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OUT & ABOUT
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Leadership from the United States Junior Chamber  
L to R: Melissa Yamada, Heather Vardell, Donna Duperron, Neil Fitzgerald
Last week, it was my honor to welcome Heather Vardell, 2017 National President and Neil Fitzgerald, 2017 National Vice President to the Chamber office.  Heather and Neil represent the United States Junior Chamber (JCI).  Heather and Neil were visiting as a result of a request made by Melissa Yamada to start a Junior Chamber of Commerce, under the umbrella of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce.

After a series of meetings with Melissa, and through mentorship of Don Lee, a former Torrance Jaycee, the meeting with Vardell and Fitzgerald yielded positive results.  Announcements will be made in upcoming editions of Chamber Weekly as to a Meet-and-Greet to learn more about the program.
EVENT RECAP
Waters & Lieu Speak to Sold-Out Room
L to R: Jac Folkert, Clifton L. Johnson, Aaron Aalcides, Jonathan Beutler, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dan Keeton, Tara O'Brien and Sherry Kramer
More than 220 people attended the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce's 2017 State of the Region event, hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay. Congressional Representatives Maxine Waters, 43rd District and Ted Lieu, 33rd District spoke to the audience about a variety of issues of interest to South Bay Area business; including the Affordable Care Act, transportation and infrastructure, and cyber security.

The day's event was made possible by the generous contributions of its corporate sponsors: American Honda, Kaiser Permanente South Bay, PBF Energy, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Pelican Products and Green Hills Memorial Park.
NEWS
On-Call Rest Periods Not Allowed, California Supreme Court Rules

In a disappointing decision for California businesses, the California Supreme Court ruled recently that on-call rest periods are not permissible. This decision will require many California employers to re-examine their rest-break policies and practices.

"Red, White & Blue" and "Patriot" Sponsorship Opportunities for 5K

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking 250 Torrance Area businesses to support the Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk scheduled for May 20th with a $100 sponsorship. These "Red, White and Blue" sponsors will be listed on the event banner and official website.

Additionally, twenty "Patriot" sponsors are being sought at $500 investment level; which includes listing on the event banner, official website and table space on-site the day of the event! 

Sponsorship is open to TACC members and non-members & can be completed online by clicking the button below.
EVENTS
TONIGHT!

Lisa's Bon Appetit: Catering Kitchen Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration!

3535 Lomita Blvd, Suite C
Torrance, CA 90505

Thursday, Jan. 26th
Ribbon Cutting | 5pm
Grand Opening Festivities | 6pm-10pm
Samuels Jewelers: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

21712 Hawthorne Blvd
Space 297A
Del Amo Mall, Near Jo-Ann Fabrics

Tuesday, Feb. 7th

11am | Ribbon Cutting
18th Annual JBA Grand Mixer

Live Music | Catering | Business Bingo

Hosted by Sunrider International
1625 Abalone Ave | Torrance

Thursday, Feb. 9th
Chen Art Gallery Tours | 4pm
Registration | 4:30pm
Event | 5-6:30pm
Business @ Noon

Thursday, Feb. 9th
11:45am-1:15pm
1434 Marcelina Ave, Torrance

"Yelp or Yikes"
Tuesday, Feb. 14th |  12-1:30pm
Speaker: David Wang, Web Guru and Owner of Funtastic Photo Booth
"How to Harness the Power of Trust in Your Business"
Thursday, February 16th | 12-1:30pm
Speaker: Katie Vernoy, MS, MFT Therapist, Coach, Consultant
20th Annual Black History Celebration
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way | Torrance

Friday, February 24th
10:30am | Vendor Walkway
11:00am | Registration
12:00pm | Event & Luncheon
"Web-Based Automation"
Tuesday, February 28th | 12-1:30pm
Speaker: Erik Bowman of Localista Media | TechPro, Web Developer, and Entrepreneur
There's always something happening with the Torrance Area Chamber
SOCIAL MEDIA TIP OF THE WEEK
Use a Social Media Management Tool

If you’re using the native publishing platforms for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you’re probably wasting a lot of time and being less productive than if you had one concise tool to help you manage them all. Social media management tools like Sprout Social, Buffer and Hootsuite make it a lot easier to:

  • Publish content across multiple platforms
  • Schedule posts in advance
  • Collaborate with your team
  • See all of your social media feeds from a single dashboard instead of logging into five different sites
  • Track and measure your results

There are plenty of other benefits to using a social media dashboard, but those instances alone are more than enough to make the move. The casual user may be able to stick with managing their social media from their phones, but as a business, you need to use a tool that will allow you to be more efficient and strategic.

THE COMMUNITY
NEW MEMBERS
Look who joined the Chamber! Welcome to the community.
RENEWING MEMBERS
The Torrance area business community wouldn't be the same without you.
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