Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
October 15, 2015
Shop Del Prado Campaign a Success
The Shop Del Prado promotion, launched by the Chamber and the City of Dana Point this past January and ending this month, received an overwhelming response. With over $93,000 in purchases made to date, the promotion motivated the community to support businesses affected by the recent construction on Del Prado.

By offering a monthly Enter-to-Win, the Shop Del Prado campaign encouraged residents to shop and dine at affected businesses. Each Grand Prize package included a one-night stay at one of Dana Point's resorts, a meal for two at a local Dana Point restaurant and a recreational activity gift card with a total retail value from $350 to $750. The package changed monthly and included generous donations from area hotels, restaurants and retailers.

Word spread about the promotion throughout the community using joint social media messaging, print advertising and publicity. Area residents visited the Chamber office delivering receipts each month, submitting one entry per every $10 spent at Del Prado businesses. Monthly winners were presented with their Grand Prize certificates at the Del Prado business and photographed by the Dana Point Times. The Shop Del Prado Campaign was successful by increasing awareness of Del Prado businesses and encouraged our community frequent Del Prado businesses during construction.

A special thank you goes out the hotels, restaurants and retailers throughout Dana Point who donated prizes for the Shop Del Prado Campaign. It's rewarding to see how the City of Dana Point, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and our community came together to support the approximate 100 businesses along Del Prado during street construction.

Click here to view all of our Shop Del Prado prize packages and winners!
Running for a Cause - Dana Point Turkey Trot Chooses Family Assistance Ministries as Charity for 2015
We are elated to announce that we have selected San Clemente-based non-profit Family Assistance Ministries as this year's non-profit partner for the 38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot!

Family Assistance Ministries (FAM), a hunger and homeless prevention agency providing services in South Orange County, helps hundreds of households each year. FAM offers food and personal care items, financial assistance and transitional housing as well as life skills training to regain self-sufficiency. Currently, FAM is conducting a Job-Readiness Program prepping individuals in their program for positions at a new local shopping center, the Outlets at San Clemente, opening this fall. 

"We are thrilled to be partnering with FAM again. This will be our third year supporting this wonderful organization that does so much for the South County communities." said Heather Johnston, Executive Director of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. 

"We appreciate the generous spirit of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the community and all race participants," said Mary Gray Perdue, Executive Director of FAM. "Over 3,600 individuals seek assistance from FAM each month - and another 3,000 more over the holidays so we really rely on our partners and volunteers to assist those in need." 

A portion of each registration from the 38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot will be donated to FAM. Participants can also make an additional donation during the registration process or by visiting our Charity page.
Dana Point Chamber Seeking Networking at Noon 
& Mixer Hosts for 2016
Looking to get more people through your doors? 

We are currently searching for hosts for our 3rd Thursday Mixers and Networking at Noon events. Hosting an event allows you to promote your company/venue to business leaders in Orange County, is a fantastic networking opportunity, and also a way to showcase your services first-hand to fellow Chamber members. 

For more information on hosting an event, contact  Vickie or call 949-496-14555

Upcoming Chamber Events
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by The District Salon
TONIGHT  5:30 - 7:30pm
24452 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point       $12 Members  $20 Non-Members
Please join us tonight for our October mixer, hosted by the lovely ladies of The District Salon 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. Best of all, you'll have a chance to see how gorgeous Del Prado looks at night with all of the street improvements and on-street parking!
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.

November Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, November 4th   5:00 - 6:00pm
Brio Tuscany Grille     24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point
Do you know the value of your Chamber Membership? 
Are you looking to get the most of out of your membership?
Come to our New Member Orientation! Join us on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:00-6:00pm at Brio Tuscany Grille
We encourage new members, new employees and current members looking for a "refresher" course to attend this event. Attendees will receive your New Member Packet and plaque, plus you'll get a detailed presentation of your Chamber member benefits. This will be the last membership orientation of the year.

This orientation is your opportunity to meet Chamber staff, Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and fellow new members, while learning about all the exciting opportunities your Chamber membership offers you!  Click here to RSVP.
38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
Thousands of runners and spectators will descend on Dana Point Harbor for the 38th Annual Turkey Trot race, held on Thanksgiving morning - and we hope that you'll be one of them! The Dana Point Turkey Trot is Orange County's largest and most scenic Thanksgiving day race and is the premiere trot in Southern California. Experience for yourself the race that was named one of the top 3 destinations in the world for Thanksgiving by Fodor's Travel and a Must-Do 10K by Shape Magazine

Named one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become a Southern California tradition, attracting more than 17,000 participants, volunteers, friends and family, in its 5K, 10K and Kids' Gobble Wobble. All runners will receive a tech shirt and finisher medal. Festivities include a DJ, on course entertainment, a costume contest, photos with our mascot Drumstick and a health and wellness expo. 

We're currently  seeking vendors for our 2-Day Health & Wellness Expo, individuals or groups to  join our volunteer team of over 400, and as always we are always accepting banners to be placed along the race course promoting your business!  Contact the Chamber team if you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above.

The majority of our 17,000 participants are locals giving YOU a great opportunity to get involved with the South Orange County community! 

Our Turkey Trot is the perfect place to bring your family to run the race before you stuff your face - don't forget to  register you and your family for our 10K, 5K or Kids' Gobble Wobble 1 Mile race. See you on Turkey Day!

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Welcome Our New Members!
Sit Means Sit Dog Training
Sit Means Sit Dog Training is owned and operated by Marv and Marlene Pinckert. We are very excited to become new members of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. We have been working together as a team for many years training and preparing dogs for the AKC conformation rings. Our dogs have achieved Champion status and have been invited and participated in the AKC Nationals as seen on TV. Our family owned and operated a Sit Means Sit franchise in Colorado Springs and became one of the top producing franchises in the country successfully training over 1800 dogs. 

The Sit Means Sit Dog Training program is based on in-home one on one training with you and your pet. As a result of our training program many of our clients are able to prepare their dogs to become therapy dogs and/or service dogs. 

We are excited to bring this proven training technique to the Dana Point area. We look forward to helping our new Southern California clients achieve happy and obedient dogs.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2002

Chez Nevine
Member Since 2013

Member Since 1971
Dana Point Women's Community House
Member Since 2014
Member Since 2013

Member Since 2012

Turk's Restaurant & Bar
Member Since 1989

Member Since 2006
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
October 2015
Arts and Humanities Month
Oct. 15th DPCC Third Thursday Mixer - The District Salon
Oct. 16th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat featuring Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Senior Scam Stopper with Senator Pat Bates, Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum
Oct. 17th Del Prado Art Walk

Harbor Grill Celebrates Art & Humanities Month with the Art of Giselle Hicks

So Cal Woodie Show

Beachside Animal Hospital Supports the 2016 Olympic Welterwieght Hopeful

Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center History Walk

Dana Hills High School Carnival
Oct. 18th FAM Hunger Walk
Oct. 20th DPCC Board of Directors Meeting

City Council Meeting
Oct. 21st Open House: Senator Patricia C. Bates New 36th Senate District Orange County Office

Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair

Traffic Improvement Subcommittee Meeting
Oct. 22nd Senior Twilight Dinner
Oct. 23rd Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie
Oct. 24th Farmers Market

Doheny Halloween Haunt

Bulk Item Drop Off
Oct. 24th & 25th Dana Point Fine Arts Festival
Oct. 26th Planning Commission Meeting
Oct. 27th Ocean Water Quality Subcommittee Meeting
Oct. 28th SCORE Workshop: Handling Disability Issues at Work & Handling Discrimination/Harassment Claims

Capo Beach Farmers Market
Featured Member Events
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Halloween BOO Cruise 

iHOPE Golf Classic
Bella Collina - San Clemente
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Cast Your Vote: 8th Annual Best of Dana Point Voting is Now Open!
It's that time of year again! The Dana Point Times "Best of Dana Point People's Choice Lantern Awards" voting has begun! 

To vote, visit the  Dana Point Times website and click on the link on the right, entitled Vote Here: The Best of Dana Point. Make sure to direct your friends, family and customers to vote as well - every vote for your business helps!

Click here to download a "VOTE FOR US" flyer for you to use in your storefronts or in marketing materials to get the word out to all your customers. 

Polls close December 20th, 2015 at midnight.

Also, don't forget about your friendly Dana Point Chamber of Commerce when voting for "Best Customer Service." :)
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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