Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
June 12, 2013
Coastal Chamber's Legislative Coalition Luncheon
Last Chance to Register! 
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 Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach will provide updates on their respective cities.


We have a very limited amount of seats left to this event, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible as this event will sell out - registration closes at noon on Thursday, June 13th.


Smart Energy Solutions from SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Customer Assistance Programs provide support to more than 300,000 customers in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The programs help customers who are having a difficult time paying their bills; customers with medical conditions that require high-energy equipment; and low-income customers who want to install energy efficiency upgrades in their homes. 


Learn more about how SDG&E is connecting its customers to smart energy solutions.

Member Spotlight: Chick's Plumbing
Chick's Plumbing Gives to Oklahoma Tornado Victims 
Chick's Plumbing began in 1975 by surfing champion, Charles (Chick) Edmondson. Chick's son, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Ronda took over as owners when Chick retired in 1994. Chick's Plumbing specializes in residential and commercial plumbing in the South Orange County area.
The proud recipient of several awards, Chick's Plumbing won the Ethics in America Award in 1999. In 2005 they won Dana Point's Business of the Year Award. 
Community oriented, Chick's Plumbing is very involved in the South Orange County area. They have participated in chambers of commerce, historical committees, charity events, high school scholarships, and baseball leagues. They believe in giving back to the communities that they serve and helping others as well.
During the months of June and July, 2013, Chick's Plumbing will donate a percentage of all paid service calls to the victims of the Oklahoma Tornado. Fifty-one people died, over 230 people were injured and 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornado. Chick's Plumbing will send the money to a fund established specifically for the Oklahoma tornado victims by Samaritan's Purse to assist with medical bills, food, water, clothing and the rebuilding of homes. 
Kenny's Music Store Receives NAMM's 
Top 100 Dealer Award for Third Straight Year

Congratulations are in order to Kenny & Kimberly Williams of Kenny's Music Store for receiving the 2013 Top 100 Dealers Award for a third straight year in a row by the National Association of Musical Merchants (NAMM)!

"The NAMM retailers that made the Top 100 this year are creating the future of the music business," said Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM. "These retailers enthusiastically bring the tools of music making into their communities in innovative ways. They grow with their customers. They enrich their neighborhoods. They are the ambassadors who encourage people of all ages to get out there and just play."

The top musical instrument, product and sound retailers from around the globe will be recognized at this year's Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee. During the award show in Nashville, excellence in seven categories will be recognized, and the 2013 Dealer of the Year will be crowned. 

"We are so delighted to receive the Top 100 Dealers Award once again," said Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams, who owns and operates Kenny's Music with his wife, Kimberly. "This proves that hard work and perseverance really do pay off in the end. With all we've been doing, we really think we have a good chance at winning Dealer of the Year, so we're keeping our fingers crossed."

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed for Kenny's Music Store to win Dealer of the Year - but in the meantime stop by the store and tell Kenny, Kimberly and the entire staff of Kenny's "Congratulations!"
Upcoming Chamber Events
3rd Thursday Mixer 
Hosted by Paul's TV
June 20th  5:30 - 7:30pm
32932 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite E

Please note the venue change.
Due to a scheduling conflict, our June Mixer is now being held at Paul's TV
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. 

The cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.

July's Networking at Noon
Hosted by Tavern on the Coast
July 11th 11:30am - 1:30pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Tavern on the Coast.

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!

Please note, due to the July 4th holiday, July's Networking at Noon will be held on the second Thursday, July 11th.

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!

36th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot 

Registration Now Open! 


Known for its scenic coastal routes, beautiful weather, and family-friendly activities, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting more than 16,000 participants, to its 5K, 10K, Kids' Gobble Wobble, and two-day health and wellness expo.


When you sign up for Turkey Trot you are signing up to participate in what Fitness Magazine has called "one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs."  To help get you motivated, register for Turkey Trot through the end of the month and save $5 off the 5K/10K* registration fees. 


*No need to enter an additional promo code - the discount has already been applied. Discount does not apply to Kids' Gobble Wobble registration price. 
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. 
Please contact us if you would like to make a donation for an upcoming mixer. As always, we are appreciative for our member's continued support.

Welcome Our New Members!

As a double board certified general surgeon and surgical intensivist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), Dr. Anne Luhan focuses her expertise on the efficacious thermoablation treatment of varicose veins, an in-office procedure with minimal pain and maximum results. Varicose Veins are a hugely underdiagnosed and undertreated field and Dr. Luhan is raising awareness in conjunction with the national campaign of Rethink Varicose Veins.
Dr. Luhan's vision of healthcare is proactive, instead of reactive. She focuses on training your health, instead of waiting until the disease needs treatment. Unlike a traditional primary care practice, Dr. Luhan takes the time to get to know her patients on an individual level. She is excited to get to know you, your goals, your risk profile and to track your results towards a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Torch 1975, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to support and serve America's Veterans. The mission of the organization is 'ECHO': Educate; Connect; Heal; and Optimize situations for veterans dealing with readjustment issues, employment, educational assistance, scholarships, and family planning. The organization was founded by Jessica Nguyen, a POW's daughter, and was later joined by Colonel Joe Snyder - a retired Marine and former Mayor of Dana Point.
Torch 1975 Inc. will be hosting the President Ford Centennial Birthday and Operation Babylift Reunion Celebration from July 12-15, 2013.
The event will kick off on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 am with a tribute to President Ford and reenactment of the events that took place on April 5, 1975. All events are open to the public and include a panel discussion from reunited veterans and refugees from Operation Babylift on Sunday, July 14 at the OC Sailing & Events Center.  The Gerald R. Ford Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 15 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano.
Torch 1975 is actively accepting corporate sponsorship for this year's event. To get involved please contact Jessica Nguyen via email.
You can learn more about event schedule and details here. Guests can register for Gerald Ford Centennial Gala and Operation Babylift Reunion event by visiting Torch 1975's website
Schafer Consulting

Schafer Consulting is a minority, woman-owned company founded in 1999 to provide Management and Information Technology (IT) consulting services to the public sector, Tribal Nations and non-profit organizations. 

Nancy Schafer, C.P.A. leads this Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm of highly experienced financial and IT consultants dedicated to the review, selection and implementation of ERP systems with emphasis in the areas of government reporting, compliance, grant administration, procurement, project costing, tax and revenue management, fixed assets, contract management, budgeting, human resources and payroll.

Schafer Consulting can provide you with business advice, enterprise resource planning (ERP), graphic design and web services.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2008
Member Since 2009
Member Since 1988
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Olvera Research
Member Since 2007
Paula Becker, Civic Member
Member Since 1999
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Member Since 1999

Member Since 2012

Norm Denton, Civic Member
Member Since 2012
Original Olamendi's
Member Since 2012
Member Since 1987
Ruth Clark, Civic Member
Member Since 1988
Member Since 2009
Community News & Events
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa Father's Day Specials
This month only, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa will be featuring specials every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Two for Tuesday's 
Massage and Facial for $240.00. Based upon availability. 
Wednesday Special 
20% off any regularly priced treatment of your choice. Based upon availability. Restrictions apply. 
For more information or to make a reservation please visit our website or call us at 949-487-7576. 
June 20th is International Surfing Day 
Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter Invites You to Come Together in Celebration of the Great Sport of Surfing.

In celebration of International Surfing Day (ISD), Surfrider's South Orange County Chapter will host their annual event on the first day of Surfing America's USA Championships at Lower Trestles, San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, CA. 

Founded by the Surfrider Foundation and SURFING Magazine, ISD unites surfers worldwide, and encourages ocean enthusiasts to join Surfrider volunteers to help protect our oceans, waves and beaches by participating in family-friendly events. 

ISD started in 2005 with only 16 domestic and one international location and has grown to over 200 events in 30 countries always held each year on 6/20. Along with local brand partner Ocean Minded, Surfrider SOC will host a beach BBQ, beach clean-up, giveaways and contest viewing of the best amateur surf talent in the United States.

Click here for full press release.

Wine Tasting & Retirement Planning
Hosted by Cornerstone Wealth Advisors & Barrett Solutions
June 26th    5:00pm
Get Your Tickets Now for The Butler Did It
First 10 Chamber Members to RSVP will receive a 2 for 1 coupon (good for any performance night). Remember to mention that you're a Chamber member!

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