Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
July 10, 2015
The Top 10 Things Employers Do To Get Sued
Article courtesy of HRCalifornia, ?
California Chamber of Commerce.

One of the toughest tasks for an HR manager or business owner is managing risk to prevent lawsuits. Employers may unintentionally violate employment laws and never realize the risk they create for the company. Trying to provide some flexibility for an employee, saving money for the company, or just being nice are all ways that an act of kindness can become a business liability. 

Below is a list of the top 10 mistakes that may lead to employment lawsuits. Keep in mind that this list will not apply to all employers, as regulations and collective bargaining agreements may override these general rules.

Click here to learn more.
It Pays to Shop Del Prado!
Photo: Andrea Swayne
Excerpt: Dana Point Times
Once again, there's proof that it pays to shop on Del Prado. 

The Shop Del Prado shop local Lantern District incentive program, created by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the city of Dana Point, presented another couple with their winnings June 16 in front of Jack's Restaurant & Bar on Del Prado Avenue. 

For every $10 spent at a Del Prado Avenue business, customers who turn in their receipts at the chamber office are given one chance at winning the annual drawing. 

Kenneth and Irene Braun of Dana Point are the June winners, thanks to a receipt they turned in from Jack's, one of their favorite eateries. 

The Brauns' winnings include an over-night stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, dinner for two at Jack's and a prize package from The District Salon.

Dana Point Trolley Hop Moves to Sundays
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon taking a ride on the new FREE Dana Point Trolley and support our local Dana Point businesses on the Sunday Trolley Hop.

Organized by the Dana Point Lantern District Alliance, the  Sunday Trolley Hop will include food specials from $6 and under and drink specials from  $5 and under.  To participate, you must purchase a $10 Dana Point Trolley Mug and present it at participating restaurants throughout Dana Point.  
Every Sunday through September 6, 2015 from noon until 5 PM

Participating Restaurants and Bars. Hours may vary by location 
(a full list will be available and updated daily at DanaPointLDA.com)  
How to get Your Mug:
Purchase online available now using your secure PayPal payment or credit card at DanaPointLDA.com; or In person at Dana Point LDA member locations: 
    • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar (949) 276-4990 
    • Luciana's Restaurant (949) 661-6500
    • Coffee Importers (949) 493-7773
    • JC Beans Coffee House (949) 496-4700
    • Brio Tuscany Grille (949) 443-1476 
    • Harbor Delicatessen (949) 496-0424 
    • Boneyard Caf? (949) 272-0782 
    • The Point (949) 464-5700 
For more information on what specials are being offered, questions about the event or to download the current flyer, visit DanaPointLDA.com.  
Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by
The Fountains at Sea Bluffs
Thursday, July 16th    5:30 - 7:30pm
25411 Sea Bluffs Dr.         $12 Members     $20 Non-Members
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Please join us for our upcoming July mixer, hosted by The Fountains at Sea Bluffs on Thursday, July 16th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying live music and delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host.
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. Valet parking will be available (tipping is encouraged).
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.
August Networking at Noon at The Point
  Thursday, August 6th   11:30am - 1:00pm
Blue Lantern Plaza    34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at  The Point Restaurant & Bar.

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


Every attendee gets 30 seconds to stand up and introduce themselves and their business - it's a great way to learn more about your fellow Chamber members and generate new business leads.

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

Welcome Our New Members!
24 Hour Fitness - Ocean Ranch

For more than 30 years, we've held fast to our mission of helping people improve their lives through fitness. We are passionate about inspiring and empowering our members to live fit and healthy, and you'll notice our commitment the moment you enter our Ocean Ranch club. 

Whether your goal is to build strength, get lean or simply shake things up, we'll show you the way to becoming your best with a complimentary health and fitness consultation for new members. Get fit and stay motivated with world-class group exercise classes for every level, one-on-one personal training services, and state-of-the-art strength, cardio and functional training equipment. Stay connected to healthy choices on the go with our free digital 24Life? Magazine, My24 mobile app, and special FIT: PERKS? deals on fitness and nutrition brands. 

Come in and try us free, or schedule an appointment at (949) 443-2440. We'll get you on your way to living your best.

Berkshire Hathaway California Properties:
Susan Helton

After a successful career in business and finance, Susan Helton's personable fun style led to her natural inclination and interest in architecture, home d?cor and working with people as a Realtor. Before entering real estate, Susan worked as a CPA and International Tax Specialist, beginning her career for Coopers and Lybrand, one of the Big 4 accounting firms. This gave her the skill set to understand and interpret the financial side of a real estate transaction from a high-level and unique position. 


Susan Helton's career change to residential real estate allowed her to combine her creativity and love of meeting people with her experience in finance. Susan provides a professional, strategic financial approach unmatched by her peers, and effortlessly partners that skill with an emphasis on friendly, personal client service that goes well beyond expectations. 


For Susan, the creation of a long-term relationship goes far beyond the individual transaction. Many of her highest-end clients delight in working with Susan repeatedly because she understands the logic of tax and finance (even for home owners who own multiple properties and investment properties), while still understanding the inherent importance of building a foundation for one's family and friends in the home of their dreams. 


Susan Helton is a Luxury Properties leader in the Monarch Beach office of Berkshire Hathaway California Properties, while still serving her clients in the greater Pasadena area after living and working there for several years. Susan's broad architectural and historical knowledge in each location helps homebuyers feel immediately acclimated, while home sellers know they've found a true partner who understands the eclectic and unique value of their homes. 


West Coast Flooring

Welcome to West Coast Flooring - Capistrano Store where you will find brand name hardwood-Tile-Carpet-Granite Laminate, floors and mouldings at competitive prices. And it's not just the price that sets us apart. We offer outstanding customer service. For example, we guarantee that we'll find you a qualified installer to suit your unique project. We stand behind our products and the workmanship. For +18 years we've been providing homeowners, builders, designers and architects with the very best flooring products available. We scour the globe for the latest trends in wood and have over one million square feet of wood flooring and moulding in stock - from hand-distressed to red oak. We carry it all. Before you visit our store showroom in Capistrano Beach, we invite you to sample our products through the latest Webcam technology. Simply call the store and tell us that you would like to "see" some samples. A salesman will display them via the webcam for you.


We value our customers and will help you find the right floor for your home and budget. Call now to learn about our daily specials and how West Coast Flooring can satisfy your unique wood flooring requirements right away! When you call West Coast Flooring, you can be sure that you are receiving the most professional and reliable tile service in Capistrano Beach-Orange County. We have 24 years of expertise, which ensures that you will receive the quality work you deserve. West Coast Flooring Tile guarantees the job will be done to your specifications on time, the first time.


Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2014

Olvera Research
Member Since 2007

Member Since 2012
Member Since 1987
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
July 11th Nature Interpretive Center Sunset Walk

Whale Walk & Talk 

Farmers Market - La Plaza

Dana Point Symphony
July 12th
Lantern District Alliance Trolley Hop

Dana Point Summer Concert Series
Sapadilla (Calypso, Reggae) & Surf's Up (Beach Boy Tribute)

July 13th Planning Commission Meeting
July 14th VFM Benefit Services

DPCC: Finance Committee Meeting
July 15th Arts & Culture Commission Meeting

Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair
July 16th DPCC: Third Thursday Mixer: The Fountains at Sea Bluffs 
July 18th Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center History Walk
July 19th Dana Point Summer Concert Series
Kelly Rae Country Band (Current Country) & Tony Suraci as the Highwayman (Willie/Waylen/Johnny/Kris)

Lantern District Alliance Trolley Hop
July 20th City of Dana Point: Community Blood Drive
July 21st DPCC Board of Directors Meeting

City Council Meeting

Ocean Institute's Family Science Nights
July 22nd Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair
July 23rd Senior Twilight Dinner
July 25th 2nd Annual Zuri Pet Spa & Resort Adoption and Fundraiser
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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