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Torrance Chamber Hosts Dynamic Leadership Conference

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce had the distinct privilege of hosting 80 chamber executives and board members for a Leadership Conference this past Friday. The executives traveled from as far away as Oceanside to listen to keynote speaker, Dave Kilby, California Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

“Attending the conference I was able to relate and learn from many of Kilby’s points as both a Chamber Board Member and a small business owner. Topics such as, ‘Do we have the right people on the bus’ and ‘What is our elevator speech’ prompted me to think about ways to improve my bakery and to be a better board member,” stated Kirk Rossberg, owner, Torrance Bakery.

L to R: Jac Folkert, UCLA Health; Cori Close, Head Women's Basketball Coach at UCLA; and Donna Duperron, President/CEO, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Inspired Keynote from Coach Cori Close Highlights Women's Leadership Luncheon
Four dynamic local business leaders were honored at this week's 'Women's Leadership Luncheon' presented by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center-Torrance.

Keynote speaker Cori Close, Head Women's Basketball Coach at UCLA, inspired the room with her words. Close's mission for the UCLA Women's Basketball program is translatable to one's business leadership strategy. "Seek to create an atmosphere that will create a life-long passion to succeed," she shared.
Close went on to state that "problems are great; confidence is built by conquering those with enough margins in life that you remain adaptable." Special thanks to all who joined this most-inspiring afternoon and especially to the event's corporate sponsors: Toyota Motor Sales USA, Pelican Products, UCLA Health, DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay and Green Hills Memorial Park.
Mark Waronek presents Tracy Underwood of Toyota Motor Sales USA with this year's 'Athena Award'
Claudia McClain presents her sister, Jill Rossberg Carlton of Every Body's Pilates with the 'Small Business Award'
Chef Michael Shafer of The Depot presents Julie Randall of Torrance Antique Street Faire with the 'Inspirational Leader Award'
Leslie Cortez of the City of Torrance presents City of Torrance Councilwoman Heidi Ashcraft with the 'Women in Local Government Excellence Award'
April 14th Deadline for BizFed Pulse Poll

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) to better understand business concerns through the 2017 BizFed Pulse Poll

At no other time has it been more critical for you to share your thoughts, views and concerns on important issues affecting you, your business, and the LA County business community. Your responses gather data that is used to inform legislators and business leaders throughout our region every year. 

This is your opportunity to be heard! Take the poll as soon as possible - responses will be accepted until April 14th.

Job Killer Bills Continue to Advance in Senate

Senate policy committees this week continued to approve California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara), imposing a new maternity and paternity leave mandate.

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved SB 49 (de León; D-Los Angeles), which creates uncertainty and increases potential litigation regarding environmental standards.

CalChamber-Supported Prop. 65 Litigation Reform Passes Policy Committee

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that improves transparency and reduces litigation costs in Proposition 65 cases against California businesses passed an Assembly policy committee last week.

AB 1583 (Chau; D-Monterey Park) won unanimous support from the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.

Proposition 65 was designed to protect California’s drinking water from chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects, and to warn members of the public about the presence of those chemicals in their environment to help them avoid exposure. Since its enactment, Proposition 65 has helped protect the public by encouraging businesses to reformulate their products and to eliminate the use of listed chemicals.

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2nd Annual Torrance Fire Department
Awards & Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday | May 3rd
11:30am Registration |  12-2pm Awards & Luncheon
Held at the  DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
$45 | TACC Members
$55 | Non-Members

Business @ Noon:
Mulligan's Family Fun Center
Thurs | May 11th | 11:45am-1:15pm
2520 Sepulveda Blvd. | Torrance
$25 per person
Torrance Armed Forces Day
5K Run|Walk
Saturday | May 20th | 8am Race Start

Del Amo Fashion Center | Madrona Ave. Entrance  (Btwn Carson St. & Fashion Way)
$35 per person before May 1st

Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Local Kitchen - The American Tavern'
Monday | April 17th | 4pm
1321 Sartori Ave., Torrance

MyGym Torrance/Palos Verdes
Thursday | April 20th | 11:30am
3511 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite K, Torrance

Medi-Weightloss Clinics
Thursday | April 27th | 11:30am
3828 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance

Art of Business: FREE Program
Thursday | April 20th | 12noon-1:30pm
Featured Speaker: Heidi Butzine, Chief Marketing Strategist at Localista Media & Founder of
Topic: "Shiny Object Syndrome is NOT a Marketing Plan!"

TechPros: FREE Program
Tuesday | April 25th | 12noon-1:30pm
Featured Speaker: Wes Sleeman, Penetration Tester/Network Security Analyst & High School Student

Empowered Marketing Exchange: FREE Program
Tuesday | May 9th | 12noon-1:30pm
Featured Speaker: Molly Mahoney, FB Live Expert, Camera Confidence Coach. 
Topic:  "Build Your Audience and Boost Your Sales Using FB Live!"

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