Dana Point Chamber Quarterly Report

Can you believe we are halfway through 2014? This year has flown by so fast and your Chamber has been working hard to keep Dana Point’s economic development our mission.

What’s New
It’s important for our members to know their return on investment with the Chamber. That’s why we launched our first New Member Orientation, giving our new and veteran members an in depth look at member benefits and the overall worth of their Chamber membership. We invite all our members to attend the next Orientation, July 2nd at 5:00 pm at Brio Tuscany Grille. Whether you are a veteran member, a newbie or a new employee, we encourage all to attend!

Be on the lookout for our 2014/2015 Destination Guides in mid-July, your guide to everything Dana Point. This is one of our most beloved member benefits, putting your business info in the hands of visitors, resorts and hotels, neighbor businesses and homes in Dana Point (approx. 10,000 distributed).

Advocacy
As your business advocate, we strive to support and promote the general welfare of our communities. This week, we reaffirmed our support for the Lantern District/Town Center funding and development. City Council voted 3-2 to reallocate $7.7 million to fund the second phase along Del Prado Avenue. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce stands with Lantern District Businesses and support its funding to the final phase.

Currently we are working closely with Doheny Village businesses and the Sheriff’s department to ensure their neighborhood is safe and secure for their staff and customers. Earlier this year we hosted several Doheny Village Forums, to hear the concerns of local residents and businesses. Because of these efforts, the City’s created a Homeless Task Force to ensure the safety of Doheny Village. We are also excited to announce the launch of the Capo Beach Farmer’s Market next month. More info coming soon!

Tuesday, City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the $140 million Harbor project, bringing Dana Point Harbor one step closer to construction. Your Chamber supports the Harbor’s revitalization and we are pleased to see progress being made in this monumental project.

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce champions business prosperity, economic vitality and community engagement, promoting a high quality of life in and around destination Dana Point. This includes the necessity to promote the success of our future business leaders. For over 20 years the Dana Point Chamber has raised money dedicated to scholarships for the students of Dana Hills High School.
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Dana Point Chamber Membership Awards $5K in Scholarships to Dana Hills Students
This past year we set our sights on raising $5,000, the most money raised in our history. Because of the generosity of our members, we were able to award five $1,000 scholarships to five deserving Dana Hills High School students. We will be honoring all scholarship award recipients at tonight’s mixer at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs, we hope that you can join us this evening in celebrating and congratulating them.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, THANK YOU for investing in the youth and future leaders of Dana Point!

Chamber Chatter
As you all know, I have some of the best staff a Chamber Executive could ask for. Their hard work and dedication is evident in the success of our Chamber and the progress this Chamber has made in the last few years. In the upcoming weeks our office will be celebrating two milestones. We will be celebrating the ONE YEAR anniversary of our Community Relations Coordinator, Natalia Odebralski, and the TWO YEAR anniversary of our Senior Operations Manager, Vickie McMurchie. Join me in congratulating Natalia and Vickie on these wonderful accomplishments!

Dana Point’s busy summer season is just about to launch, and there is no shortage of great events to attend this summer! If you’re looking for something to do in our beautiful city or would like more information on how you can promote your business, please stop by our Chamber office – we’d love to tell you about all that Dana Point has to offer.