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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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Have you met our Tweeps?

The following pictures were taken at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce “3rd Thursdays” Mixer at Mahe in June.  If attendees happened to have a twitter account, we wanted to let the business community know!  If you are on twitter, please follow our Tweeps!

If you are reading this and asking “What is Twitter?  What are Tweeps?” then allow me to invite you to our upcoming Morning Power Group!

Morning Power Group (MPG) kicked off in June with a great seminar on partnerships between the City, the Chamber and business owners.  The series continues with the topic “To Facebook or Twitter?  It’s Not a Question.  Let’s Get Started.” which will be a hands on workshop for those who would like to start using online social networking OR have started and need to know more about utilizing those tools for business.  This mini-seminar will be lead by Ross Teasley of Casa Dana, Inc (www.twitter.com/rossteasley).

As you might have read from a previous post, Morning Power Group is a new educational and networking opportunity for the Dana Point business community.  Thanks to our partnership with AT&T, members who register by Friday, July 17 can attend for FREE!  Registering after July 17 will cost $10 for members.  Potential Chamber members can attend for $20.  I hope you will take the opportunity to develop a great network of business connections and learn more about how online social networking can assist your business growth.

RSVP today by calling the Chamber (949)496-1555 or emailing me at kstraine@danapointchamber.com.

Morning Power Group

7:30 am, Tuesday, July 21
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Members:  *FREE/$10; Potential Members: $20

Kelly Straine
Events Director

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Chamber invites you to a “Power” breakfast

There is something about starting off a business day with a couple of new contacts and some new information that sets things in motion. It gets you thinking and hopefully, it gets you inspired. This is what I hope the Morning Power Group will be for all who attend. Morning Power Group, or MPG, is a new networking and educational meeting the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will present starting at 7:30 am, Tuesday, June 23 at the Ocean Institute.

The format will start with focused networking time that transitions into a presentation on a relevant topic for business. Over the next couple of months, topics will range from small business resources to an introduction to social networking and other technology tools to e-commerce 101. For June’s edition of MPG, Norm Bour will be speaking on “The City, the Chamber, and Business Owners; Partnerships Redefined.” This is the perfect time for Dana Point to get in on that discussion, while we are preparing for enormous changes in Town Center and the OC Dana Point Harbor. The Chamber is very excited to launch MPG with the help of AT&T, who has partnered with us to present five upcoming sessions.

Morning Power Group came to be because the Chamber was asking the questions, “How can we increase the value of Chamber membership?” and “What do businesses need in this down economy?” This is a benefit of membership, because it has the possibility of become a vital referral and information network for businesses. It’s also a benefit of membership because if members register before Friday, June 19 it is FREE. Don’t pass up a free breakfast at the scenic Ocean Institute, with plenty of new business contacts and useful information for your business! If members register after June 19, the cost is still minimal – $10. For potential members, the cost will be $15.

I invite you to join us at MPG and shift your business into gear. RSVP today by calling the Chamber (949)496-1555 or emailing me at kstraine@danapointchamber.com.

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7:30 am, Tuesday, June 23
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Members:  *FREE/$10; Potential Members: $15

Kelly Straine
Events Director

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