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Chamber provides access to local legislators

Bates headshot IWhen was the last time you had the opportunity to sit down with your county Supervisor and hear about how decisions made by the legislature were affecting you? We want you to know that the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business with government. It is one a our core competencies to do so. That is why the Chamber and OC Supervisor Patricia Bates, 5th District have partnered to present the  State of County Luncheon on Thursday, September 24 at the Doubletree Guest Suites – Doheny Beach.

Pat Bates has a well-earned reputation as one of California’s most accomplished public servants. She was the driving force behind Laguna Niguel’s cityhood campaign and became the first Mayor upon the city’s incorporation in 1989. She served four terms as Mayor and then continued serving as a City Council Member until her election to the 73rd District for State Assembly in 1998.

In the Assembly, Pat served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Assembly Health Committee, and was the founding Chair of the Republican Women’s Caucus. She was also appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the prestigious Little Hoover Commission as well as the historic California Performance Review Commission which was responsible for providing recommendations on reforming State Government and its operations.

Upon her term ending in the Assembly, Pat turned her sights to the County of Orange where she was elected to represent the 5th Supervisorial District on the Board of Supervisors in 2006. As current Chair of the Board, Pat is known as a conservative consensus builder able to bring people together and get things done for the good of the County and her district. Among her top priorities is working in her capacity as a Director on both the Orange County Transportation Authority and Transportation Corridor Agency Boards of Directors to help relieve traffic congestion and improve regional mobility. She’s also committed her year as Chair to improving government transparency and accountability. Throughout her career, Pat has worked diligently to make our communities better and safer places to live for everyone.

The Chamber thanks the following sponsors for partnering on this event!

Gold Sponsor
Cox Communications

Silver Sponsors
Pacific Western Bank
SDG&E/The Gas Company

As a member of the Chamber, if legislative action is a passion for you, we invite you to align your name with this event. Sponsorships are available at the following levels. If you wish to sponsor, please contact Kelly Straine at kstraine@danapointchamber.com

Platinum Sponsor – $2500 (Limit 1)
• Corporate name and logo recognition at event
• Preferred seating for one table of (10) at event
• Opportunity to place collateral on tables
• Opportunity for display booth at event
• Promotion on Chamber website, newsletter & e-newsletter
• Full page advertisement in event program
• Company Table Sign

Gold Sponsor – $1000
• Corporate name and logo recognition at event
• Preferred seating for one table of (8) at event
• 1/2 page advertisement in event program
• Promotion on Chamber website
• Promotion in Chamber newsletter
• Company Table Sign

Silver Sponsor – $500
• Preferred seating for (4) at event
• Recognition at event
• 1/4 page advertisement in event program
• Company Table Sign
• Recognition in Chamber newsletter Bronze Sponsor – $250
• Recognition at event
• 1/8 page advertisement in event program
• Recognition in Chamber newsletter

If you would like to attend this event, members of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce can attend for $40.  Potential members are invited to attend for $60.  Please make your reservation by contacting the Chamber at (949)496-1555.

Are health care costs making you sick?

Check out the headline of a recent CNN.com story:

Health care costs choking small businesses

Is your small business struggling to keep health care costs low?  Let the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce help you.

The Chamber has recently partnered with BEN-E-LECT to create the Chamber Health Plan.  The Plan is designed to help employers with 2 or more employees understand how they can lower the cost of the group Medical, Dental, & Vision plans.

      What you should expect:

1.      Lower actual plan cost by an average of over 30% per year

2.      Maintain or Improve the benefits you provide your employees

3.      Access to the every leading insurance carrier in your area

4.      Fast, efficient, turnkey administration

5.      Full financial reporting of plan results

The Chamber Health Plan is only available to our chamber members.   The Chamber is the leading advocate for small business and its Chamber Health Plan is another benefit specifically designed to help its member investors.

The BEN-E-LECT Plan is currently helping thousands of Employers lower their medical, dental, and vision plan cost and control benefits. It will work for your business, as well.

Need more information?  Call us at 949-496-1555 or email us

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