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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
Donna Duperron, President and CEO, was installed as a BizFed Board of Director for 2018. The Installation took place at the California Club in Los Angeles on January 23, 2018.
Congratulations BizFed on Your 10th Anniversary
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is a member of BizFed, an organization with more than 170 business organizations representing 390,000 employers with 3.5 employees throughout Los Angeles County. BizFed is a massive, diverse grassroots alliance that advocates for policies and projects that strengthen our regional economy.

Biz Fed provides high-level access to key policymakers, elected officials and thought leaders which the TACC finds very valuable. Additionally, BizFed has provided TACC with information on timely issues affecting business and has assisted to organize, educate and mobilize south bay business leaders to be catalysts for a stronger economy in Los Angeles County.
Betsy Brien and Brandon Matson, Torrance Refining Company, join with Donna Duperron in wishing BizFed a happy 10 th anniversary.
NEWS
TACC Supports Los Angeles Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, representing over 750 businesses throughout the Los Angeles South Bay Region, has sent a letter to Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency to express support for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant application, submitted by the Los Angeles County Metro, for the South Bay Light Rail Extension to Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance. The South Bay Light Rail Extension is of the utmost urgency and the TACC is joined by many local, state and federal elected officials who represent the South Bay, in support of this critical project.

This project is part of an important modernization program that involves the construction of six new transit corridor projects, that will increase Metro light rail and bus networks by approximately 60 miles. Once completed, Metro will connect Los Angeles County with the growing network of transit and rail lines throughout Southern California and beyond, including intercity rail service. Given the existing and projected traffic congestion, in the most congested region in California, the opportunity to provide cost-efficient transit options that will enhance transit access, mobility, travel times and safety for numerous communities and thousands of Metro riders, must be seized now.
Members Gather for 19th Annual TACC & JBA Grand Mixer
Last night, members of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and Japan Business Association gathered at Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance for the 19th annual Grand Mixer and business exchange. The event was kicked off with a ceremonial sake cask opening ceremony and traditional toast. It was a great event and a reminder of the wonderful business community we serve.

Special thanks are extended to Robinson Helicopter Company for graciously hosting the event in their hangar, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant for catering the event, and the various businesses and organizations that set up booths and donated to the raffle.
Reminder: Post Form 300A Starting February 1
Don’t forget that you need to post the Form 300A summary of job-related injuries and illnesses from 2017 at your place of business from February 1 through April 30.
Employers are required to post only the summary (Form 300A) — not the Form 300 (Log). The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the previous year and were logged on the Form 300. Read more...
Don't Miss Out on Tax Credits for Your Company
Do you know the state of California is offering over $200 million in tax credits this year to incentivize businesses to create full-time jobs? The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development will be available in your community for a free
one-hour workshop to explain how the California Competes Tax Credit program can help your business expand in the Golden State.

This program is available to businesses of all sizes throughout California. Join the 865 California businesses that have been awarded $624.9 million in tax credits since Governor Brown created the California Competes Tax Credit program in 2014. 

The next application period begins March, 5, 2018. For more information about the California Competes Tax Credit program including an application guide and FAQs, click  here . Let us help you save money and take your business to the next level.

Attention CPAs:  GO-Biz is now offering Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for attending this one-hour workshop.
TPD Seeks Nine Year Winning Streak at Challenge Cup Relay
This year marks the 34th consecutive Challenge Cup Relay, a 120 mile relay race from Baker, CA to Las Vegas, NV. With over 250 agencies from around the world competing, it is the largest law enforcement competition of its kind. The Torrance Police Department has won 1st place in its division the last 8 years (2010-2017) and finished 8th overall out of 272 teams in 2017. This event is funded 100% from donations and only made possible by the generosity of our community. If you would like to contribute to TPD's team, a GoFundMe page has been set up, and donations can be made Here .
Ted Lieu's Office Hosts Third Annual Bi-Partisan, Multi-District Service Academy Day at the Los Angeles Air Force Base
On Saturday, February 10th, 2018, from 1:00-4:00pm, Ted Lieu's office will host its Third Annual Bi-Partisan, Multi-District Service Academy Day. Students 6th-11th grade, parents, and educators are welcome to attend and listen to speakers from each of the United States Military Branch Academies.

Because of the restricted access to the base, RSVP is required no later than January 31st, 2018 at https://ca33serviceacademyday.eventbrite.com. Questions should be directed to Daisy Paniagua-Uribe at (323) 651-1040. Click here for more information.
EVENTS
Business at Breakfast: Norms Restaurant
Cause you gotta eat.

Tuesday, Feb. 6th: 7:45am-9:15am
Start your day off strong with a great breakfast & networking to grow your business. Only 10 seats remaining! $25 per person; includes meal.

Click Here to Reserve Your Seat! or call (310) 540-5858 today!
Women in Business: Feb. 9th @ 8am
Open to current members of the TACC and their employees.

Meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 8am at the TACC Office (note our new location!) RSVP is requested. Click Here to RSVP
Chamber 101: Feb. 13th @ 8:30am
Learn more about membership & how to maximize your results with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. RSVP is REQUIRED.
Click Here to RSVP online or call (310) 540-5858.
Ribbon Cutting: Feb. 14th @ 8:45am

Lisa's Cafe & Bakery (A Lisa's Bon Appetit Company)
3511 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance
(Located in the Town & Country Plaza @ Corner of PCH and Rolling Hills Way)
Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP): Feb. 14th @ Noon
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 12pm at the TACC office. (Note our new location!) RSVP is required by email & a light lunch is provided. GAP members discuss and establish Chamber positions on various legislative issues that are of significance to the Torrance area business community. Click Here to RSVP Via Email
Education & Workforce Development: Feb. 21st @ 8:30am
Open to current members of the TACC and their employees. Meets at the TACC office. (Note our new location!)

RSVP is requested. Click Here to RSVP
State of the Region: Feb. 22nd @ 11:30am
This highly-anticipated event features addresses from Congressional Representatives Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu.

Tickets are selling fast, so don't delay in making your reservations today!

Technology & Innovation: Feb. 27th @ 8am
Join us for this month’s Technology and Innovation meeting where you will get the latest updates on all things tech, from the newest apps to cyber security alerts, all in an effort to help your business grow. The meeting includes networking opportunities and refreshments, so please RSVP!


Ribbon Cutting: Feb. 28th @ 9:00am

Smart & Final
17500 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance (cross street is Artesia)
5th Annual Torrance Police Department Appreciation & Awards Luncheon: Mar. 22nd @ 11:30am
Join us as we honor the brave officers of the Torrance Police Department who, while serving in an official or unofficial capacity, have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty.

Tickets for these events will be available 6 weeks prior to the event date

March 29th : City of Torrance City Council Candidates Forum

April 6th : State of the State
with State Senators Ben Allen and Steven Bradford, and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

May 2nd : Torrance Fire Department Awards & Appreciation
There's Always Something Happening at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce!
NEW MEMBERS
Congratulations on Joining the Torrance Area Chamber Community!
RENEWING MEMBERS
  The Torrance Area Business Community Wouldn't Be the Same Without You.
The Chamber Helps Torrance Area Businesses Reach Their Full Potential
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce | (310) 540-5858 | www.TorranceChamber.com