Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
April 10, 2014
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Opens Nominations for its Beautification Awards
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Beautification Awards to be presented at the Mayor's State of the City Address on April 29th, 2014.  

Nomination categories include:
  • New Construction with Landscaping
  • Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping
  • Maintenance of Existing Facilities and/or Landscaping 
  • Historic/Cultural Preservation
Last year's winners (pictured above) include The Surfin Cowboy, Lantern Bay Villas, Tavern on the Coast, Nordhavn Yachts and OC Dana Point Harbor.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 15th. Nominate a neighbor...or even yourself. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office or online
Call to Artists: Featured Artist Program -
 City Council Foyer
The City of Dana Point Arts & Culture Commission is calling for regional artists to apply for exhibition slots in the City Council foyer with exhibit openings beginning April 2014. This includes a 3-month exhibition in the City Council foyer. 

The City Council foyer has approximately 12 feet of linear wall space designed for two-dimensional pieces of original art. Entries must not exceed 21" x 28". Additionally, three display cases are available to exhibit three-dimensional works. The display cases are approximately 20" high x 20" deep x 32" wide (2-10" shelves). 

Regional artists working in all media are encouraged to submit. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m. 

Please submit 6 images (maximum size per email message is 10 MB) and short bio to Monique Leon, or call (949) 248-3557. 

*Preference for imagery relating to City of Dana Point.
How to Protect Yourself From the 'Heartbleed' Bug
A new security bug means that people all across the Web are vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen.
A major new security vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed was disclosed Monday night with severe implications for the entire Web. The bug can scrape a server's memory, where sensitive user data is stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers. The bug has affected many popular websites and services - ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook - and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information from the past two years.
It's an extremely serious issue, affecting some 500,000 servers, according to Netcraft, an Internet research firm. Click here what you can do to make sure your information is protected.

Member Spotlight: Vacation Concierge
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 Jeff Perry, owner of Vacation Concierge, a local hospitality and management service company representing individually owned long-term vacation rentals.

Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
Jenna, my wife, and I grew up in the Dana Point & San Juan Capistrano Valley area. As our finances allowed, we made a personal investment into a second property in Dana Point so that we could share our city with people from all over the world who wish to 'Harbor the Good Life' for themselves... even if it's only for a month or two. Because we live so close to our property, we're able to give our guests an expediency in service that most vacation rental owners can't offer. Several of our seasoned snowbirds who stayed the first 6 months of operation praised our quick turnaround of service and that they felt a higher level of comfort ability knowing there was a local point of contact. We thought we could offer this service to guests staying at other vacation rentals in the area for those owners who live out of town. We would come along side and partner with those owners to provide that same level of care for their guests. Within 3 months of making that decision we took on two more vacation rentals within the first year and thus began Vacation Concierge. 

Vacation Concierge incorporated in 2008. Over the years we've represented over 30 rentals in the Dana Point, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, and Lake Arrowhead areas.

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce?
The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is usually the first source where most visitors, guests, and potentially new residents inquire to find out more information about our beautiful city. It is our desire to give The Chamber options for accommodations to those who are either visiting or possibly looking to permanently reside in our city thereby increasing revenue to all businesses in Dana Point.
In what areas of the Chamber are you involved?
We have made efforts to meet a few of the Chamber members individually but look forward to attending more mixers and social events this year. As a fellow Chamber member, and usually the first point of contact with the thousands of guests each year, we always try to be the first to promote the business and services of other chamber members.

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know?
As part of our service, and as a courtesy for our guests, Vacation Concierge wrote and published a guest guidebook about the local area. 'California's Golden Coast' was written to help enhance a travelers experience with information about where to go & what to do from an insider's perspective in South Orange County. It's listed for sale on Amazon.com or our website.

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners?
Always provide great service! Always put the customer first! Always have a signed contract - Especially between friends and family! and... Join The Chamber of Dana Point!
You're Invited: Discounted Vendor Space for Dana Point Chamber Members at the Dana Point Grand Prix
The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation (DPCCF) is proud to be hosting their 8th annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, held in the beautiful downtown of Dana Point. As part of the Grand Prix, there is a great opportunity to promote your business as part of their Vendor Expo and Health Fair. 
The Expo is held on Sunday May 4th throughout the day of the race, with over 10,000 spectators, and 900 riders, making it the largest one day cycling criterion in the nation. The Expo will feature the Dana Point 5th Marine Beer Garden, Kid's races, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley Kid's Fun Zone, as well as the Sierra Nevada 1st Turn Experience, having a mini craft beer festival. 
The Dana Point Grand Prix is offering a deeply discounted price to any Chamber Members that would like to participate in their Expo: instead of $250 for a 10'x 10' booth, we are offering a 10'x 10' for $100! 
Click here to download the official vendor application, fill out the requested info and return it to the email address on the form. The expo form also has even more discounted prices on it if you wish to have a bigger booth space! We hope you will consider aligning your business with this special City event and making this the BIGGEST and BEST Dana Point Grand Prix Yet! 
We look forward to seeing you out there!

Member Spotlight Video: Lord of the Strings
Richard & Julie
Lord of the Strings Concert (LOTSC) has been bringing the finest musicians in the world to Southern California since 2002. The Lord of the Strings Concert Series was created to give the general public an opportunity to see some of the finest acoustic musicians of all types of music in an intimate casual setting. 
Watch the video above to learn more about Lord of the Strings, listen to the musical combination of Richard Smith's guitar picking and Julie Adams' cello playingt, and learn more about LOTSC's upcoming events. 
Don't forget to purchase tickets for the last two shows of the season and check out their brand new concert stage. 
**Special thanks to Bergstrom Media Services for compiling these member spotlight videos!**
Upcoming Chamber Events
April Mixer - Boneyard Cafe
Thursday, April 17th   5:30pm - 7:30pm
$12 Members     $20 Non-Members

Please join us for our upcoming April mixer, hosted by Doheny Food Company located at Boneyard Cafe in Doheny State Beach on Thursday, April 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. Parking fees will be waived. Click here for a printable Doheny State beach map, and driving directions can be found here.
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.

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrations 

Saturday, April 26th   9:00 AM
32932 Pacific Coast Hwy, #7 (in Monarch Bay Plaza), Dana Point


Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting at your business?

Contact the Chamber office to schedule one!

Tickets on Sale Now: State of the City 

April 29th   11:30am - 1:30pm  St. Regis Monarch Beach



The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 2014 State of the City Luncheon in partnership with the City of Dana Point. The event will feature an address by Mayor Lisa Bartlett, celebrating the City's rich 25 year history and the future of economic and business development in our city. As a leader in the business Community, we ask for your support and participation in this momentous event.


We invite you to join us at this event and encourage you to partner with us for the State of the City luncheon as this is a significant event for Dana Point. Sponsoring this event is a great way to show your commitment to our great city and its bright future! 

Sponsorship opportunities are available and detailed here.


The 2014 State of the City Address and Luncheon will take place April 29th, 2014 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa We hope to see you there, and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to align your business with other leaders in the community.   

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:
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Networking at Noon - Holiday Inn Express
Thursday, May 1st   11:30am - 1:00pm
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Holiday Inn Express in San Clemente. Holiday Inn Express is a Dana Point Chamber member, and a great spot for when you have out of town guests visit. Come check out the hotel space and enjoy a delicious lunch!

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. This event provides the opportunity for new and current members to introduce their company to potential clients while learning all there is to know about your fellow business members. Plus, you get to enjoy a great meal provided by a Chamber member.

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 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. Space is limited so register now - and don't forget your business cards!

2014 State of South County: 
Three Pillars of Quality of Life
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Friday, May 16th  11:30am - 1:00pm
$50 Member  |  $60 Prospective Member  |  $450 Table of 10

You are cordially invited to join the Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Chambers of Commerce at the 2014 State of South County, featuring an address from Supervisor Pat Bates. 
In addition to the update by Supervisor Bates, the event will feature speakers focused on the "Three Pillars of Quality of Life" - transportation, public safety and economic development.  The featured speakers will be: 
Lucy Dunn, President of the Orange County Business Council, Transportation  
Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner, Public Safety  
Tod Burnett, President of Saddleback Community College, Economic Development 
Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Click here to purchase tickets for you or a group.
Welcome Our New Members!
Breakwater Events & Catering

Breakwater Events & Catering is desirably nestled on the island in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor with spectacular panoramic harbor and ocean views.

Breakwater Events & Catering is able to offer both quality and value that cannot be matched and will give your guests a dining experience that won't be forgotten, creating memories for a lifetime. 

Whether your event is casual or a five-course meal, Breakwater Events & Catering will do everything possible to surpass your expectations. Choose from an array of mouthwatering menus ranging from a-la-cart to all inclusive and each can be tailored to your event needs. Our outdoor, wrap-around patios and indoor banquet venue can comfortably accommodate 250p for ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, bridal showers, corporate events and graduation parties ...the sky's the limit!

Surterre Commercial Properties
Josh Cunningham is a commercial real estate agent with Surterre Commercial Properties. His experience in retail and investment property sales and leasing make him a true professional within South Orange County's competitive marketplace. He has overseen transactions with all major commercial property types and, due to his background in commercial lending, boasts a massive network that includes lenders, attorneys, appraisers and contractors. If you are looking to open or expand a business, his knowledge of local city planning and zoning codes helps make the process much quicker and easier to navigate. He will take the time to explain market trends, current property rents, fluctuations in price per square foot, and overall investor expectations so you are equipped to make an informed decision. Discerning clients interested in the most educated and methodical route to their objectives depend on Josh not only for his proven ability to bring about results, but for his innate knack for facilitating a smooth experience throughout the entire transaction.
The Dragon Institute
Led by internationally accredited self-defense specialist and leadership coach, Adam Williss, The Dragon Institute offers group classes in Wing Chun (Kung Fu) and Qigong (Chi Kung) as well as private lessons, corporate leadership workshops and self-defense seminars. 

A 20-year veteran martial artist and US Martial Arts Hall of Famer, Adam is known for his dedication to character and integrity. He is one of those uniquely genuine leaders who has made it his life's mission to empower individuals of all ages. The Dragon Institute has the distinction of being named "Best Martial Arts in OC" year after year. 

The institute takes martial arts above and beyond expectations through the mental and philosophical applications of Wing Chun. The life-changing lessons have the ability to revolutionize the way you look at things... simplifying issues, prioritizing tasks, operating in the present, becoming more efficient, confident and self assured, relaxed and calm, focused and aware!
The Lash Spa 

With eyelash extensions being the fastest growing area in the beauty industry, The Lash Spa has been specializing in lashes and brow design since 2006. We opened our second location here in Dana Point in 2009 serving our clientele from all over Orange County. Our team of licensed professionals has extensive training and experience with eyelash extensions as well as skin care, the famous HydraFacial, cosmetic application & sales, waxing and spray tanning. We have created a zen-like/boutique atmosphere in which our clients are always sharing how much they look forward to coming in to lay down, listen to our water feature & our ambient music and relax with the ocean breeze blowing by. 

Owners Kristy Armijo & Noelle Mathieu have a combined 41 years experience in the beauty industry and are lifelong Orange County residents. Noelle is also an alumni of Dana Hills High School. 

We look forward to continuing to serve our local communities for years to come!
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
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Mary DeMers, Civic Member  
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Community News & Events
City of Dana Point Notice:
Special Meeting of the Arts and Culture Commission
Toast to the Season and Hop on Over to Laguna Cliffs Marriott for a Delicious Easter Sunday Brunch

Chamber Members Receive 10% off 
California Wine Festival Tickets!
Wine, food, music, sea and sun. These elements create the quintessential wine tasting experience at the California Wine Festival - Orange County. At this sunny seaside setting, California's best wineries pour hundreds of vintage red and white wines, with live music complementing dozens of the region's top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers. Experience one of the California's most popular wine festivals. 
The California Wine Festival - Orange County will host the two-day celebration of wine and food in the quaint coastal town of Dana Point in Orange County April 25- 26, 2014. An evening of rare wine tasting on Friday night, limited to 500 guests, begins with our new and exciting outdoor venue at the 4-diamond Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. The Marriott's "Vue Lawn" is a lush green cliff top expanse with breathtaking views of the quaint Dana Point Harbor and blue Pacific far below. Guests will sample rare and reserve super-premium wines selected especially for this popular sophisticated event. 
The festivities culminate at Lantern Bay Park, when the Beachside Wine Festival takes over a peaceful palm-lined park and over 2,500 wine-loving guests sip and savor nearly 300 wines and dozens of gourmet food samplings. Craft brews will also be offered along with artisan cheeses, breads, fresh cut fruits, olive oils and much more.
Proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation, South Orange County Chapter. Purchase your tickets now!
Doheny Blues Festival Tickets on Sale Now! 
May 17 & 18 at Doheny State Beach
Save the Date: VFW Post 9934 Presents the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War
May 14-18 at Sea Terrace Park

VFW Post 9934 and the City of Dana Point are proud to sponsor a free community event for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, featuring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall with the Cost of Freedom Tribute. This event will take place May 14-18, 2014 at Sea Terrace Park. Please see our Event Details and our flyer for more information. 
Sponsorship opportunities are available to help offset the cost of bringing the Wall to Dana Point. Please consider making a donation and aligning your business with this special event.
Thank You to our Chairman Circle Supporters
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 If you are a interested in becoming an Anchor Club Sponsor, contact natalia@danapointchamber.com
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