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Chamber's Foundation Launches LEAD
(Leadership, Exploration and Development)
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce established a 501 (c) 3 Foundation in 1982. Since that time the Foundation has partnered with students, principals, teachers and college administrators in establishing a variety of activities and programs including: Adopt-A-School, Mentor, Educators in the Workplace, Principal for a Day, Executive for a Day and Education to Work Day.

On Tuesday, the Foundation kicked off its LEAD (Leadership, Exploration and Development) program where 24 high school sophomore students will take part in a six month program, similar to the Leadership Torrance Program.   Read More...
NEWS
2018 CA Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes
Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 3, a bill that increases the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The governor’s action makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide.

Large businesses with 26 or more employees began complying January 1, 2017. The current minimum wage for large businesses is $10.50 per hour; the rate will increase to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2018. Large businesses will reach the $15 per hour minimum wage in 2022.

Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees had a one-year delay and will see their first minimum wage increase on January 1, 2018; the minimum wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour.

Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increase. Hint: There are more than you might think!
TACC Encourages Members to Participate in Torrance Small Business Week
Since 2010, Small Business Saturday has become a tradition in many communities. Taking place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this celebratory day continues to grow in popularity. The City of Torrance signed on as a Small Business Partner in 2013.

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will run a media campaign urging business, residents and community members to shop local and support small businesses during Small Business Week, November 25th through December 2nd. The TACC welcomes the opportunity to market your business as part of Small Business Week. Your business is encouraged to offer a discount for a product or service. For example: Mention "Torrance Small Business Week" and enjoy a 10% discount off your entire purchase!

Please click the link below to download the application form. Participating businesses are asked to submit their application with their discount offer details no later than October 31st.
Additive Manufacturing Gives Shape to Technology & Innovations Committee Meeting
When thinking of 3D printing, one may conjure images of paper airplanes or plastic toys designed to entertain children. Following this week's rousing Technology & Innovations committee meeting featuring Chris Wentworth, additive manufacturing expert, it's clear that 3D printing is the wave of the future in all aspects of manufacturing, spanning every industry imaginable, from aerospace to healthcare.

The manufacturing industry is responsible for more than 13,000 jobs in Torrance; second only to the health care industry. Wentworth explained that 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is making it possible for manufacturers to create parts and components more efficiently and effectively; with marked reduction of negative environmental impact resulting from waste.

John Heffernan and Krista Arthur are co-chairs of the Technology & Innovations committee and will continue to have timely, exciting presenters at upcoming meetings. Be sure to mark your calendars for November 27th at 8am and join us for a thought-provoking and exciting exchange about the technologies and innovations that are shaping our lives and our work.
Leadership Torrance Class of 2018 Applications Being Accepted
Are you, or do you have an employee that is an emerging leader that is looking to develop their leadership skills? If yes, then click on the link below to learn about Leadership Torrance.

Leadership Torrance is a professional development program designed to help current and future leaders in business and other community organizations develop their leadership skills, community knowledge, and professional networks. Through the program, participants will learn and refine their leadership styles, meet and make connections with leaders in the community, and discover opportunities for community engagement and involvement.
Flu Prevention Begins With U
Influenza causes more than 30,000 deaths annually in the United States, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that everyone age 6 months or older get the flu vaccine each year.

“Influenza is a very serious illness that causes a lot of suffering, hospitalization and unnecessary deaths, particularly among the very old, the very young and those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems,” says Dr. Evelyn Curls, an internal medicine specialist at UCLA Health’s Redondo Beach practice. “The flu shot is a very simple – and safe – way to prevent the spread of this dangerous illness.”
EVENTS
Business @ Noon: Kincaid's
'Cause You Gotta Eat'

Tuesday, Nov. 14th
11:45am-1:15pm
$25 per person (includes meal)

Education & Workforce Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 15th | 8:30am-10am

Enhance the educational experience by linking academics, business and community to promote real-world learning. Support & encourage partnerships geared toward workforce preparation in our area.

Women in Business Committee Meeting

Friday, Nov. 17th | 8:00am-9:30am

The mission of the TACC Women in Business committee is to support the role of women in today's workforce. To provide women in business with a forum to engage with other members and build partnerships that will increase business potential as well as lasting friendships.

Please Join Us to Celebrate
Your Fellow TACC Members!
It's a great opportunity to network
& develop professional relationships!
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations:

Bloom Dental
Friday, Nov. 3rd | 2pm
2523 W. Carson St. | Torrance

Community's Child Hope Center
Friday, Nov. 3rd | 3:30pm
18807 Crenshaw Blvd. | Torrance

Shiny Little Blessings
Hosted at The Remedy Pharm
Wednesday, Nov. 8th | 4pm
23811 Hawthorne Blvd. | Torrance
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