Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
August 27, 2014
Dana Point Chamber Seeking 
Networking at Noon & Mixer Hosts for 2015
Photo 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
Facebook Cracking Down on Clickbait:
Will This Affect Your Facebook Marketing Plan?

This week Facebook announced some new tweaks to its powerful News Feed algorithm, one of which is aimed at reducing the amount of clickbait in its users' feeds.

The company will now track how much time users are spending off the site when going through various links - a measure that it will use to determine if the link was interesting or not - and incorporate that in determining how those stories rank in News Feed. The idea is that if a user spends a significant amount of time off-site and then returns to Facebook, there was something interesting or engaging in that link.

A small set of publishers who are frequently posting links with click-bait headlines that many people don't spend time reading after they click through may see their distribution decrease in the next few months. Facebook is making these changes to ensure that click-bait content does not drown out the things that people really want to see while checking their News Feed.

Click here to learn more about Facebook's update.
Join the Dana Point Turkey Trot Virtual Race Bag
Want to reach 11,000 of our Turkey Trot runners?

If the answer is YES, we invite you to participate in our Virtual Race Bag offer for the Dana Point Turkey Trot. The Dana Point Turkey Trot, in its 37th year is the Dana Point Chamber's biggest fundraiser. Named one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting 11,000 runners to the beautiful Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. The Dana Point Turkey Trot emails each runner virtual swag bag, offering local offers, coupons, deals and information. This step-by-step process allows you to create and offer which is sent to each runner one week before and one week after the Turkey Trot. Runners can visit your website, or print the offer utilizing your services. As added value to you, Virtual Race Bags provides performance metrics showing total impressions and prints generated by your coupon or ad. Best of all it is "Green" and keeps litter out of beaches and the harbor! 

We invite you to participate in this year's Dana Point Turkey Trot Virtual Race Bag Offer. For more information please click here, and to confirm your participation, please contact Vickie McMurchie.
Member Spotlight: Outrigger Surf
Can you please tell us a brief history of your business?
I was born and raised on the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, CA, and have always been active in water sports, learning to surf from some of So Cal's surf legends like Corky Carroll and Larry Burtlemann. As a mom of six water-babies, I had to incorporate the needs of my growing family and my personal desire for physical activity and competition. To do this, I opened Keli's Outrigger and Paddle Sports retail shop in 2007, the first of its kind in Southern California. My new shop Outrigger Surf, Inc. has expanded to include outrigger, paddle board and paddle manufacturing. I also provide lessons, coaching, party packages, team building events, clothing, sports nutrition, accessories and anything outrigger and paddle sports, in-store and online. Teach It, Coach It, Race It, Make It - is my mantra!

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce? 
I can't think of a better way to be part of the community. It has given a lot to me and this is one way I can give back.

Are you involved in the local community? 
I have been involved for many years with the "Battle of the Paddle", one of the largest SUP races in the world. I started and continue to run the children's program.

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know? 
I was the first stand-up paddle concession on Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor in 2007. I was one of the first to start the SUP craze.

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners? 
Yes, it needs to be your passion because it takes a lot of time and hard work to be successful. Devote yourself, learn from your mistakes and most of all don't let anyone stop you. Never give up and Good Luck!

Upcoming Chamber Events
September Membership Orientation 
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, September 3rd   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 3rd 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.
Networking at Noon - Ricardo's Place
Thursday, September 4th   11:30am - 1:00pm
32082 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Ricardo's Place on Thursday, September 4th. 

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. 

Government Affairs Forum
The Pipeline of Dana Point Development
Featured Speaker: Community Development Director
Ursula Luna-Reynosa 
Thursday, September 4th   5:30 - 6:30pm
Dana Point Community House   24642 San Juan Ave, Dana Point
September Mixer - Taste of South County
Hosted by Independence Bank 
Thursday, September 11    5:30pm - 7:30pm
32291 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
$15 Members     $25 Potential Members
Welcome Our New Members!
Beach Cities Glass

Beach Cities Glass is a full-service design/build company with a wide range of experience. They will not only help you design and meet your glass needs, but make the process easy and enjoyable for you. Beach Cities Glass can assist you with all phases of finding and installing your windows, doors, shower enclosures, windbreaks, mirrored wardrobe doors, screens, patio doors, mirrors, tabletops, and any glass products you would like to have in your home. They also provide professional installation for commercial storefront window and entrances.

Billy Blanks� Ancient Arts Studio
Billy Blanks� and the Billy Blanks� Ancient Arts Studio have arrived in beautiful Dana Point. The studio offers fun, energizing workouts with a variety of Tae Bo� Fitness classes, Tae Kwon Do programs for all ages, and Personal Training to meet your every need. It's a place for the entire family to have fun getting fit! Our goal is to help you become a master of your own health and wellness to achieve greatness both inside and out. Billy Blanks� is the creator of Tae Bo� Fitness, the revolutionary total body fitness system that has helped millions of people around the world get in shape and feel great. Billy's extraordinary achievements as a world karate champion, actor, author, motivator, philanthropist and humanitarian continue to earn him acclaim. Billy Blanks� created Tae Bo� Fitness, the workout that changed the world. Now, join us at the Billy Blanks� Ancient Arts Studio and let it change you!

Civic Members

Allie BrookJoe MullerJohn Tomlinson
Dana Party Supplies
Dana Party Supplies, established in 1985, carries a wide assortment of supplies from vendors throughout the industry. Whether your celebration is a small family gathering or a community festival for 10,000 people, they can help you to celebrate with style. Dana Party Supplies staff will take the time to plan with you so that your purchase fulfills your requirements and is a beautiful addition to your day. They are dedicated to helping you find what you need, whether it's a small tabletop centerpiece or an arch to span an entire city street (like the one they created for us at last year's Turkey Trot, pictured above).

Doheny Village Hand Car Wash

Doheny Village Hand Car Wash opened in 1996 and has earned a reputation for providing quality service in South Orange County. A full service HAND car wash, they don't have any machines or heavy equipment to damage the finish of your car. Instead, people using soft, synthetic lamb's wool mitts gently clean the dirt and grime from your vehicle. 

Doheny Village Hand Car Wash uses only the finest products to clean, polish and wax your vehicle and continually seeks products with the least environmental impact.

South Coast Magazine

South Coast Magazine encompasses community information, events and businesses, entertainment and travel. It is an exclusive marketing opportunity to catch California's most lucrative readers, providing advertisers with the chance to appeal to young, affluent, active, educated, well-traveled professionals, who seek challenge in their lives. Their goal is to provide a truthful, honest, comprehensive, highly saturated, postal verified and audited circulation. South Coast Magazine is direct mailed and distributed to upper income family homes in San Diego and Orange County areas, with a guaranteed circulation of 35,000.

Universal Press 

Universal Press is family owned by Mary Johnson, Phyllis Johnson, and Ben Straley and have proudly served customers since 1986. The latest in digital technology, Universal Press offers all printing services. 

With high quality printing equipment and great customer service, Universal Press has earned customer loyalty by offering affordable prices in offset printing, digital printing, and fast turnaround on color and black and white copies. Universal Press is committed to helping businesses grow with marketing material and help design printed material.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2001
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2013
Member Since 1993
Henry Snyder, Civic Member
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2012

Member Since 1994

Member Since 2012
Member Since 1993
Coldwell Banker - Sandra Deering
Member Since 2013
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2013
Member Since 1999
Outrigger Surf, Inc.
Member Since 2013

Member Since 2013

Member Since 2005
Community News & Events
Help Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Celebrate Their
1 Year Anniversary in Dana Point!
Rally for Relay For Life

Relay For Life Dana Point
Saturday, September 20, 2014  
Lantern Bay Park

Relay for Life Benefit Dinner
August 27th   5:00 - 7:00pm   RJ's Cafe 
RJ's Cafe is hosting a benefit dinner for "Team Craig the Crab" for the upcoming Relay for Life event in Dana Point, benefiting the American Cancer Society in Craig's memory.

Click here to RSVP or call 949.291.0990
Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits:
$ave Big with the Chamber's Office Depot Program
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! 

Click here to download a coupon for your next order and click here to sign-up for the program today!
Next Meeting of the SONGS Community
Engagement Panel - August 28
Age 50+ Singles Meet and Greet 
Thursday, August 28th   Tutor & Spunky's Deli
Breakwater Events & Catering Hosting an End of Summer Dinner at Aventura Sailing Association
A Night of Comedy to Benefit the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group
30th Annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
September 6 - 8, 2014 
Sunset Parade, Friday, September 5 
The West Coast's largest annual gathering of tall ships celebrates its 30th anniversary. Nine tall ships from up and down the California coast are expected to participate in the weekend. On shore, visitors can enjoy pirate encampments, live entertainment and see the many exhibits and sea creatures at the Ocean Institute. During the day, the tall ships will be tied to the dock, and visitors can explore the ships and meet the crews. In the afternoons, visitors can sail onboard the ships and participate in mock cannon battles. 

Visit the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival website and learn more.
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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