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Leadership Torrance Class of 2016
Leadership Torrance Offers Professional and Personal Development
Applications are currently being accepted for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Torrance (LT) 2017 class. Participants take part in myriad activities designed to hone and develop their leadership skills, delving into the inner-workings of local commerce, government and community. Members of the program also travel to Sacramento for an insightful perspective on how local business and governmental issues are being handled in the state legislature.

This year's class boasts applicants from the public service, private business, city government and non-profit sectors. Alumni of the program report increased professional and personal development upon completion, as well as catapulted careers and personal networking opportunities in the Torrance community and beyond.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn swears in 2017 SBACC Executive Board
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce Holds Installation and Recognition
The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) held their annual Installation and Awards ceremony earlier today. The SBACC was created in 1979 to help South Bay aerospace companies advocate for key space and defense programs funded by Congress and the Pentagon. During these early years, all activities were voluntary and also mirrored the legislative advocacy undertaken by the California Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Wilson, Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Gipson was the master of ceremonies, while Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was the Installing Officer. The executive slate of officers for calendar year 2017 include: Dan Hoffman, Chairman of the Board; Charles Gale, Chair Elect; Michael Jackson, Immediate Past Chair; George Kivett, Treasurer; Janice Webb, Secretary; Eileen Hupp, Secretary; Donna Duperron, Past Chair Advisor; Mark Waronek, Past Chair Advisor; John Heffernan, AT&T and Eric Holley, Inglewood Chamber of Commerce.

Special recognition in the form of four annual awards were presented to Michael Jackson, John J. Parsons award; Tracy Hernandez, Shaun Lumachi award; Malaga Bank, Business of the Year award and Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, Agency of the Year award.

TONIGHT! Torrance Area Chamber's 2016 Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 15th
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Scott Robinson Honda
20340 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to South Bay youth this holiday season!

FREE Event | TACC Members & Non-Members Welcome!

Special Thanks to Scott Robinson Honda for Hosting and Sponsoring this year's Holiday Mixer!
Torrance Area Chamber Welcomes Congressional Representatives Waters & Lieu in January
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will host the State of the Region on Thursday, January 19th at 11:30am; featuring Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 43rd District and Congressman Ted Lieu, 33rd District.

The luncheon will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance. Waters and Lieu will present their insights regarding the local impact of national and global issues being dealt with at the Congressional level.

Please contact Donna Duperron at (310) 540-6688 to discuss sponsorship opportunities. 
Labor Law Update - Tips to Stay Ahead of the Curve
Join the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce for the California Labor Law Update on Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00 am at Toyota USA Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Ave in Torrance.

Labor Law Update is a panel discussion featuring New California Employment Laws Impacting Business and will offer attendees useful tips to stay ahead of the curve. Moderator Rob Van Lingen will lead the panel to help you gain knowledge on Employment Law and navigating new laws for 2017 from experts in the fields of Law, Insurance and Human Resources.

Please contact Donna Duperron at (310) 540-6688 to discuss sponsorship opportunities. Registration for this event will be open on Monday, December 12th.
Business @ Noon

Thursday, Jan. 12th

25343 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance

There's always something happening with the Torrance Area Chamber
TACC GAP Members Thank Hadley and Napolitano
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Policy (GAP) members met on Wednesday, December 14th and thanked Assemblyman David Hadley, 66th District and Steve Napolitano for their efforts and and service to the community in assisting enterprise, non-profits and residents of the South Bay. (L to R: Wes Hass, representing Congressman Ted Lieu's office; Serena Josel, Larry Halvorsen, Ted Porter, Aaron Alcides, Leilani Dagostino-Kimmel, Steve Napolitano, Assemblyman David Hadley, Rob Van Lingen, Donna Duperron, Charles Gale, Eleanor Barthe-Jones representing the City of Torrance, Steve McAller, Zully Flores, Roslyn Bodanis, Jack Walser)
Reserve Your Space in the Inagural "Member Monthly" E-Blast Slated for Jan. 2nd
Up to ten emails per week from one organization is simply too many. That's the driving force behind the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce's new communication platform, "Member Monthly." The newsletter-formatted e-blast will be sent out on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, beginning on January 2nd, 2017; featuring promotions, fundraising announcements and events from TACC members.

Is your business looking to promote an upcoming sale? Perhaps you're planning a fundraiser event and need to sell more tickets. Whether you represent a non-profit or large corporation, Member Monthly offers you an effective and affordable (listings start at $35 for non-profits and $50 for companies) opportunity to get your message in front of more than 2,600 active subscribers in the Torrance area. Space starts at $35.

In a world of fast communication, where the average person receives anywhere from 15-55 emails per day (and oftentimes closer to triple-digits); the Torrance Area Chamber is striving for a more efficient way of communicating with, and on behalf of, our members in 2017.

It is the Torrance Area Chamber's hope that you find this new format convenient and useful, ultimately becoming your "one-stop-shop" for member promotions and offers. For information on how to reserve your space in an upcoming distribution of Member Monthly, please contact Leah Hamilton, TACC Communications Coordinator at (310) 792-2339 or via email.
New Year, New Laws

The California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2017 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California.

Employers need to be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as the state minimum wage. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing list or may relate only to specific industries.

Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2017. This year, many bills feature delayed or phased-in implementation.

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