Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
March 5, 2013
City Council Approves Five-Phase
Town Center Construction Plan
The Dana Point City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a five-phase construction plan to kick-start the Town Center Project.

The revitalization plan aims to make downtown Dana Point a pedestrian friendly destination through a series of public improvements and streetscape changes-like the conversion of Del Prado Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway to two-way streets between Blue Lantern and Copper Lantern. 

Plans consist of widened sidewalks, right-of-way road features, bus stop improvements, landscape beautification and general infrastructure upgrades.
Dana Point's Single-Use Plastic
Carry-Out Bag Ban Taking Effect in April
On February 21 , 2012, the City of Dana Point joined nearly 50 other California cities and jurisdictions in adopting a Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Bag Restriction Ordinance. The intent of the ordinance is to significantly reduce the environmental impacts related to single-use plastic carry-out bags and promote a major shift towards the use of reusable bags. 

The City of Dana Point's Single-Use Bag Restriction Ordinance (DPMC 12-04) goes into effect on April 1, 2013 for businesses earning in excess of $4 million in annual taxable sales and October 1, 2013 for all other affected businesses which include grocery stores, convenience stores, mini-marts, liquor stores, drug stores, pharmacies, retail stores, vendors and non-profit vendors selling clothing and/or personal items.

Wondering if this bag ban will affect your business, or interested in learning more? Contact Jennifer Anderson in Public Works & Engineering Services at (949) 248-3571 or janderson@danapoint.org.
Meet the Chamber's New Membership Operations Manager: Nick Ljubic

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is elated to announce that we have hired Nick Ljubic as Membership Operations Manager!

Nick comes to us from the Vista Chamber of Commerce where he was Director of Sales and Membership.  He has extensive experience in generating new memberships, creating and fostering membership retention programs, running membership and ambassador committees, event planning and sponsorship sales.  


Prior to working for the Vista Chamber of Commerce, Nick owned his owned small business and was on the Vista Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where he was Vice Chairman. Nick has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University San Marcos. He is a native of Southern California and is very excited to join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.  


Please join us in welcoming Nick to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.
Member Spotlight: Kenny's Music
Member Spotlight: Kenny's Music
Kenny's Music takes great pride in offering music lessons for many instruments including guitar, bass, ukulele, strings, piano & keyboards, woodwinds, brass and voice. Kenny's staff consists of some of Orange County's best music instructors who not only teach, but are professional musicians who perform locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to lessons, Kenny's offers a wide assortment of high quality musical instruments, both for the beginner as well as the seasoned professional. Click above to learn a little bit more about what Kenny's Music has to offer!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Dana Point Restaurant Week
March 1 - 10

In conjunction with the 42nd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of Dana Point's Restaurant Week, which is taking place now through Sunday, March 10th. 

Some of Dana Point's most talented chefs have personalize their menus to celebrate the Festival of the Whales. Whether you're a local, or just visiting, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try new places, enjoy a romantic dinner, or meet up with a group of friends to dine out in Dana Point! 

We invite you to enjoy a week of fabulous dining - make your reservations now!

Learn more about the participating restaurants and view their special Restaurant Week menus.
Networking at Noon
March 7   11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Wine Bistro
Join us on the first Thursday of the month for a delicious meal and the opportunity to network, discuss your business with others and generate new business leads - all while supporting a great chamber member restaurant! 

March's Networking at Noon will take place at  The Wine Bistro.

The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and includes lunch, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Our Networking at Noon events are becoming increasingly popular make sure you RSVP now!

Ribbon Cutting 2
Ribbon Cutting - Vorteil Dermatology
March 15    2:00pm
33971 Selva Road, Suite 200
Dana Point, CA 92629

Help us welcome our new member  Vorteil Dermatology to the neighborhood and to the Dana Point Chamber!  Established in 2012, Vorteil is the first and only dermatology and aesthetic medicine center devoted exclusively to men. Come introduce yourself and meet our new members while learning about all the services Vorteil Dermatology offers!

Welcome Our New Members!
Avery Automotive

Family Assistance Ministries

Family Assistance Ministries of South Orange County was founded in 1999 by Ellen Gilchrist to continue to accommodate the 135 families that the Episcopal Service Alliance could no longer serve. Now, Family Assistance Ministries is providing food, shelter, and client aid to thousands of people in South Orange County. We provide shelter, utility assistance, transportation assistance, medical, dental, prescriptions assistance, financial counseling and courses as well as collaborating with other social services organizations to provide referrals and medical screenings, immunizations, eye glasses, and much more!

New Vision Theatre Company

New Vision Theatre Company is starting operation in Dana Point in March of 2013.  


We plan:

*   6 or 7 theatrical productions a year focused on small cast dramas/comedies with small musicals occasionally.  Ticket prices will be $20 with discounts for seniors and students.

*    Classes for all ages with Emmy nominated producer / director Pamela Peak, former lead singer of Sha Na Na Johnny Contardo and NVTC staff as instructors.

*   Summer programs and camps with emphasis on small class size.

*   Other entertainment including:          
    Acoustic concerts or open mic nights Focused on Original Work 
    Poetry / Spoken word     Reader's Theatre     Artist support 


Click here to follow New Vision Theatre Company on Facebook and receive all of their updates. 

iwritewords Copyrights and Editing Services 
Sometimes a picture isn't worth a thousand words. Sometimes you need a written explanation. I specialize in providing those explanations with copywriting for your business. I save you time, money, and frustration by putting your ideas into an easy, readable format. 

Do you need writing or editing for your business's marketing brochures, annual reports, technical and research articles, directories, catalogs, and websites? 

Do you need to produce and send out media and publicity releases? 

Do you have a book or professional journal article in the back of your mind? 

Do you need help with a whole business package? 

Do you have time to do it all yourself? Most business people don't. That's where I come in. I am on time and on budget. I am reasonably priced. I have over 25 years of writing experience as a professional copywriter. You will have a written estimate up front with costs, estimated time to produce your project, and a guarantee that it will be done by a reasonable deadline.

Our first consultation is free and Chamber members receive a 20% discount on your first project.

Learn more.
Thank You to our Renewing Members!

Alice Anderson, Civic Member
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Bill Brough, Civic Member
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Joe Soto, Civic Member
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