Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
December 5, 2013
Message from Executive Director, 
Heather Johnston
Heather JohnstonWe've all made New Year's resolutions. Exercise more, work less, eat healthier and keep to a budget. Many times our resolutions are focused around our personal well-being, our life and our businesses. I think we can all agree, when I say giving back to our community can be the most rewarding resolution of them all.

Not only is investing in your community a fulfilling personal experience, but you also get to see the benefit in those around you. We all want to make a difference in our towns and you can do that in 2014. That's why we ask you consider a more active role in your Chamber. The Dana Point Chamber is not only here to improve business in Dana Point, but to unite us as one business community.

Instead at looking to check something off your list this holiday, make a resolution to help others. Remember the tough road you endured while starting-up your business and consider mentoring a young local business. Help a business get off the ground by forming a partnership. Or remember the many worthy causes in Dana Point and volunteer at a non-profit.

Consider joining any one of our committees. Our Education Committee assists local schools by providing mentoring programs and scholarships to local high school students. Our Government Affairs Committee is proactive and designated to inform our lawmakers on the positions of the local business community. Our Tourism Committee focuses on combining the efforts of Dana Point's tourism related businesses to promote Dana Point as a destination. These committees are just a few of the wonderful opportunities you have to give back into your community.

Make a real difference in 2014 and "be the change you want to see in the world".

Have a wonderful holiday season! And see you next year.

Heather Johnston
Executive Director

For more information on each committee please click here
Click here for an application.
Dana Wharf Honored with Longevity Award at Family Owned Business Awards Luncheon
 We are proud to announce that our longtime member and friend of the Dana Point Chamber, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching has been presented with the Longevity Award at this year's Orange County Business Journal's Family Owned Business Award. The Longevity award acknowledges Dana Wharf, their dedicated team of expert captains, friendly crew and an excellent support staff, with over 40 years of providing private charters, whale watching and sportfishing. In addition, Dana Wharf, has been a strong supporter of local charities, non-profits and has worked tirelessly to improve our local community. From all of us here at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Congratulations Dana Wharf! 
Message from the Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportfishing

Thank you for your continued support of Dana Wharf. After over 42 years in business, our family is pleased to have been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's Family Owned Business Awards, 2013. My Dad, Don Hansen, founded Dana Wharf back in 1971 and was the first business to operate out of Dana Point Harbor. We practice responsible sportfishing, including catch and release.

My Dad originated Whale Watching in Orange County and is proud to be exclusively endorsed by the artist Wyland. Our expert Captains are Certified Cetaceans and Naturalists who love to share their knowledge and experience. Many professional researchers, photographers, and naturalists go out with Dana Wharf and we are proud to be their guides.

Through the years, we've introduced many adventures, including the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Halibut Derby, a variety of themed Harbor Cruises, a Kid's Club, Santa Boat Rides, Youth Award Certificate program, Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild, Fish for Life and much more. It is a pleasuring sharing the many wonders of our Pacific Ocean with visitors and locals every day.

We know that giving back to the community is both our responsibility and a privilege. My brother Michael and I continue with my Dad's mission to expose and teach to ensure children have the opportunity to experience and learn about the incredible marine mammals and how important they are to our ecosystem.

Thank You!  
Donna Kalez  
General Manager
Member Spotlight: Mogavero Orthodontics
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 chose to feature Dr. Frank Mogavero of Mogavero Orthodontics, who has been a member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years. We sat down with Dr. Mogavero to get the inside scoop about him, his practice and what he thinks about the Chamber. 
Can you please tell us a brief history of your business? 
I established my orthodontic practice in San Juan Capistrano in 1990, later moving to Monarch Beach and now to San Clemente, but my Team and I are still serving the South Orange County area including Dana Point now for almost 24 years! I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from UCLA in 1984, and my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UCLA in 1988. I earned a specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1990, as well as two Master of Science degrees, one from UCLA and one from Baylor. I became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1992. I have served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at USC for five years, and have been sought after as an expert for many orthodontic malpractice cases. 

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce? 
I joined the Chamber because I love to be involved with my community and I love to give back to my community. Mixers and city events are a great way to meet other residents and business people! 

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know? 
I am the only Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign in South Coastal OC, and am one of the few doctors who has been treating with Invisalign since it was first introduced in 2000, almost 14 years ago! Our practice provides braces and Invisalign for both children and adults, and we specialize in Early Orthodontic Treatment for younger children. We are the only practice in the country that caters to so many young X-Games Skateboarding stars- and you can learn more about this fun fact, and the treatment that we do, on our website at SyncYourSmile.com ! We invite you to request a complimentary New Patient examination on our site. We can also be found on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners? 
Hard work and dedication pays off! Treat your patients/clients well, and they will love you and your Team!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Holiday Mixer at Aventura Sailing
December 12th   5:30 - 7:30 PM
24707 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Members $15   Guests $20 
Welcome Our New Members!
California Designs & Awards, Inc.

Featured in 1,001 Ways to Reward Employees, California Designs & Awards, Inc. is pleased to join the dynamic Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. 

President Lynne M. Williams explains, "California Designs & Awards, Inc. offers local business owners a way to market their company in a creative and meaningful way, through award and ad specialty programs. Anyone can sell an imprinted pen. But what if that pen doesn't convey your message, or doesn't enable clients to remember your company? Business owners need to see tangible results: Recognition, Goodwill, and Increased Revenue. And California Designs & Awards, Inc. will help business owners achieve these results.

California Designs & Awards, Inc. manages service award and business gift programs; safety programs and trade show programs. For a free consultation, call Lynne M. Williams at California Designs & Awards, Inc. at (877) 433.2895 or email her. Visit their website for additional information and to view their online catalog. 

Dana Point Chamber Members receive Free Setups ($100 value) on all orders of $500 or more. Mention Promo Code DANA.

CUSD Foundation
The mission of the CUSD Foundation is to raise money by developing partnerships with businesses and the community to enhance the quality of education for every student in the Capistrano Unified School District. 

Founded in 1992, our non-profit organization has raised over $2,000,000 for students, teachers and schools over the last decade, providing much needed resources to enrich student learning experiences that fall outside the district's budgetary reach. Our volunteer-based, non-profit educational partnership raises funds through a variety of programs and fundraising events throughout the year. But we still have much more to do to ensure that government funding cuts do not have a severe impact on our student's education.

Guaranteed Rate - Agent Corvi Urling

Guaranteed Rate, The Home Purchase Experts, is the eighth largest home loan company in the U.S. We have more than 173 offices and 2,700 employees ready to serve our customers in person, online or by phone. With turnaround times in as little as two weeks, customized loan products to fit almost every need and a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating, we've helped home owners with funding for more than $14.7 billion in loans in 2012 alone.

Guaranteed Rate's mission is to Revolutionize Life's Biggest Purchase (TM) by offering home owners:
1.    A low rate home loan with no hidden fees
2.    A simple to understand process 
3.    Caring customer guidance from friendly experts 
4.    Choice of interaction - face-to-face, over the phone or online, and 
5.    Respectful, consultative assistance. We'd love to help you with Life's Biggest Purchase too!

                                                                               Outrigger Surf    


We're finally open and online. Head over to OUTRIGGER SURF and say Aloha. We're excited about our new store located at 24302 Del Prado Dana Point, CA. 


OUTRIGGER SURF is dedicated to bring you the best Quality, Prices, and Outstanding customer service for all your paddling needs. OUTRIGGER SURF is the paddlers connection. Bringing you the best equipment and signature brands from SUP to Outriggers and everything in between. 


Check out our SUP & Surf SALE through the end of the year. Take advantage of Killer savings just in time for Christmas. Start off the new year with a gift that will bring years of fun and recreation for the whole family. Shop for items that you know will be used. 


Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2011
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2001
Henry Snyder, Civic Member
Member Since 2012
Member Since 1993
Member Since 2012
Community News & Events
Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 14    12:00 - 7:00 PM

39th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7 & Friday, Dec. 13 & Saturday, Dec.14 
7:30pm by the Water's Edge
Holiday Open House
Friday, Dec 6, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Boat Rides with Santa
Saturday, Dec 7 & Sunday, Dec 8, 10am - 2pm

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks Photos with Santa!
Friday, Dec 6, 5-7:30pm - Thursday, Dec 12 & 19 3-5pm

Strolling Carolers
Friday, Dec 6 & 13, 4:30-6pm
Saturday, Dec 14, 2-4pm

Santa Paws 
Saturday, Dec 14, 10am-3pm
Support Oceans, Waves & Beaches at the
Surfrider South Orange County Chapter Holiday Party
Take in the Boat Parade of Lights with 
American Legion Post 281 
Celebrate the Holidays in Style with Friar Tux Shop
Light up Your Life with 
Bob Welch Electrical Design

Bob Welch Electrical Design is an electrical contractor that is fully committed to giving our diverse South Orange County clientele prompt, consistently top quality electrical work designed to meet and exceed industry standards for safety and efficiency, regardless of the size or scale of the electrical work you need done. Our personable team of fully licensed and insured in-house electricians are leading experts in residential and commercial electrical applications. Drawing on a wealth of experience and training in electrical work of all kinds, we are optimally positioned to give our South Orange County clientele a more complete electrical service. 

Enjoy this Holiday Season with the 
12 Spa Days of Christmas at Laguna Cliffs Marriott 
Give a Toy for Toys for Tots and
Receive a Gift from Dana Point Jet Ski

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