Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
May 20, 2015
PCH Trolley Service Coming to Dana Point This Summer
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 route will run from Capistrano County Beach at Coast Highway/Beach Road/Palisades Drive in Capistrano Beach to the Ritz Carlton and the Monarch St. Regis, where it will connect with the Laguna Beach trolley. Stops near major hotels, the Lantern District, Strand Beach (Selva), the Harbor, Doheny State Beach, Coast Highway timeshares, and Doheny Village, among other locations are included. This Trolley Route Map (PDF) link shows the entire route and stops in detail.

During the initial year, leased shuttles will be colorfully wrapped to look like "Woodys" to help attract customers. In order for the City to retain OCTA grant funds to operate the trolleys, each trolley must attain at least 10 boardings per hour. This equates to about 500 boardings per day. Assuming a successful initial year, the trolley provider will purchase new open air trolleys for summer long service thereafter. So we need everyone's help to make this first year successful!

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? Attend an informative forum featuring Brad Fowler, Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Dana Point on Thursday, June 11th at the Dana Point Community Center. Click here for more info.

Read more.
O.C. Supervisors Help Fund Dana Point Harbor Renovation Outreach Campaign
Excerpt from MyNewsLA.com

Orange County supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a little more than usual on an outreach campaign to let patrons know the Dana Point Harbor will be open during a renovation project expected to take five years. 

Former Dana Point Mayor and current Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, who represents the harbor, pushed to use $13,455 from a pot of money that is funded in part by revenue generated by the businesses at the harbor. The merchants have pledged to kick in an additional $6,000. 

The board also agreed to extend its contract for promotional activities for another two years with the Dana Point Harbor Association. The county and association have had agreements since 1975 to share the cost of promoting businesses at the harbor.

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.
Chamber Mixer Raffle Items Needed
We're looking for amazing raffle prizes for our upcoming 3rd Thursday Mixers. As a member of the Chamber, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to market yourself to our membership and to increase your customer base.

Get creative and show off the personality of your business - or better yet, partner with another member business and put together a great package deal!

Please contact us if you would like to make a donation for an upcoming mixer. Suggested minimum value for a raffle prize is $40.

As always, we are appreciative for our member's continued support.

Exclusively for Dana Point Chamber Members:
Save Up to 60% at Office Depot

Operating a business can be expensive and costly, especially for a small business. That's why we've launched the Office Depot Chamber Program, allowing you to receive discounts on products and services just for being a member of our Chamber! 
Register for your online Chamber Member business account with Office Depot and start saving online and in stores. You'll save up to 60% on 650 most commonly purchased business essentials, up to 70% savings on copy and print jobs and a 5% savings on most other items. You will also receive fast AND free shipping on orders of $50 or more and a special Store Purchasing Card for in-store purchases. 
This program is FREE to join for all Dana Point Chamber members. Take advantage of this member benefit along with the many savings opportunities your Chamber membership awards you, TODAY!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by California Bank & Trust 
Thursday, May 21st    5:30 - 7:30pm
24034 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point         $12 Members     $20 Non-Members
Please join us this Thursday, May 21st for our May mixer, hosted by   California Bank & Trust  , 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: Donut Star

FREE SCORE Workshop: Common Legal Questions for Start-up Businesses
Wednesday, June 3rd     6:00 - 9:00pm
Capo Beach Church     25975 Domingo Ave, Dana Point
New business owners often have questions regarding the formalities required to get their business off the ground. This seminar assists the small business owner in determining the best legal structure for their business. In addition, the seminar addresses the common types of contracts small business owners encounter and provides attendees with tips for entering contracts. Finally, the seminar will also touch on protecting the intellectual property of a small business.

June Networking at Noon Hosted by Olamendi's
Thursday, June 4th 11:30am - 1:00pm
34664 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members
We invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at  Original Olamendi's . Enjoy a delicious lunch with your fellow Chamber members while staring at the beautiful Pacific Ocean - what could be better than that?

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 $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Space is limited so register now - and don't forget your business cards!

Government Affairs Forum: Dana Point Trolley Info Session

Welcome Our New Members!
Pure Threading and Skin Boutique

We are your resource for better skin care and hair removal by providing alternate methods with natural ingredients. We offer the following services:  

  • Threading 
    We specialized in eyebrow shaping, upper lip, and whole-face threading hair removal.
  • Sugaring (arms, legs, bikini, Brazilian and more), 
  • Custom facials for all types of skin and a
  • Boutique full of skin care products, Sterling Silver Jewelry and Cashmere ponchos, scarves, and blankets from Nepal. 

We are sister team of Taini and Dana, both licensed estheticians. Dana recently returned from Nepal, where she spent years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Due to the recent devastation in Nepal, $1 from each product and service sold in May will be donated to Friends of Nepal, a Nepal Peace Corps Volunteer organization, in support of 2 hospitals in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Pure Threading and Skin Boutique is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm. 

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
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Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
May 21st DPCC Third Thursday Mixer: California Bank and Trust
May 23rd Aquafest 2015

Farmers Market
May 25th City of Dana Point and Dana Point Chamber Offices Closed

Memorial Day Event - Pines Park
May 28th Ribbon Cutting: Donut Star

Senior Twilight Dinner
May 30th Farmers Market

Dana Point Symphony
June 2nd City Council Meeting
June 3rd SCORE Workshop: Common Legal Questions For Start-up Businesses
June 4th Networking at Noon: Original Olamendi's
June 5th Movie in the Park - Big Hero
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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