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Business and Water: Let’s Dive In

Recently the South Coast Water District (SCWD) approved higher rates for water and sewer services for the district which includes Dana Point, South Laguna and parts of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.  According to a recent article in the Orange County Register, the rate increase will add between $19 and $38 to the monthly bill for the average single-family home, depending on the amount of water usage.  Commercial customers can click here to see how the new rates will affect their bill.

SCWD did make an effort to cut costs before they proposed the new water rates, which they outline on their website.  In January, they cut their annual operating budget by $1.7 million and completed an Infrastructure Master Plan that will help meet the needs of the community in the most cost-effective ways.

What does this all mean for business?

As rates increase, what can you do to decrease your water usage?  The district recommends replacing old toilets and fixing leaky faucets.  You can also install aerators to existing faucets that can cut water consumption in half.  But most of all, be informed!  Did you know that the SCWD held two community forums and a public hearing before the rates changed?  Dana Point business owners need to visit the SCWD website to stay informed on opportunities to speak up and be the voice of business. There is more information online that not only keeps you updated on water conservation, but also raises awareness on key water issues and how it affects business.  Websites like Save Our H20 or the Association of California Water Agencies can keep you informed on local, statewide and federal water issues.  Do you have a go to source for water information?  Please share with us in the comments section.

By now you have probably figured out that the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce (@DanaPtChamber) is a tweeting Chamber and there are a lot of great resources on Twitter.  One profile that we follow happens to be Association of California Water Agencies (@ACWAwater), the statewide association of public agencies whose 450 members are responsible for most of the water delivered in California.  They keep followers updated on how stimulus money is being used in relation to water, water conservation efforts, and how California’s water shortage is affecting different industries.

Thirsty for more?

Interested in hearing it straight from the water source?  South Coast Water District Board President Dick Dietmeier will be the keynote speaker at the Dana Point Chamber’s Lunch & Learn on Thursday, July 23.  Registration opens at 11:45 a.m. with the program beginning at 12:00 p.m.  We invite you to take this opportunity to “get wet” and stay informed on how water affects your business.  The cost for Chamber Members is $25 and potential members can attend for $40.  For more information or to RSVP for this event, please call the Chamber (949)496-1555 or email kstraine@danapointchamber.com

Lunch & Learn
11:45 am, Thursday, July 23
Doubletree Guest Suites – Doheny Beach, 34402 Pacific Coast Hwy
Members:  $25; Potential Members: $40

Kelly Straine
Events Director

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Will Network for Sushi

This week the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Mahe will team up to present June’s “3rd Thursdays” Mixer!  As we say in the Chamber Compass, “3rd Thursdays” Mixers are the place to network and make new connections.  Every month, South County business professionals attend this networking event to promote their business and meet possible clients.  It’s only Monday morning and we have been getting quite a few calls about this event!  We expect a great turnout.

A little bit about our host:  Mahe (Seafood-Steaks-Sushi-Bar) is located in the Dana Point Harbor and has a cool, casual and comfortable atmosphere. With live music, a festive family ambiance and some of the finest chefs around, they offer one of the most unique dining experiences to be found, anywhere.  You can get a preview of what you will see at the Mixer by visiting their website www.eatatmahe.com.

New to networking or need a refresher?  Here are some tips:

Be the first to say hello!  Extend a firm handshake.

  • Say the other person’s name and remember it!  “Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” (How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie)
  • Bring a door prize to a Mixer!  Not only will your business be mentioned all night, but the winner is a possible business contact.
  • Redefine what it means to interact with “strangers.”  During conversations, listen carefully to discover shared interests or goals.  (How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne)
  • Always have your business cards!
  • Listen for opportunities.  Pay attention to conversations for problems you can solve.  Follow up with the solution during business hours.  (9 Tips for Building Your Business at Networking Events by Cynthia D’Amour)
  • Do Your Homework!  Find out which organization is sponsoring the event.  Will there be speakers, presenters or any special guests in attendance?  Do a little research and be prepared.
  • Arrive with a goal in mind. Before the meeting, set a goal for yourself for that day, and then achieve it. Don’t arrive at the meeting feeling lackadaisical or unfocused. Take some time for yourself to get yourself focused before the meeting. (Networking by SBA)
  • Develop relationships.  Don’t just be a commercial for your business.  People tend to do business with people they have or can build a professional relationship with.
  • Follow up is important, too!  Contact the people you have had good interactions with during your meeting.  This will indicate you are interested in serious business.  (6 Tips for Successful Networking by morebusiness.com)

With that, we hope to see you on Thursday, June 18 at Mahe, 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm!

3rd Thursdays

5:30 pm, Thursday, June 18
Mahe, 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Members:  $10; Potential Members: $15

Kelly Straine
Events Director