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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
Pictured above (L to R): Jonathan Beutler, Immediate Past Chair TACC; Donna Duperron, President/CEO of the TACC; Allan Zaremberg, President/CEO of CalChamber; Laurie Brandt, Chairwoman of the TACC; Chef Michael Shafer, Owner, The Depot Restaurant.
Donna Attends Legislative Summit in Sacramento
The California Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual summit yesterday for business and local chamber of commerce leaders from throughout the state. The sold out half-day summit preceded this morning’s Host Breakfast, which featured speakers including Governor Edmund G. Brown. Jr. and 2018 CalChamber Chair Terry MacRae, CEO, president and founder of Hornblower Cruises & Events.

The legislative summit featured political insiders and CalChamber policy advocates who spoke about election year politics and state policy issues. CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg, opened the program with a straight talk about priority business issues.

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce was one of 29 chambers to receive the highly coveted 2018 President’s Circle Award.
NEWS
Shafer Named Small Business Advocate of the Year
Michael Shafer, owner of the Depot Restaurant, has been named Small Business Advocate of the Year by the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) at its annual Legislative Summit.

Each year since 1996, the CalChamber has recognized several small business owners who have done an exceptional job with their local, state and national advocacy efforts on behalf of small business.

The criterion used in the selection process include taking leadership roles in or working on federal, state or local ballot measures, testifying before state Legislature and representing a local Chamber of Commerce before government.

Shafer has continually mentored business owners who make up the Downtown Torrance business community, he constantly rallies behind businesses throughout the City to become active and vocal in respect to job creation and he has repeatedly encouraged business owners to go before legislative bodies in support of other businesses or key issues facing business.

Click here to read the full press release from CalChamber.
Opposition Strengthens Over Plan to Impose Tax on Services
A recently identified job killer bill that would impose a 3% tax on services purchased by businesses in California was discussed this week as a special order of business in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

SB 993 (Hertzberg; D-Van Nuys)  has been identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as the 28th job killer bill. SB 993 is a job killer because it adds another layer of taxes onto California companies, raising costs, and puts them at a competitive disadvantage. Read more...
New National Origin Regulations Coming July 1st
As  previously reported , the proposed amendments to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) addressing national origin protections were sent to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. The Office of Administrative Law recently approved these regulations, and they are effective July 1, 2018.

Although California already has strict rules that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on protected classes, including national origin, the new regulations expand those rules. The regulations protect both applicants and employees, including individuals who are undocumented. Read more...
CalChamber Board Chair, Governor Address 93rd Annual Host Breakfast
Business, civic and legislative leaders gathered in Sacramento this morning for the  93rd annual Sacramento Host Breakfast featuring remarks from CalChamber Board Chair Terry MacRae and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

The annual breakfast was attended by more than 1,400 guests from throughout California.
The Sacramento Host Breakfast offers decision-making leaders in California finance, government, education, agriculture, military and industry the opportunity to exchange views, establish and renew friendships, and create statewide atmospheres of good will and understanding, all at a common table. Read More...
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EVENTS
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Business After Hours : Mulligan Family Fun Center: Wednesday, May 30 @ 5pm
Ribbon Cutting : Re+Active Physical Therapy & Wellness: Friday, June 1 @ 11:30am
Ribbon Cutting : Center for Discovery: Thursday, June 7 @ 4:30pm
Women in Business : Friday, June 8 @ 8:00am
GAP (Governmental Affairs Policy) : Friday, June 13 @ 8:00am
Inaugural & Business Awards Celebration : Friday, June 15 @ 11:30am
Click above to see the full list of award recipients & for tickets!
Ribbon Cutting : Guaranty Escrow: Thursday, June 28 @ 3:30pm
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