Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
September 3, 2015
Doheny Village Planning Charette Begins September 8th
Excerpt from the Dana Point Times

A four-day planning charrette aimed at creating a land use plan and zoning code for upcoming development in the Doheny Village downtown area, is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Avenue in Capistrano Beach. 

The community workshop is the first in a series of four meetings with Opticos Design, Inc., the firm hired by the city to provide form-based code for the long-awaited revitalization plan for the neighborhood. The charrette will include daily design studio sessions where immediate feedback from the public will be gathered by Opticos to be used in the creation of a new zoning code. 

At the first meeting, Opticos will introduce the plan for the charrette and familiarize attendees with the "building form" first and "building use" second process of form-based code that will be used in the plan. 

The charrette will continue on Sept. 9 and 10 with public open studio time and a daily progress report from Opticos. These sessions will also be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capo Beach Church. 

On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the same location, Opticos will give a final presentation. that will lead to the actual creation of the new code. 

For more information, visit the city website or contact Economic Development Manager Cindy Nelson at 949.248.3519 or via email.
Celebrate the Dana Point Summer Trolley Success 
at this Sunday's Trolley Hop Finale
Since the service started on June 26, 2015, the City of Dana Point's Summer Trolley has been well received. Ridership includes summer youth, event goers, local residents on trolley hops/restaurant trips, hotel/timeshare visitors, etc. The Trolley service has helped to encourage our summer visitors to stay and spend their vacation dollars at local businesses. 

The Summer Trolley service was funded in part by OCTA grants. The OCTA grant funding stipulations required that a minimum of 10 boardings per vehicle per hour be achieved in order to retain the grant. We are happy to announce that, to date, the average boardings per hour are nearly double that, at approximately 19 boardings per vehicle, per hour. While the public has embraced the trolley, our local restaurants have gone above and beyond by banding together to create a Trolley Hop to encourage ridership and shopping locally. Every Sunday, riders who have purchased a special Trolley Mug have taken the Summer Trolley to participating restaurants to enjoy exclusive discounts on drinks and food. This program has been a big success highlighting the variety of our restaurants in Dana Point and encouraging our community to patronize businesses during off peak periods. 

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the City of Dana Point City Council and staff for their hard work in making the Summer Trolley a reality. According to the City, due to the success of the inaugural summer, the Dana Point Summer Trolley program will continue next summer and feature open air trolleys. This will be a huge boost for our community! 

To celebrate the last Sunday Trolley Hop, the Dana Point Lantern District Alliance is promoting an end-of-summer Trolley Hop Finale. Let's get together to celebrate the season's last Trolley Hop this Sunday from 12PM to 8PM. Click here to purchase a mug or learn about the specials being offered. 

See you on the Trolley!
What Have We Done For You Lately
Shop Del Prado The Chamber continues to promote the popular Shop Del Prado contest and accepts walk-in entries everyday! Recent June and July winners dined at The Shwack Beach Grill and shopped at Lantern Bay Interiors & Flooring. 

Friendly reminder that our #ShopDelPrado contest is still going on and this month's prize package is a good one! All you have to do is what you do best.... SHOP!

Coffee with the Chief Join us every other Monday morning for a donut as Lt. Russ Chilton hosts an informal Capo Beach/Doheny Village area development update. The regular meetings provide residents with a forum to voice their concerns and an opportunity for us to advocate for local business. 

Radio Interview Executive Director Heather Johnston sat down with KSBR 88.5 radio host Dawn Kamber this month to promote the city of Dana Point as well as the upcoming 38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot. The interview is scheduled to air in November. 

DPCC logo Professional Development Senior Operations Manager Vickie McMurchie traveled to Sacramento to attend an industry conference August 9-13. The Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) Academy provides an invaluable training program for chamber professionals. Go ahead: ask her a question, any question! 

Events The Legislative Luncheon featuring Congressman Darrell Issa on August 18 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa was a great success. 

Representing our Businesses This month, we attended the Doheny Village Outreach meeting on August 13 where members of the community participated in plans for Doheny Village's future. Other meetings we attended included the Dana Point Harbor Association and with our local area Chambers of Commerce partners. We meet on a regular basis with City and County staff, area groups and associations to ensure we stay connected with what's going on in our community. 

Helping to Navigate Rough Waters Finally, we are meeting weekly with members to help them navigate the changes that are occurring in Dana Point. Whether it is to discuss marketing plans, help look for relocation spaces or advocate on their behalf, the Chamber works every day to support our members.
Study: Workers Overwhelmingly Say
Flexible Work Hours Would Boost Their Loyalty
Excerpt from Ragan.com

Almost half of the American workforce will be working from home by 2016. Here's what you need to know about flexible work options.

Sixty-one percent of people say working from home would help them be more productive because they wouldn't have to deal with office politics, interruptions from colleagues and commuting stress, an infographic from Technology Advice says. 

More shocking is that 82 percent say they would be more loyal to their employers if they could work from home and enjoy other flexible work options. 

Employees want flexible work schedules and the ability to telecommute for work-life balance (74 percent), family (52 percent), health and wellness (52 percent) and to save time and stress (47 percent), among other reasons.

Can you relate? Read more.
Help Us Welcome our New Member Relations Coordinator,  Carla Weeks
Carla Weeks grew up in San Clemente, where both her parents where entrepreneur's running multiple businesses. She began participating in the running of these businesses at a young age, and after school she would work at (at least one of the business assisting her parents. Carla attended Saddleback College to further these skills and continued working with the family, successively managing and operating the family's antique store. "This is where my passions come from for business here in Dana Point", Carla states, "I understand how many hats a small business owner must wear in order to meet the ever changing and competitive market place." 

Carla has worked for both large corporations and 'mom and pop' companies throughout her career, and although she has enjoyed the interesting and individual challenges of both, she says, " being a small business is like being center stage with the light shining on you! Opportunities are endless!" 

"The great thing about the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is the support a community can give to each other and grow because of this backing. My determination in the Member Relations department is to provide; innovation, encouragement and support to our dynamic members. It really does take a village".

Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by RJ's Cafe
Thursday, September 17th  5:30 - 7:30pm
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Suite F120, Dana Point       $12 Members  $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our upcoming September mixer, hosted by RJ's Cafe on Thursday, September 17th 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.
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. 
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.

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.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
Help Us Welcome New Business to Dana Point!
Friday, September 18th  1:00 PM
392 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92672
October Networking at Noon at Brio Tuscany Grille
  Thursday, October 1st  11:30am - 1:00pm
24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA        $20 Members     $25 Non-Members
Join us on the first Thursday of the month for a delicious meal and the opportunity to network - all while supporting a great chamber member restaurant!  November's Networking at Noon will be held at Brio Tuscany Grille.

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!
Amy Elder Fitness
My clients get results! My name is Amy Elder and I've been a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified fitness trainer for over eight years. I have a passion for training people to achieve their fitness goals, no matter what that goal is. 

Taking fat burning pills and supplements, the Atkins diet, or following the latest fad video exercise is not going to burn off body fat, and keep it off for the rest of your life. It all comes down to having a fitness and nutrition program specifically designed for your body, and created by a qualified fitness trainer. Whether you are looking to gain lean mass, lose weight, or repair an injury, I have all the experience necessary to create you the program that will achieve your goals. 

Having food menus created by an experienced Fitness Trainer and specifically designed for your body is critical to the fat loss process! Weight training and cardio are really only about 30% of what it takes to achieve your goals. The most important part is what you are eating. Knowing the exact amount of calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat your body needs for maintenance, weight loss, and to gain lean mass. 

Unlike a lot of fitness trainers out there, I have many years experience designing menus for specific body types and fitness goals. Having an easy to understand menu that you can follow everyday really helps you stay on track and not over eat, or under eat.

Bonded Cleaners
Bonded Cleaners & Laundry, a longtime San Clemente cleaning and spot removal business has expanded to Dana Point. After 34 years in San Clemente and multiple requests from Dana Point residents who drive to the San Clemente location, owners Greg Suding and Scott English decided to open a shop in Dana Point not only to expand their business but also for the convenience of their loyal customers. 

The business' San Clemente location has been voted Best Cleaners in the the San Clemente Times "Best of San Clemente" issue since 2007, and the owners are hoping to leave a similar legacy in their new location. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Bonded Cleaners & Laundry's prime location on Pacific Coast Highway in the Dana Point Lantern District makes it easily accessible. 

In addition to the location, Bonded Cleaners & Laundry offers the same affordable and environmentally friendly services San Clemente customers have known for more than three decades. Customers can get a prepaid 10 percent discount if they pay when they drop off laundry. All of the equipment is up-to-date and air tension controlled.
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 1993

Dana Point Farmer's Market
Member Since 2009

Member Since 2012

Member Since 2011
Member Since 2013
Joe Muller, Civic Member
Member Since 2014

Member Since 2012

Surfrider Foundation
Member Since 2012

Member Since 2012
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
Sept. 5th Farmers Market & Craft Fair

Nature Interpretive Center - Nature Tour
Sept. 6th
Summer Trolley Hop Finale
Sept. 7th
Labor Day - City Hall & Chamber Offices Closed
Last Day of the Summer Trolley Service!
Sept. 8th  Doheny Village Planning Charrette - Public Open House Presentation

VFW Benefit Services
Sept. 9th
Doheny Village Planning Charrette - Public Open Studio

Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair - 
NEW HOURS 12pm - 6pm

DPCC: FInance Committee Meeting
Sept. 10th
Doheny Village Planning Charrette - Public Open Studio

Ritz Carlton Yappy Hour

South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Lingerie Paradis hosts Girls Night Out!
Sept. 11th - 13th 31st Annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
Sept. 11th 9/11 Heroes Run
Benefitting the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group & the Travis Manion Foundation 
Sept. 12th
Doheny Village Planning Charrette Public Open House - Closing Presentation

Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center - Sunset Walk

San Juan Capistrano Multi Cultural Arts Series 
presented by the SJC Friends of the Library
Sept. 14th City of Dana Point: Planning Commission Meeting
Sept. 15th DPCC: Board of Directors Meeting

City of Dana Point: City Council Meeting
Sept. 16th Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair - NEW HOURS 12pm - 6pm

City of Dana Point: Traffic Improvement Subcommittee Meeting
Sept. 17th Outlets at San Clemente Job Fair

DPCC: Third Thursday Mixer at RJ's Cafe
Sept. 18th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat featuring Assemblyman Bill Brough

DPCC: FoxLin Architecture- Ribbon Cutting
Sept. 19th - 20th Relay for Life in Dana Point
Sept. 19th California Coastal Cleanup Day
presented by Surfrider Foundation South OC Chapter
Featured Member Events
9/11 Heroes Run comes to Dana Point on Friday September 11th at Sea Terrace Park
Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Travis Manion Foundation will partner for a 9/11 Heroes 5K and Fun Run. 

WHERE: Sea Terrace Park 
WHEN: Friday, Sept 11, 2015 
4:30 p.m. Registration 
5:45pm Opening ceremonies 
6:00pm Race Launch 
7:15 Sunset Honor ceremony with bag pipe/luminary tribute to those lost on 9/11 and honoring all those 1st responders/vets/and active military since 

A portion of the race proceeds will come back to the Marines, Sailors and Families of the 5th Marine Regiment and Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. 
Register online today! 911HeroesRun.org
Coffee with Assemblyman Bill Brough
Presented by the Dana Point Civic Association
Surfrider Foundation South OC Chapter Seeks Volunteers for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Presents Laugh for Leathernecks - Monday, September 28th
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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