Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
August 6, 2015
Congressman Darrell Issa to Speak at South Orange County Chamber Luncheon

The Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano chambers of commerce have joined together to present a special Legislative Luncheon featuring Congressman Darrell Issa on Tuesday, August 18th. 


Guests at the event will have the chance to meet the congressman and hear him speak about his role serving the four cities in the House of Representatives. Congressman Issa will address his constituents in the 49th District and provide an update on legislative happenings in DC and will conclude the afternoon by fielding questions from citizens. 


The luncheon will take place from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, located at 25135 Park Lantern in Dana Point. 


The cost to attend the event is $55 per person and includes a plated lunch and dessert. 


RSVPs are required by Friday, August 14th. 


Advanced reservations are necessary!

Tickets will not be available at the door, and must be pre-purchased. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets or call the Chamber office at 949.496.1555 to make your reservations. 

Doheny Village Plan Community Open House
On August 13 from 5PM - 7PM at Capo Beach Church, the City of Dana Point is holding a community open house for all those interested in the progress of the Doheny Village Plan. 

The City has engaged the firm of Opticos Design, Inc. to assist in finalizing the land use plan and developing a new zoning code to guide future development in the area. The open house is intended to introduce Opticos to the community, provide an introduction to the type of zoning code intended for the area (form based code), and identify the next stages leading toward completion of the Plan. 

The City and Opticos will return September 8-12 for an intensive, 4-1/2 day design charrette. Community members and interested stakeholders will be encouraged to attend the open design studio to review the work being done by Opticos and provide valuable feedback. The effort concludes on September 12 at 10:00 am where Opticos will share their planning work leading to the actual creation of the new code. 

Opticos Design, Inc. is at the forefront of creating form-based codes that encourage the development of buildings and properties to provide for a walking village environment. They blend the best from the past with the innovative ideas from the present to produce "contextually rich, architecturally sound and aesthetically pleasing results."

For more information on the Doheny Village Plan, or to be updated on community meetings, please contact Cindy Nelson, Economic Development Manager at 949.248.3519 or by email.
Businesses Sought to Participate in 
Arts & Humanities Month in Dana Point

In celebration, the City would like to highlight all cultural activities taking place during October 2015: 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. 

Dana Point Summer Trolley Extends Hours & Adds Stops
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What Have We Done For You Lately
  • Doheny Village Outreach for the Business Community. A big thank you to the City of Dana Point and Policies services for giving our businesses an update on improvements and future projects in Doheny Village. Please attend the August 13 from 5PM - 7PM at Capo Beach Church community meetings to give your input on Doheny Village's future.
  • Lantern District updates. Staff members attended two workshops presented to property and business owners along Del Prado by the City of Dana Point. Each workshop presented an overview of the projects in development coming to Dana Point and allowed business and property owners to voice questions and concerns as the project nears completion.
  • Coffee with the Chief in Capo Beach/Doheny Village is an update for residents and businesses by Chief of Police Services, Lieutenant Russ Chilton. Join the Chief every other Monday to hear what's happening and voice any concerns you have about happenings in the area.
  • We advocated for our local restaurants at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting. With the Dana Point Harbor Association President, we attended a recent Board of Supervisor's meeting and advocated on behalf of our restaurants to request increased health inspections and implored the Board to deny a motion to switch to letter grading. It was agreed that the current Pass/Fail system will remain and restaurant inspections will increase to 2-3 inspections per year.
  • The Chamber was out in force at the City of Dana Point's 1st Annual National Night Out at Pines Park. A big thank you to Police Services for organizing this community event.
  • Happy 200th Birthday Richard Henry Dana Jr. We attended the 200th Birthday Celebration of Richard Henry Dana Jr. aboard the brig Pilgrim, presented by the Dana Point Historical Society.
  • Dana Point is getting recognized! The City of Dana Point's partnership with the Orange County Visitors Association has led to several groups of journalist from Dubai promoting Dana Point as a destination.
  • The new Dana Point Destination Guide and Business directory is here! The Chamber staff has been busy distributing the guide to our local hotel properties and tourist areas. Additionally, the guide has also been delivered to thousands of Dana Point households and is the primary piece of collateral sent to new businesses, people relocating and potential visitors to Dana Point. Yup, you read that right! We distribute THOUSANDS of theses guides and as a member, your business is included in the guide. A big thank you to the staff of the Dana Point Times for all their hard work on our new Destination Guide.
Dana Point Chamber Seeking
Networking at Noon & Mixer Hosts for 2016

picture by Montgomery Photography
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
August Networking at Noon at The Point
  TODAY   11:30am - 1:00pm
Blue Lantern Plaza    34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us today for Networking at Noon at  The Point Restaurant & Bar.

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. 

Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
Help Us Welcome New Business to Dana Point!

TOMORROW, August 7th  3:00 PM
32392 Coast Highway, Suite 190, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

Thursday, August 13th  4:00 PM
34183 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629

Thursday, August 20th  12:00 PM
34255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by the City of Dana Point
Thursday, August 20th    5:30 - 7:30pm
33282 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point       $12 Members  $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our upcoming August mixer, hosted by the City of Dana Point on Thursday, August 20th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, meet our City Council members, 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 catered by many of our member restaurants located on Del Prado.
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.
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. 

Mark Your Calendar: Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, September 2nd   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, September 2nd 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 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.
Welcome Our New Members!
It's All About the Cake

It's All About The Cake is a family owned and operated bakery, and like to think of our clients as an extended part of the family. When you enter our bakery we are welcoming you into our home. We specialize in custom wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, small desserts and pastries for the last 17 years for our local community. We enjoy creating edible works of art to make your event more memorable and unique no matter how big or small. No parties coming up? Come join us at our café for an espresso and croissant and relax on our patio, it's truly a treat! 


Our hours of operation are 9am to 5pm Monday through Sunday. We are located at 24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Suite B100 on the corner of Dana point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. Looking to place an order or schedule a cake tasting? Call us at 949.240.7100 and ask to speak with a designer, we would be happy to assist! 



LagunaBeach.com connects the world to your business. We offer targeted site placement, customized social media marketing, native advertising (interviews/advertorials, editorials), video posts, featured events promotions, Event coordination, Media correspondence, Photography/Video & Production Coverage, Public presentations, Media support and advisement, Social Media Promotion & Support, Graphic Designer to create marketing materials, Introductions to Key businesses & personnel throughout Southern California-the OC & Los Angeles 


Our site is further leveraged by interesting blogs. Not to mention our robust Social Media has over 30,000+ on FB alone...and we are #1 in engagement. F


or more details on valuable advertising opportunities and to promote your business to our engaged and affluent audience, please contact Gina Waggener, VP of Sales & Marketing at (949) 276-1999 or email.


Reflections Hair Salon

Reflections Hair Salon is a family-owned, newly renovated salon inthe heart of Dana Point in Lantern Bay Village next to Ralphs and Rite Aid. As a full service salon, Reflections offers a variety of services including haircuts for men, women, and children. We also offer color, highlights, keratin treatments, special event updos, styling, professional makeup and waxing. Walk-ins are encouraged! Our current stylists include Niki (Wyman) Madrigal, Jessi Wyman, Francy Ortiz, Lena Johannsen, Kelly Collins, Lauren Severino and Clem Ahia. Stop by or call to book an appointment with one of our welcoming and talented stylists. 


Mention this article and receive 20% off of your first visit. 


We look forward to making you feel pampered and looking gorgeous! 

Reflections Salon is actively seeking experienced hair stylists to join our team.


What a Dish Ca fé and Catering

What a Dish Café and Catering is family owned and operated and like to think of our guests as an extended part of the family. When feeding our family, whether it be ours or yours, we have always placed an importance on sustainable, organic and seasonal foods. With a combination of these ingredients, we believe health and happiness will follow. We thank each and every one of our guests for their support over the last 16 years allowing us to expand our catering menu to the public. 


Come and join us for breakfast and lunch any day of the week 9am to 3pm... bottomless mimosas anyone? 


Still hungry? What A Dish offers happy hour from 3pm to 6pm and we serve dinner until 9pm Thursday through Sunday. Come check out our seasonal dinner menu and featured winery, truly a hidden gem and just right across from the historic Dana Point Harbor. 


Located at 24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Suite B100 on the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. Looking to place a reservation or inquire about catering? Call us at 949.276.4884 and we can tell you how we can help make your event more memorable! 


Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Allie Brook, Civic Member
Member Since 2014

Dana Point Clock Tower Building
Member Since 1987

Member Since 2012

Member Since 1979
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
August 6th DPCC Networking at Noon: The Point
August 7th Ribbon Cutting: Edward Jones, Geoff Fellows
August 8th Farmers Market

Whale Walk & Talk-Nature Interpretive Center
August 9th Dana Point Summer Concert Series
The Who Show (Who tribute) & Led Zepagain (Led Zepplin tribute)

Lantern District Alliance Trolley Hop
August 10th Dana Point Planning Commission Meeting
August 11th VFW Benefit Services

DPCC Finance Committee Meeting
August 12th Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair
August 13th Ribbon Cutting: Bonded Cleaners & Laundry

Doheny Village Plan Community Open House

South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Ritz Carlton Yappy Hour
August 14th Ocean Institute Bioluminescence Night Cruise
August 15th Monarch Beach Rotary Lobster Fest

Ocean Institute Adventure Sail

Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center History Walk

Ocean Institute Bioluminescence Night Cruise
August 16th Dana Point Summer Concert Series
The Kelly Fitzgerald Band (Blend of Folk/Blues?Rock) & Gino Walker & The Gang with Special Appearance by Derek Bordeaux and Vivian Ross (Funk & Soul Celebration)

I Heart Yoga Grand Opening

Lantern District Alliance Trolley Hop
August 18th DPCC Board of Directors Meeting

Congressman Darrell Issa's Legislative Luncheon

Ocean Institute's Family Science Nights
August 19th Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair

Traffic Improvement Subcommittee Meeting
August 20th Ribbon Cutting: Fitness Together

DPCC Third Thursday Mixer at City Hall

Ocean Institute's 11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle Early Bird Deadline
August 22nd City of Dana Point's Emergency Preparedness Expo
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!
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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