Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
May 22, 2014
Reserve Your Spot in the 2014/2015
Dana Point Destination Guide

Take advantage of this special resource guide. This is a great opportunity to get your name in front of *31,500 residents, visitors and businesses alike! 
*2.1 readers per 15,000 distributed copies

(off rate-card).
With the promise of summer comes the promise of another great business-building publication from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce - the 2014-2015 Destination Guide and Business Directory. This full-color, glossy publication features a calendar of events, an extensive list of things to do and see, a section dedicated to highlighting hotel amenities, meeting facilities and wedding venues, Chamber benefits, a member directory and much more.

The Dana Point Times has once again partnered with the Chamber to produce and distribute this beautifully designed, colorful directory of all things Dana Point. A digital version will also be downloadable atwww.danapointtimes.com & www.danapointchamber.com all year long! 

The deadline to reserve space is June 13; so hurry and stake a claim to your share of some of the best print visibility available for advertising your business. 
For more information email Lauralyn Loynes 
or call (949)388-7700 extension 102

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!
Community Engagement Panel to Meet Tonight on Nuclear Plant Decommissioning
The public is invited to attend tonight's regular meeting of the Community Engagement Panel (CEP) formed to advise the co-owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant on decommissioning the facility. The meeting will be from 6-9 p.m. at The Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills. 
Southern California Edison (SCE) and the co-owners of the nuclear plant established the CEP to serve as a conduit of information between the owners and the public throughout decommissioning. One of the early regulatory steps in that process is submitting to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a detailed plan to manage the nuclear plant's used nuclear fuel. The CEP will discuss this plan, called an Irradiated Fuel Management Plan.
Member Spotlight:
Dana Wharf 
Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Located in the OC Dana Point Harbor, Dana Wharf has offered sport fishing and whale watching excursions to residents and visitors of the area for over 40 years. Founder Don Hansen began working for San Clemente Sportfishing in the 1960s. He later bought the business and moved it to the Dana Point Harbor (and changed the name to reflect its new home) when the Harbor opened in 1971. As the first business in the Dana Harbor, Dana Wharf Sportfishing set the precedent for the future of tourism there.

Dana Wharf celebrated their 43rd anniversary last week, and are currently in their 30th year of membership with the Dana Point Chamber. 

Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
In 1961, Don Hansen ran a sportfishing boat and provided whale watching adventures off the San Clemente Pier. In 1971 San Clemente Sportfishing was re-christened Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, becoming the first operating business in the Harbor. 

With a fleet of vessels, including the flagship 95 ft. Dana Pride and the 65 ft. luxurious Ocean Adventures Catamaran, we escort individuals, groups and private charters on whale watching, harbor cruises and sportfishing adventures every day. Every captain is an expert navigator and a Certified Naturalist by the American Cetacean Society. Each adventure is narrated by captains who are eager to share their passion for marine mammals.

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce?
We are proud to be celebrating our 30-year birthday with the Chamber this year! It is not only good business to be an active member of the chamber, it is our responsibility to support the business community. The Chamber is integral in promoting the city and its businesses to locals and visitors around the world.

In what areas of the Chamber are you involved?
Dana Wharf is committed to supporting the Chamber, specifically Tourism. Educating tourism professionals about Dana Point is imperative, as many businesses rely on tourism revenue. We also work to promote special events and our Charter Director is a Chamber Ambassador. Both Don Hansen and co-owner Donna Kalez have previously held positions in the Chamber.

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know?
The Honorable Don Hansen is the United States Tuna Commissioner - appointed by both Presidents Bush and Obama.

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners?
Support the community and they'll support you. Don't just join, be involved!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Networking at Noon - Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar
Thursday, June 5th   11:30am - 1:00pm
24582 Del Prado Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Luxe Restaurant & Martini 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 generate new business leads - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant! 

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. 

Space is limited so register now - and don't forget your business cards!

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June Mixer - The Fountains at Sea Bluffs
Thursday, June 19th   5:30pm - 7:30pm
25411 Sea Bluffs Dr, Dana Point, CA 
$12 Members     $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our upcoming June mixer, hosted by The Fountains at Sea Bluffs on Thursday, June 19th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying live music and delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host.
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. Valet parking will be available (tipping is encouraged).
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.

Welcome Our New Members!
Friends of the Dana Point Library
The Friends of the Dana Point Library was organized in 1976, one year after the opening of the Dana Point Library, the "Library by the Sea". Our logo emphasizes the sea, the Headlands, and Richard Dana after whom the town is named. Our newsletter is aptly called "The Sea Scribe". 

Our goals are: 
  • To create public awareness and support for the library facilities and programs. 
  • To further understanding and communication between the library and the community. 
  • To establish a means to receive economic gifts, services, and endowments for the sole benefit of the Dana Point library. 

Funds raised by the Friends are principally spent on library needs in consultation with the library staff. The 2014 budget calls for over $110,000 to be spent on library refurbishments, programs and collections. We sell community donated books at the library book store.and at participating stores and receive monetary donations from groups and individuals. We have an all-inclusive rule of membership, are self-governing and self-staffing. We welcome new members.

Prentice Realty

Prentice Realty specializes in a client based business platform dedicating up to 30% of our broker's commission to pay our client's non-recurring closing costs. For example, a $400,000 home, paying a 2.5% commission, reflects a $3000 benefit back to our clients at close of escrow. $3000 that is not an out of pocket expense for them. $3000 to cover title, escrow, and other non-recurring costs. 

We are a family business, a mother/son team, with a combined experience of 30+ years in the Real Estate Industry. Before becoming the Owner / Agent of Prentice Realty, Kevin Prentice worked 20 years as a general contractor. Marsha Prentice is the Broker/Agent of Prentice Realty, and is also a mortgage broker holding a license in CA, WA, and OR. With a superb and diverse knowledge of real estate and the real estate industry, we come prepared to deliver the highest quality of service, expertise, and financial benefit to our clients. Visit our website or contact Kevin at 949-732-0342 or Marsha at 949-419-7992 for your real estate needs.

Riviera Coastal Properties 
Agent Linda Mayhart 
I am delighted to be a part of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. I am a REALTOR and Broker Owner of RIVIERA Coastal Properties, a boutique real estate services company. I offer a full-service agency, including: coastal sales, residential real estate sales, vacation rentals, property management and leasing services. 

With over 12 years of real estate experience, and over 16 years Fortune 500 sales & technology experience, I bring to my clients a well-rounded approach to real estate and an innate talent for providing exceptional customer service for a seamless real estate transaction. look forward to meeting you soon!
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
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Community News & Events
Enjoy Fun For the Whole Family This Memorial Day Weekend at Laguna Cliffs Marriott

Beginning Memorial weekend the Laguna Cliff's Marriott Kahuna Laguna Kid's Club will open and their acclaimed Vue Restaurant will be offering a Family Dinner buffet.

Kahuna Laguna Kid's Club, located next to the Del Mar Pool, welcomes children ages 5 -12 seasonally for supervised arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities, poolside fun and we encourage all to play in our newly renovated splash zone. Full-day and half-day sessions are available.

Dana Point Harbor Boat Show
May 29 - June 1, 2014 
Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Bet on Kids at Annual Fish for Life Fundraiser
May 30th    6:00 PM       Talega Golf Course Clubhouse

To register, contact Fish for Life founder Jim Holden
at 949.258.8819 or visit the
Fish for Life website.
Ocean Institute Events in June


World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 8

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Ocean Institute:

  • Investigate the oceans of the world
  • Discover unusual animal adaptations through hands-on activities
  • Learn about the importance of the ocean for different cultures, past and present
  • Ponder ways you can help preserve nature's beauty
  • Listen to explorers and mad scientists explain myths and legends of the seas

Activities are included with general weekend admission.  For more information, visit www.ocean-institute.org


Father's Day Cruises and Sails

Sunday, June 15

Treat your dad to an exciting voyage at sea!  Spaces fill quickly; click here to register or for more info.

Blue Whale Discovery Cruise:  10am - 12:30pm

Adventure At Sea Sail:   10am - 1pm

Afternoon Sail:   2pm - 4:30pm


Single-Day Summer Camps

Friday, June 27; 9am - 4pm

Kick-off summer with a day of fun at the Ocean Institute.  Cost is $75/child; hours are 9am - 4pm.  Visit the Ocean Institute website to register.  Programs vary by date and include:

  • Jr. Neptunes (ages 6 - 8) - Learn about marine life in the labs and take a cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer.
  • Jr. Oceanographer (ages 9 - 12) - Learn about marine biology & oceanography.  Dissect a fish, go on a tidepool walk, and head to sea on a cruise.


Ongoing Cruises & Sails

Weekends throughout June

Head to sea on our research vessel Sea Explorer or take a sail aboard the tallship Spirit of Dana PointVisit the Ocean Institute website for complete information and to register.

  • Marine Mammal Cruise - Weekends in June; 10am - 12:30pm
  • Blue Whale Discovery Cruise - Weekends in late-June; 10am - 12:30pm
  • Adventure Sail - June 7; 2pm - 4:30pm
  • Pyrate Adventure Sail - June 22; 2pm - 4:30pm
  • Bioluminescence Night Cruise - June 28; 8pm - 10:30pm
44th Annual PCA-OCR White Glove Concours 
Sunday, June 1, 2014     Lantern Bay Park
Porsche Club of America/Orange Coast Region presents its 44th White Glove Concours. Enjoy a "Beginning of Summer Party" and see over 125 Porsches on display including the latest models, USMC Color Guard. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Porsche Turbo there will be a special display of Porsche Turbos. Porsche merchandise will be available, and you may pre-order a delicious catered Box Lunch. Join your friends for a real family event, live music, Silent Auctions for Porsche items, prizes for the Most Original Picnic Display. 
Visitor parking is extremely limited, so we encourage you to bring your Porsche and display it on the grounds. 
Porsche owners may register here. There is no cost for entrance to the Park for spectators that want to visit the Concours, however only Porsche cars will be allowed on the Field.
5th Annual Combat Golf Tournament Hosted by Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group 
June 2, 2014     Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Golf with a real American hero, or sponsor one, on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group 5th Annual Combat Golf Tournament for the most fun you'll ever have hitting that little ball. Sidestep "snipers", tiptoe through "minefields", dodge helicopter-dropped golf balls and finish the day off with a fabulous dinner at the Awards Ceremony at the challenging Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament go to Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group to provide care and comfort for military personnel who are deployed, and to take care of their families back home at Camp Pendleton. Some spots are still open. $195.00 per person includes the tournament and Awards Ceremony Dinner.

Give Back Event for Dana Point Relay For Life
All Day    June 9th    Stuft Pizza

Come Aboard the Dana Pride for a Special Father's Day Dinner Cruise
This Father's Day, treat dad to a fun live music & BBQ dinner coastline cruise 
Sunday, June 15th at 6:30pm enjoy a two-hour Coastline Cruise with live classic Rock & Roll music by Mike O'Bryan and delicious BBQ Buffet, dessert & beverages aboard the Flagship 95 ft. Dana Pride. a Full cash bar is available! This holiday trip will depart Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach where Gray Whales and their Calf have been playing very close to the shore!

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