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Donna Visits UEI College

As I entered UEI College, it was bustling with students, teachers and administrators working together. I was greeted by Marco Guerrero, Director of Career Services, who was eager to show me the campus and introduce me to those involved in providing industry-relevant education and training.

“Our vocational and trade school programs have one goal in mind; to prepare individuals for a career. Our programs are modeled to real world standards, so what a student does in the classroom will be what they are doing outside of the classroom, too. Students are held to workplace standards so that they are ready for an entry-level position in the career of their choice when they graduate,” explained Guerrero.
L to R: Dr. Jake Rofman, Kaiser Permanente, Supervisor Janice Hahn and TACC Chairman of the Board, Jonathan Beutler
Hahn Brings South Bay Focus to County Issues
Many Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members came together for Janice Hahn's inaugural address, which was graciously hosted by Sunrider International last Wednesday. Hahn spoke to attendees about the work she and fellow Supervisors are doing to address a number of issues pressing to the South Bay business community, including homelessness.

Special thanks to the event's caterer, Entertaining Friends Catering, as well as its presenting sponsors; PBF Energy, Kaiser Permanente and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Raise Your Voice! BizFed Asks: What Keeps You Awake at Night? 

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, 2017.

California's Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes

In 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 3, a bill that will increase 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 begin complying January 1, 2017 and will reach $15 per hour in 2022. Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees are not required to begin the scheduled increases until 2018 and will have until 2023 to reach the $15-per-hour rate.

Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increase.

Download CalChamber's free white paper to learn more, including:

  • Scheduled increases to the minimum wage
  • Affected pay practices
  • Classifying employees
  • Posters and notices
  • Best practices

New Criminal Background Regulations Coming July 1

On March 27th, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved new regulations relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office and are effective on July 1, 2017. Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.

Small Business Cyber Security Summit Tomorrow - RSVP Now!
Join Congressman Ted Lieu and a panel of cyber security experts for this FREE event hosted at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce!

7:30am | Registration
8-9:30am | Event

2300 Crenshaw Blvd. | Building B | Torrance
( On the So Cal R.O.C. Campus)
Business @ Noon:
The San Franciscan
Tues | April 4th | 11:45am-1:15pm
2520 Sepulveda Blvd. | Torrance
$25 per person (incl. lunch & non-alcoholic beverage)
State of the State Presented by
UCLA Health & Kaiser Permanente

Featuring State Senators Benjamin Allen & Steven Bradford, and Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi

Friday | April 7th
7:30am Registration |  8-9:30am Breakfast & Program
Held at the  DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
$40 | TACC Members
$50 | Non-Members

Women's Leadership Luncheon Presented by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Tuesday | April 11th
11:30am  Registration |  12-2pm  Luncheon & Address
Held at DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
$45 | TACC Members
$55 | Non-Members

Celebrating the Remarkable Achievements & Business Leadership of these Torrance Area Women:

Athena Award • Tracy Underwood, Toyota Motor Sales USA

Small Business Award • Jill Carlton, Every Body's Pilates

Inspirational Leader Award • Julie Randall, Torrance Antique Street Faire

Women in Local Gov't Excellence Award • Heidi Ashcraft, City of Torrance Councilwoman

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

TACC Members Rally Behind Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk
What do you get when you mix more than 2,500 people, the beautiful eucalyptus lined streets of Torrance, and a start/end point filled with generous event sponsors & military static displays? The Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 20th!

The sponsorship deadline has been extended through May 1st. Today, t he Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the TACC member community and corporate community at large for their generous support, to-date, of this year's May 20th event:

Presenting Sponsor: UCLA Health

There's Always Something Happening at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce!
Congratulations on Joining the Torrance Area Chamber Community!
  The Torrance Area Business Community Wouldn't Be the Same Without You.

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