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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
Donna Celebrates Torrance Area Business Superheroes
This past Tuesday, more than 100 Torrance area businesses and roughly 500 community members gathered for a superhero-themed Business Expo & Showcase at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach. It was an exciting evening full of networking and incredible displays from local small and medium businesses showcasing their various “superpowers.”
 
I was incredibly impressed by the creativity and professionalism displayed throughout the event, and am so appreciative for everyone’s enthusiastic participation and attendance. This event always serves as a great reminder that, as a business community, we have a lot to be proud of in Torrance. I want to express sincere gratitude to each and every individual who made this year’s event a huge success!
 
Special thanks to Green Hills Memorial Park and the Water Replenishment District of Southern California for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Business Expo & Showcase.
NEWS
Governor Signs Leave Mandate for Small Business
Late last week, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation mandating that small businesses provide a new protected leave of absence. SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara)   was identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer.

SB 63 which takes effect on January 1, 2018 will require employers to provide 12 weeks of baby bonding leave to employees in addition to the myriad of other leaves of absence programs California already imposes. This bill affects small employers with as few as 20 employees and applies to those employees who:

  • Worked more than 12 months;
  • Worked at least 1,250 hours of service during the prior 12-month period; and
  • Work at a worksite where there is at least 20 employees within a 75 mile radius.

Combined with other protected leaves, the bill could result in small employers having to provide up to seven months of protected leave for the same employee. This bill will have the greatest impact on employers with 20 to 49 employees who are not already required to provide family leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or the state California Family Rights Act. Read More...
Bringing Workforce and Education to the Table
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce realizes the importance of a skilled 21st century workforce. Forming a Workforce and Education committee to explore Workforce needs, individuals met yesterday to discuss skills gaps and ways in which to bring Workforce and Education together. Attending the meeting were representatives from Northrop Grumman, Bachem of America, South Bay Workforce Investment Board, Torrance Refining Company, El Camino College, Torrance Unified School District, Clix Portrait Studios and Marymount California University and Switzer Learning Center.
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.
Jonathan Beutler, Past Chairman; Donna Duperron, President and CEO; Laurie Brandt, Chairman of the Board and Mark Waronek Past Chairman congratulate Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fourth District at the conclusion of her first State of the County Address.
Governor Rejects Unlimited Access to Employer Documents
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has vetoed a bill that would have allowed organizations unaffiliated with the employer to access an undefined and potentially unlimited scope of employer internal documents within 10 business days upon request.

The California Chamber of Commerce was opposed to  AB 978   (Limón; D-Goleta)  because it also circumvented the rulemaking process now underway to provide employees access to their employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

Governor Brown agreed with CalChamber’s arguments, writing in his  veto message  that AB 978 is “unnecessary and duplicated of an existing regulatory proposal that is already underway at the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The Standards Board advisory committee process is better suited to determine how to properly implement requirements of this kind.” Read More...
Ghislaine Davis Honored by City
Last week, the City of Torrance named Ghislaine Davis "Citizen of the Year." Davis is the founder and executive director of South Bay Village, a nonprofit founded in 2014 that helps seniors stay in their homes.

“I love the seniors here in Torrance,” she said. “We need to make life a better place for older people and ourselves, and start caring deeply about others.”

Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Ghislaine!
EVENTS
Technology & Innovation Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 24th | 8:00am-9:30am

TOPIC: The Future of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Featuring Guest Speaker Chris Wentworth, expert in additive/3D manufacturing

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Friday, Oct. 27th | 8:30am-10am

Identify opportunities for building and maintaining public-private partnerships, creating a business-friendly environment and advocating for a 21st century infrastructure in Torrance. Join us!

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:

TOMORROW! Mo-Mo Paradise
Friday, Oct. 20th | 11:30am
21641 S. Western Avenue, A&D | Torrance

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
Business @ Noon: Kincaid's
'Cause You Gotta Eat'

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

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