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L to R: Jonathan Beutler, Presenting Sponsor, Sunrider International; Sidney Williams, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Congressman Ted Lieu; Laurie Brandt, Chairwoman of the Board for the TACC and Co-Proprietor, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant; Mayor Patrick J. Furey, City of Torrance; and Donna Duperron, President and CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce.
TACC Convenes Congressional Representatives and Business Leaders
Last week, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce proudly produced its annual State of the Region luncheon, presented by Sunrider International . The event featured addresses from each of the Torrance area's Congressional Representatives, Maxine Waters, 43rd District, and Ted Lieu, 33rd District.

Waters and Lieu spoke about myriad issues facing our region, including transportation, infrastructure and cyber security. The TACC extends its sincere appreciation to both Waters and Lieu for their thoughtful addresses to members and business leaders. Appreciation is also extended to the event's supporting sponsors: American Honda, Kaiser Permanente, Torrance Refining Company, UCLA Health, Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings, California Water Service Company, El Camino College Foundation, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Southern California Edison, Pelican Products, the Daily Breeze, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay.
St. Patrick's Day Golf Tournament to Benefit South Bay Charity
The 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament benefitting the South Bay Police & Fire Memorial Foundation (SBPFMF) will be held on Monday, March 26th at Los Verdes Golf Club. SBPFMF encompasses safety personnel from nine South Bay Cities. Monies raised from the tournament provide emergency financial support to police officers and fire fighters in times of hardship due to illness and/or death.

To sponsor, play, or find out more about the organization, please Click Here.
DACA Decision: California Employer Update
The Supreme Court’s recent denial of a Trump administration bid to expedite a legal challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program means, for the time being, California employers can continue to legally employ Dreamers with DACA status.

Status quo for the DACA program also means that Congress is unlikely to take up comprehensive immigration reform anytime soon. This issue is critical to California employers because more than 200,000 Dreamers live and work in the state. Read More...
LEAD Experiences Torrance First Responders Day
Above Left: TUSD Students get hands-on experience with the TFD. Above Right: LEAD participants tour the TPD command center.
Special thanks are extended to Torrance Memorial Hospital, the Torrance Fire Department and the Torrance Police Department for hosting the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation's LEAD students. Twenty six TUSD High School sophomores are participating in the program; which seeks to promote leadership skills, encourage involvement with their community and hone in on their future goals and career paths through dynamic experiences.
Women in Business: Friday, March 9th @ 8am
Topic: "When I was young, I wanted to be ______". Are you who you want to be? Why or why not? How have your childhood dreams influenced your choices? We invite you to attend and share how your choices shaped who you are and offer any suggestions on how to move confidently forward. Open to current members of the TACC and their employees.

Meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 8am at the TACC Office. RSVP is requested. Click Here to RSVP
Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP): Wednesday, March 14th @ Noon
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 12pm at the TACC office. (Note our new location!) RSVP is required by email & a light lunch is provided. GAP members discuss and establish Chamber positions on various legislative issues that are of significance to the Torrance area business community. Click Here to RSVP Via Email
Business at Noon: Palos Verdes Bowl
 "Cause you gotta eat."
Thursday, March 15th: 11:45am-1:15pm
$25 per person; includes a St. Patrick's Day-themed meal including delectable corned beef & cabbage.
Click Here to Reserve Your Seat! or call (310) 540-5858 to make your reservation by phone.
Chamber 101: Tuesday, March 20th @ 8:30am
So, you've joined the Chamber. Now what? Join us for this informative and insightful program designed to help you maximize your membership and gain a better understanding of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Click Here to RSVP
Education & Workforce Development: Wednesday, March 21st @ 8:30am
This committee seeks to 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.

Member organizations and their employees are welcome to attend and participate, providing opportunities for professional development and relationship building. This group meets at the Chamber office. RSVP is requested. Click Here to RSVP
5th Annual Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon: March 22nd @ 11:30am
Join us as we honor the brave officers of the Torrance Police Department who, while serving in an official or unofficial capacity, have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty. This event will be held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center's Toyota Meeting Hall with catering by The Depot. Click Here for Tickets
Torrance City Council Candidates Forum: March 29th @ 7:30am-10am
Join us at the Nakano Theater for a panel discussion with those individuals vying for seats on the Torrance City Council in 2018. Panelists will field questions about local business issues and matters that are important to the economic health of the Torrance area.
Please Join Us for These Upcoming Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebrations:

Monday, March 19th @ 11:30am
Providence Little Company of Mary; Pediatric/Adult Neurology Clinic
4201 Torrance Blvd., Suite 560 | Torrance

Wednesday, March 21st @ 11am
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
23600 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite A | Torrance (corner of Skypark/Hawthorne)

Wednesday, March 28th @ 9am
Nelson Staffing
21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 400 | Torrance

Friday, April 6th @ 11:30am
Schools Federal Credit Union
20101 Hamilton Ave., Suite 150 | Torrance
Tickets for these events will be available soon. Please check or call us at (310) 540-5858 to make reservations by phone:

April 4th: Women's Leadership Luncheon
Featuring Torrance Chief of Police, Eve Irvine

April 6th : State of the State Breakfast
with State Senators Ben Allen and Steven Bradford, and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

April 25th: Lunch with Our Leader
with Los Angeles County 4th District Supervisor, Janice Hahn

May 2nd : Torrance Fire Department Awards & Appreciation
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