In This Issue:

 The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and UCLA Health are proud to announce the Torrance Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk! The 5k will take place at 8:00am May 21st before the start of the annual Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade.

Each week we recognize the new and renewing members of our growing Chamber. Here are the businesses who have joined or renewed their membership in the past week.

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10-19 YEARS


State of the State
Thurs, March 24th | 8:30a
Torrance DoubleTree
21333 Hawthorne BlvdTorrance

Legendary Luncheon featuring Vic Edelbrock
Wed, March 30th | 12:00p
Vic's Garage
510 Madrid Street, Torrance

Lunch & Learn // You're Social, Now What?
Wed, April 6th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Torrance City Council Candidates Forum
Thurs, April 7th | 8:00a
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance

40th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting // Pregnancy Help Center
Fri, April 8th | 3:30p
1311 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite A 

Empowered Marketing Exchange
Tues, April 12th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP)
Wed, April 13th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Business at Noon
Thurs, April 14th | 11:45a
Miyako Hybrid Hotel (Ise Shima Restaurant)
21381 S Western AveTorrance

Ignite Torrance
Tues, April 19th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
These events are open to everyone. Non-members of the Chamber may attend up to two events prior to joining as a Member.* Contact the Chamber for information on how to reserve your seat for these events: (310) 540-5858.

* Excluding Business at Noon. Business at Noon is a members-only event.
Purchase your required 2016 Employment Notices Poster online today.

Out & About
with TACC President & CEO Donna Duperron
Larry Halvorsen (right) and Heidi Cunningham (left) of Express Employment Professionals.
Donna visits Express Employment Professionals
As I entered Express Employment Professionals in Torrance, I was greeted by owner Larry Halvorsen. Halvorsen, a very involved chamber member, pointed out various posters on the wall and the meaning behind each of them and provided a tour of the spacious office.
     Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Founded in 1983, Express today employs 400,000 people across nearly 700 franchise locations worldwide. Halvorsen explained that the long-term goal is at the heart of the company's vision, to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people.

Have Lunch with Vic Edelbrock - Reserve Your Seat at the Table Today
The Legendary Luncheon series returns next week on March 30th, featuring local legend Vic Edelbrock. Join Vic over lunch as he shares the story of how Edelbrock, the world-famous  specialty performance automotive and motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturer, got its start and became the influential company it is today.
     The event will be held at Vic's Garage, where attendees will be surrounded by the Edelbrock family and private car collection. Vic's Garage is located at 510 Madrid Street in Torrance. The event will begin at 12:00 noon.
    Reservations cost $25 for TACC Members and $35 for non-members. Register online now at torrancechamber.com or call the Chamber at (310) 540-5858.
Meet the Candidates Running for Three Open Seats on Torrance City Council
Thursday, April 7th, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Torrance City Council Candidates Forum for residents & business owners to meet the candidates who are running for the three open seats on the Torrance City Council.
     The invited candidates include: Leilani A. Kimmel-Dagostino, Michael Griffiths, Milton Herring, Geoffrey Rizzo, Asam Sheikh, and Genghmun Eng.
     To be held at the Toyota Automobile Museum located at 19600 Van Ness Avenue in Torrance, breakfast & check-in will start at 7:45am with the forum to commence at 8:00am. Reservations cost $20 for TACC members and $30 for Non-members.

or call (310) 540-5858
South Bay Legislators Introduce TACC-Supported Bills
South Bay Legislators Benjamin Allen (26th State Senate District) and David Hadley (66th State Assembly District) have each introduced bills that the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce has taken fast action to support. Help us get these bills passed in Sacramento!

SB 1215 (Allen). Establishes the California Aerospace Commission, uniting a geographically diverse group of leaders from a variety of aerospace-related fields to pursue the objective of making California the undisputed worldwide epicenter of commercial, academic, and government-related aerospace activity. Take Action!

SB 933 (Allen). Establishes the California Teacher Corps program, which would provide matching grants to local school districts to create or expand teacher residency programs in which the funds can be used to pay for master teacher stipends, stipends and tuition for residents, and costs of mentoring and induction. Take Action!

AB 2026 (Hadley). Requires all plaintiffs or petitioners who sue under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to include an affidavit identifying every person or entity who makes a monetary contribution of $1,000 or more to fund the litigation. This will effectively stop anonymous plaintiffs from suing under CEQA, improving a grossly misused environmental protection law that has been a grave hindrance for economic development in California. Take Action!
Donna Duperron, President and CEO, attended the BizFed Leadership Roundtable with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia last Thursday. Mayor Garcia discussed minimum wage, goods movement and local and regional economic development.
The TACC is Leading the Way with the BizFed Annual Survey - Calling all Members to Contribute
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) has partnered with the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) to encourage businesses and nonprofit organizations to complete the 2016 BizFed Pulse Poll. BizFed's annual poll is your chance to communicate what's helping or hurting your business. The data you submit will provide invaluable information and analysis that the Chamber needs to focus its advocacy efforts behind TACC members' priority concerns.
     The deadline for the survey is next Friday, March 31. At the end of the survey, please click the box next to Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce to let BizFed know you'd like to be counted towards TACC's response count. Thank you!

What makes your business unique?
Every member of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce appears in the business listings in the Torrance Magazine & Resource Guide, but how will you stand out from the crowd? Ad space is still available to give your business the visibility it deserves. Purchasing an ad also gives you space to write an article and share your expertise.
     Contact Jeanne Garrison at (310) 317-9730 or at info@sienapublishing.com to find out more about ad space.
     This year's issue will release in June.

Keeping Up with Leadership Torrance
Last month, Leadership Torrance held their 'Skills Day' at Destination:Art in Old Torrance. The program, created and facilitated by Theresa Mack, focused on identifying leadership styles, strengthening communication skills, self and professional development, and team building exercises. The flex-space was beautiful, and accommodated our hands-on approach for the day, and helped the creative juices flow!

ContactContact us today for membership information!

Email Kelly, Membership Coordinator, at kelly@torrancechamber.com
or call the Chamber at (310) 540-5858 .

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