
                 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Suite F120                       
When:     Thursday, August 29th
                 7:30am: Coffee & Light Breakfast
                 7:45am: Presentation by Councilman Bill Brough
October 1 Still Date to Provide
Affordable Care Act-Required Notices
Although the employer mandate provision has been delayed, October 1, 2013 is still the deadline for notices required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
Before October 1, employers are required to provide current employees with notices regarding new health insurance marketplace coverage options-in California, that's Covered California. 
The notices inform the employee of the existence of the marketplace, a description of services, how to contact the marketplace and other required information. 
Also starting October 1, employers must provide the notices to each new hire within 14 days of the employee beginning work. 
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created two model notices-one for employers that do not offer a health plan and another for employers that do offer a health plan to some or all employees.

Dana Point Harbor Community Notice
Upcoming Events in the Harbor

Solutions That Can Save You Up to 20% on Your Business's SDG&E Bill



 Take advantage of SDG&E programs that can help those with income challenges:

  • CARE and FERA
    • Assistance programs based on income and household size
  • Medical Baseline
    • An assistance program for customers with medical conditions requiring the use of high-energy equipment

Applications and more information can be found at sdge.com/assistance


SDG&E also has the Level Pay Plan - which gives customers the opportunity to have a more predictable monthly bill by leveling out the highs and lows over the course of the year.


Just one more way SDG&E is connecting its customers to smart energy solutions.

Member Spotlight: 
Elephant Parade USA
2013 Elephant Parade USA - Dana Point

Presented by The Resorts of Dana Point, Elephant Parade: Welcome to America will showcase dozens of colorfully decorated life-sized baby elephant sculptures for the first time ever in the US. The star-studded cast of celebrity and artists - from Hollywood elite to fashion designers and pop icons - are welcoming the open-air exhibition in Dana Point. 


The parade will kick-off at with a free public opening ceremony August 23-25 at Doheny State Beach. Then, all of the artworks are placed around the destination for ten weeks. The elephants will be primarily placed in high-pedestrian-traffic, visitor-focused locations around Dana Point, including Dana Point Harbor, local beaches, public parks, and in Resort properties. 


Halfway between Los Angeles and Orange County, the coastal community is committed to cause and welcomes Elephant Parade with a beautiful backdrop along the Pacific Ocean to showcase this artistic spectacle of culture and creativity. As an oceanfront destination dedicated to the preservation of the planet's creatures, Dana Point thinks beyond the boundaries of land and sea to raise awareness for the crusade of conservation across the globe. 


Check out the Elephant Parade website for information about artists, activities and more. 

Upcoming Chamber Events
September's Networking at Noon
Hosted by The Surfin' Cowboy
September 5  11:30am - 1:00pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at The Surfin Cowboy.

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 and stimulating our local economy!

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. 
Taste of South County Mixer & Auto Show
Hosted by Independence Bank & Capistrano Auto Center
September 5       5:30pm - 7:30pm
Independence Bank, 32291 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
$15 Members | $25 Non-Members
Ribbon Cutting 2
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

We're getting busy here at the Chamber and are going to be hosting LOTS of ribbon cuttings in the coming weeks! Help us welcome our new members to the neighborhood and to the Dana Point Chamber!  
TOMORROW, August 22nd          12:00pm     Beach Hut Deli  
2 Ritz Carlton Dr. Dana Point


Wednesday, August 28th             4:30pm        JunQies
34155 Pacific Coast Hwy #C Dana Point
Tuesday, September 3rd              3:30pm        Congressman Darrell Issa's Office
Dana Point City Hall
33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 102 Dana Point
Welcome Our New Members!
24-7 We Care

About Here at 24-7 we care, we treat each person as a member of our family. We know how important it is to be independent. Based on our experience over the years, we understand how important it is to live a life with dignity, without fear of not being able to be self sufficient. 
We dedicate ourselves to giving quality care to your loved ones. Let us into your life so that we can help make your life easier. Here at 24-7 we care, we are willing to give more of ourselves and are committed to the highest standards, quality and reliability. 
Our services make life easier, empowering independence, giving families around the clock service and support.

Hill & PIibe Immigration Attorneys

Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys is a versatile immigration law firm backed by its partners' combined 35 years of experience handling complex and groundbreaking cases. Headed by Susan E. Hill, an adjunct law professor and law clinician, and Alary E. Piibe, a renowned litigator before the immigration courts, the firm practices within all aspects of U.S. immigration law. We represent the interests of U.S. businesses, citizens and residents, foreign investors, entrepreneurs and their non-citizen employees/family to secure visas, green cards, citizenship and other immigration benefits. We have a special emphasis on immigration for the equestrian industry as well: competition riders, horse trainers, business owners/agents, exercise riders and grooms. 

Community outreach and education are important components to our practice. Through seminars and speaking engagements, we separate fact from fiction to help businesses and individuals comply with the law, and avoid being harmed by misinformation and unscrupulous practices.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2001
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2004
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2012

Julie Simer, Civic Member
Member Since 2012

Community News & Events
City of Dana Point Emergency Preparedness Expo
Saturday, August 24, 2013,   10am - 2pm
Dana Hills High School, 33301 Golden Lantern, Dana Point
Exhibits, Demonstrations, and Emergency Information

The City of Dana Point invites you to attend this year's emergency preparedness expo, featuring dozens of exhibitors and vehicle displays, and learn how to protect yourself and your family in an emergency. Receive helpful tips and information from public safety agencies, utilities, community groups, vendors, and more.

Last Chance to Register for Lobsterfest & Save $$!
Saturday, August 24th Doheny State Beach
California Classic World Highland Games & Festival   
Sea Terrace Park    August 24th -25th  10am - 6pm
This event will feature live music, clan gatherings, strong man competitions, whiskey tastings, kids' games, and much much more. Buy your tickets online to save money - or make sure that you bring proof of OC residence and save $5 at the door. 
Schedule of Events                      Get Your Tickets
Elephant Parade Opening Ceremonies 
Shakespeare in the Park
August 22, 23 & 24    6pm        Lantern Bay Park
Dana Point ART Launch
The Shed   August 29th   5-7pm
THE SHED in Dana Point invites you to our ART LAUNCH event. This is the FIRST of an ongoing event scheduled for every LAST Thursday of the month. I would love to have your attendance and support in this project. We are creating a buzz with the art scene in Dana Point and will keep this going to increase the arts in this fabulous location. Here's the details to tell your friends and hope you can attend! 

Our Art Launch event is on Thursday, Aug. 29th from 5pm - 7pm. This will be held at The SHED fine art gallery in Dana Point. Our honored guests will enjoy live music by Rick Lobos, Italian Fine Wine tastings by ZGR Imports and gourmet appetizers by Luciana's Ristorante. Our Charity-of-Choice is the Friendship Shelter and a % of sales will be donated to help heal our less fortunate 

Our gallery features some of the top Artists on the Planet. THE SHED fine art gallery hosts original works of expressionist painters and sculptors. We would be honored to have your acceptance of this invitation. 

Please RSVP (your attendance will help us raise awareness for the Friendship Shelter and support the growth of Arts in our community).

Two Great Laguna Cliffs Marriott Packages to Help You Relax

Business Traveler Package
Let us make your travel experience as easy and comfortable as we can. Our Business Traveler Package includes American breakfast for 1 guest daily, wireless Internet and valet parking. 
Package elements are nontransferable, and package does not include any taxes, gratuities or alcoholic beverages.
Additional guests and children dining are a la carte.
Spatini Package 

Enjoy an overnight accommodation with a 60 minute Signature Spa Massage, two martinis/cocktails in our OverVue Lounge and complimentary resort fee. 

Package elements are nontransferable, and package does not include any taxes or gratuities.

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