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New restaurants, businesses and workshops planned in Mission Viejo

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Ding Tea 
Beverage franchise Ding Tea is expected to open at the end of September in College Center at 28171 Marguerite Parkway. Ding Tea is known for its different tea flavors and toppings like Matcha Green Tea, Oolong Milk Tea and different Boba toppings. Along with teas, Ding Tea serves fruit juices, coffees, and yogurt. The Ding Tea franchise originated in Asia and has spawned to locations across the United States with Mission Viejo as its latest locale. 

Big Chopsticks 
Work is underway at 25098 Marguerite for a new Big Chopsticks eatery. The City recently issued a tenant-improvement permit for interior improvements. Big Chopsticks is a fast-casual Chinese restaurant serving soups, stir-fry dishes, Chow Mein and other favorites. The Mission Viejo location is the chain’s fifth OC location and first in south Orange County. For more information, visit http://www.bigchopsticks.info.

In other business news, the City received an application for the remodel of the existing Del Taco restaurant on Avery and Marguerite Parkway. The remodel entails façade, landscape and parking updates. The updated building façade will feature a new color scheme, enhanced entryways with new a tower element, stone veneer and wall art to add architectural interest. This plan received the green light from the Design Review Committee and is headed to the Planning Commission for consideration. 
Hiring Made Easy Workshop – Sept. 19  
South OC Entrepreneurs Academy on September 19 is hosting its third business workshop in partnership with SCORE. The workshop is from 6-8 p.m. at the Laguna Niguel City Hall. It focuses on finding and hiring the right people to motivate, compensate and prevent lawsuits. To register, visit https://orangecounty.score.org.   

This is the third installment of a 2018-2019 program offering free workshops to assist local businesses. Each month throughout the next year, the South OC Entrepreneurs Academy will host a workshop focusing on a different business topic. The location of these workshops rotate among Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Rancho Santa Margarita. 

For a complete schedule of upcoming workshops, visit https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/economic-development

SCORE Resources for New Businesses 
SCORE is a national nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, workshops, online classes and other resources to new or established small businesses. SCORE offers free face-to-face mentoring services to business owners and entrepreneurs looking to launch a start-up or grow an existing business. The one-hour appointments are designed to analyze your opportunities and help find solutions to problems. Appointments with local mentors are available online at www.score114.org or by calling 714-550-7369. 

In addition to mentoring, SCORE offers local and online workshops and classes focused on different aspects of business management. For more information, visit www.score.org

Free Document Shredding Event Sept. 15
Mission Viejo Police Services and the City are giving Mission Viejo residents and businesses the chance to destroy their sensitive documents on Saturday, September 15. The free drive-through document shredding event is from 8 a.m. to noon in the Mission Viejo High School parking lot at 25025 Chrisanta Drive.

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation, and shredding documents with personal or financial information can be an effective measure of prevention.

Mission Viejo residents and businesses can bring up to 10 legal-size boxes of paper records – cancelled checks, pay stubs, credit card statements and more – for immediate shredding by Orange County Shredding. The boxes of pages may contain staples and paper clips but must be free of notebooks or other bindings.

For more information, contact 949-470-8433 or crimeprevention@cityofmissionviejo.org.

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