In This Issue:
Thank you to all who attended this morning's City Council Candidates Forum at the Toyota Automobile Museum. Candidates (from left to right) Genghmun Eng, Michael Griffiths, Milton Herring, Leilani A. Kimmel-Dagostino, Geoffrey Rizzo, and Asam Sheikh, participated in the forum.

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.

VVV Industries, LLC

Universal Companies

Torrance Today

Permadent Dental Implant Center

10-19 YEARS


Purchase your required 2016 Employment Notices Poster online today.

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

Ribbon Cutting // Habitat for Humanity
Thurs, April 21st | 11:30a
18600 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance

PROFS // Eliminate $ Anxiety
Thurs, April 21st | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Tech Pros
Tues, April 26th | 12:00p
Torrance Area 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.
2016 Job Creator List
The California Chamber of Commerce yesterday released its list of job creator bills, calling attention to 12 bills that will improve the state's job climate and stimulate the economy.

Job creating legislation promotes the following policies:
  • Keeping taxes on new investment and business operations low, fair, stable and predictable.
  • Reducing regulatory and litigation costs of operating a business-especially when hiring and keeping employees.
  • Reducing the cost and improving the certainty and stability of investing in new or expanded plants, equipment and technology.
  • Investing in public and private works that are the backbone for economic growth.
  • Ensuring the availability of high-quality skilled employees.
2016 Job Killer List
The California Chamber of Commerce released a preliminary list of job killer bills last week to call attention to the negative impact that 18 proposed measures would have on California's job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law.
     "These job killer bills represent the worst of the worst legislative proposals currently under consideration by lawmakers," said Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. "As everyone knows, California has areas that are booming economically and other areas that are stagnating.  Each part of California has unique problems and these job killers will negatively impact future economic growth.  Whether they create barriers to providing affordable housing for workers, or increase costs for companies trying to grow or stay in business, these job killer bills should not become law."

Keeping up with Leadership Torrance
Leadership Torrance 2016 pictured above on the steps of the State Capitol. The group met with our local legislators last week, sat in on a hearing about the high speed rail project, was announced and introduced on the floors of both the Senate and Assembly, and had the opportunity to learn about State government and how it relates to Torrance, our residents and community. Thank you to Mark Waronek (pictured far left) for always being a great alumni and friend to Leadership Torrance, and for all his efforts in ensuring the group had a wonderful visit.
A Look Ahead
While May may be nearly a month away, it's an incredibly busy and exciting month for the Torrance Area Chamber community, so now is the perfect time to highlight the goings-on. Check out the following four great Chamber-hosted events in May:
Showing Appreciation for Our Fire Fighters
May 5th will kick off the month with a new event, the Torrance Fire Department Appreciation & Awards Luncheon, to show appreciation for our fire fighters and the community members that assist the mission of the Torrance Fire Department. The honorees' names have already been selected, and reservations are on sale now. Click here to view the list and register.
Calling all employers!
iVet (Increasing Veteran Employment in Torrance), which debuted in fall 2014, returns next month for the iVet Job Conference on May 12th. The Chamber is currently extending a call to all employers for this unique opportunity to fill their open positions from a diverse, talented pool of local Veterans. Get involved as an employer.
Run! Run! Run!
Saturday, May 21st, the day of the City's annual Armed Forces Day Parade, will feature an exciting new community event to kick off the morning. The first Torrance Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk, in tribute to Louis Zamperini, will start at 8:00am. All participants will receive an Armed Forces Day run t-shirt, and the race will include chip timing, age division awards, and sponsor refreshments. Registration costs $35 until May 1st, and $40 after May 1st. 
Register now!
The ever-developing synergy between education and the workforce
May 25th, the State of Education event returns to update the business community on workforce development in the realm of education.  Register today.

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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