Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
February 4, 2014
New Employment Laws for 2014
2014. A New Year. A New You.

And that means new laws for your business. We want to keep our business community aware of current and upcoming changes that affect California employers' day to day operations. Significant changes include a new minimum wage, new protections for immigrants and expanded leaves of absence, among other changes to existing laws. This comprehensive overview of new laws in 2014 will guide your business to be compliant and successful in California.

For the 2014 Overview of California Employment Laws, click here.

For more information, be sure to visit www.CA.gov
Have Business Questions? There's a Mentor for That




Whether starting, running, or growing your business, you will likely have questions about the best course of action. Why not get advice from someone that's been in your position, is willing to share their experience, will help you avoid costly errors, and help you achieve your goals?


Member Spotlight: Dana Point Auto Service
34342 Pacific Coast Hwy.  Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-1086 
As professionals our lives can be business 24/7, but it's important for us to get to know YOU as a person, member and leader in the community. 
This month, we're featuring Dana Point Auto Service. Dana Point Auto Service has been a member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for over 40 years and was just named the 2013 Business of the Year! We sat down with owner Richard Deffenbaugh to get the inside scoop about him, his auto shop and what he thinks about the Chamber.
1. Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
I created a business in Dana Point in 1969 at the age of 22 after signing a lease with the Atlantic Richfield Company. I joined the Dana Point Chamber in 1971 and in 1986 remodeled the Richfield into an AM/PM. I then moved Dana Point Auto to the building behind A's Burgers and I am still there today! 
2. Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce? 
I joined the Dana Point Chamber in 1971 because I wanted to unite the residents of Dana Point with the local business community. 
3. In what areas of the Chamber are you involved? 
I am currently on the Board of Directors. I am the Chair of the Educational Committee that provides scholarships for local high school students. I also serve on both the Finance and Ambassador Committee. I really love to volunteer for the Chamber's events too. 
4. Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know? 
I have been in Dana Point for 45 years! I have seen many changes and I love sharing all my memories of Dana Point with customers. 
5. Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners? 
Dana Point Is a small business community. Work hard, get involved with your city. Make our city a better place to do business. 
Member Spotlight: So Cal Boot Camp
32932 Pacific Coast Hwy, #7    Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 276-7650
So Cal Bootcamp Superheroes (949)218-2267 SoCalBC.com
SoCal Boot Camp is one of our newest members and they're already making a huge impression on the Dana Point Community. Tired of the same ol' workout? Watch the video above to see the fun that the staff have getting you into shape!

"At So Cal Boot Camp, we believe in results. We believe that getting them should be fun and uplifting. And we believe in you. That's why we stock our facilities with everything you'll need to get fit: weights, mats, medicine balls, resistance bands, jump ropes, stability balls, and lots of other specialty equipment... And, something you may not find at many other gyms: supportive friends and workout partners that share your enthusiasm and your health goals." 
- Orshi McNaughton, Owner So Cal Boot Camp

Register Now to be a Vendor for the
2014 Festival of Whales Street Fair

In conjunction with the Festival of Whales, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce invites you to indulge in culinary delights at the Annual Street Fair Festival for an unforgettable day of food, kid's games, music & entertainment for the whole family.


Click here to learn more about all the events that are a part of the Festival of Whales.

March 1, 2014
La Plaza Park 10 AM - 2 PM.

FREE shuttle service from most Harbor parking lots to Dana Point La Plaza Park until 3:00PM.

There are many ways to participate in the Street Fair experience. We are looking for booth vendors, food vendors and volunteers for the event. Non-profits are also invited to participate at a discounted rate.

For more information on any of these options please call the Chamber office at 949.496.1555 or send us an email.

Vendor Forms:

Vendors & Non-Profit Application  

Food Vendor Applications 2014

Upcoming Chamber Events
Networking at Noon - Salt Creek Grille
Thursday, February 6th   11:30am - 1:00pm
$15 Members     $20 Non-Members
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us this Thursday for Networking at Noon at Salt Creek 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 generate new business leads - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant! 

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

Please pre-register for the event as it helps us to give an accurate headcount to the kitchen. 

Our gracious host isn't typically open for lunch, so this is sure to be treat for our members! We strongly recommend that you pre-register for this event as walk-up registrations will be limited.

Third Thursday Mixer -Brio Tuscany Grille
Thursday, February 20th   5:30-7:30pm
$12 Members  |  $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our upcoming February mixer, hosted by Brio Tuscany Grille, located on the southeast corner of Niguel Road and Camino del Avion on Thursday, February 20th 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. 
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.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Friday, February 21st   4:00 PM
22 Monarch Bay Plaza, Dana Point, CA 92629

Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting at your business? Contact the Chamber office to schedule one!
Welcome Our New Members!
BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

BK Cellars Urban Winery and Tasting Lounge is the newest urban winery in San Diego County. We are a production winery with tasting lounge in an industrial setting with cosmopolitan flare. Whether you like red or white wine, BK Cellars features many wines from all over California that are sure to tantalize the palette. Our facility is also available for private group tastings. 

Enjoy five wine tastings of your choice for $10.00 per person. Tasting is complimentary with the purchase of two bottles. We also offer wine by the glass & bottle service. Please note our tasting lounge is also a working winery facility. To ensure the quality of our wine, the temperature in our tasting lounge is an average of 66 degrees. Please dress to your comfort level.

Please visit our website or our Facebook for hours and more information.

Calethia Schwartz, Civic Member
Harcourts Prime Properties Monarch Beach
Agent: Stephanie Mosher-Bush
Harcourts Prime Properties is a franchise of Harcourts International, a global residential real estate company established in ten countries and new to the US. 
  • Harcourts is the 7th largest real estate brand in the world, with nearly 1000 offices and 13,000 agents
  • Fastest growing real estate company in the world: up 520% in the last 10 years
  • Over $25 billion in annual residential home sales
  • With cutting edge technology with emphasis on internet marketing, social media and smart phone applications.
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 1986
Member Since 2005
Member Since 1983
Member Since 2002
Member Since 1984
Member Since 2010
Wendy Kramer, Civic Member 
Member Since 2007
Member Since 1997
Member Since 1987
Member Since 1987
Member Since 2013
Member Since 2011
Member Since 2011
Member Since 1987
Member Since 2003
Community News & Events
Have a Whale of a Romantic Time with Dana Wharf Whale Watching this Valentine's Day
Valentine Specials from Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
A Night in Paris 
Join us this Valentine's Day as we celebrate LOVE under the stars. Our French inspired four-course menu and event will sure to leave you with long lasting memories. You will be greeted by a red rose as you walk into the French inspired pavilion on our Vue Lawn. Enjoy live music and dancing as well as special entertainment throughout the evening. Enjoy a special gift from Chef Thomas as we say bonsoir
Event will be held from 6:00pm-11:00pm 
$99.00 per person (all inclusive)-Price includes taxes, gratuities, valet parking and a champagne toast 
~Reservations required - payment will be received at the door.
For more information or to make your reservation, please call 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577 
*Regular menu will also be offered at Vue Restaurant
Best for Romance Couple's Package 
 60-minute Couple's Massage featuring a blend of masculine & feminine massage oils. 
30-minutes in the Spa Suite featuring private outdoor patio with whirlpool, waterfall, fireplace, sparkling wine, refreshments, and a flower for her. 
$375 per couple 

Dana Point Historical Society Seeking Volunteers for
Two Years Before the Mast  Reading
Dana Point Symphony offers up an incredible experience on March 7th & 8th
Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience a Symphony Spectacular

On March 7 and 8th, 2014, the Dana Point Symphony will present Symphony Spectacular aboard the Pilgrim, a three-masted schooner, in collaboration with the Festival of Whales, South Orange County School for the Arts, OC Parks, The City of Dana Point and the Ocean Institute. An ocean themed extravaganza with the Symphony, opera divas, dancers, singers from South Orange County School of the Arts, and high-flying aerialists from Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles - the audience will be transported through a spectacle never seen before in Dana Point. 

Purchase tickets here.
Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club Presents:
22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
at Monarch Beach Golf Links  
50 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA
Monday, March 31, 2014 
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