In This Issue:

Congratulations to the Leadership Torrance Class of 2016 on your graduation! It's so inspiring to see the great work and connections Leadership Torrance participants make each year. This year was no exception!
Each week the Chamber recognize the new and renewing members of the TACC's tight-knit business community. Here are the businesses who have joined or renewed their membership in the past week.

Paradigm Payroll Services LLC

Fuller Industries

Argos Funeral Services

Creamistry of Torrance

Stonehouse Consulting


41 - 50 YEARS

Zdonek & Wolwicz Accountancy Corp

LISI Aerospace, Hi-Shear Corporation


31 - 40 YEARS

Surf Management

Lisa's Bon Appetit

11 - 20 YEARS

Water Replenishment District of Southern California

Barrister Executive Suites

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

Mar Ventures, Inc.

Continental Development Corporation

5-10 YEARS

The Roadhouse Bar & Grill

Black Angus Restaurant

UmeWorks, LLC

The Crest Sports Bar and Grill

Americana South Bay

Apex Commercial Real Estate Inc.

Ek & Ek

Rapiscan Systems, Inc.


UPM Global, Inc.

Hitachiya USA

South Bay Mini

Boutique Marketing & Coaching

DocMagic, Inc.
De-mystifying the Gluten Free Diet // Health & Wellness
Thurs, July 7th | 12:00 noon
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503

To Serve Human is not JUST a Twilight Zone episode // Empowered Marketing Exchange
Tues, July 12th | 12:00 noon
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503

Ribbon Cutting // Argos Funeral Services
Wed, July13th | 4:00pm
22750 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 230 
Torrance, CA 90505

Ribbon Cutting // Freighthouse
Thurs, July 14th | 4:00pm
1260 Cabrillo Ave 
Torrance, CA 90501

Active Shooter & Workplace Safety Training Program
Tues, July 19th | 8:00am - 10:00am
Sunrider International
1625 Abalone Avenue 
Torrance, CA 90501

Save Time and Money by Resolving Workplace Conflict // PROFS
Thurs, July 21st | 12:00 noon
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503

Summer Mixer at Wellness & Beauty Learning Center
Thurs, July 21st | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
19106 Normandie Ave, #4 
Torrance, CA 90502
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

Left to right:
 Ann Garten, Dr. Dena Maloney, and Andrea Sala of El Camino College.
Donna visits El Camino College
Wow! Writing this column for over 18 months, I have never had such a difficult time starting an article. Simply said, there are so many positive things occurring at El Camino College, I don't know where to begin.
     First and foremost, I would like to welcome Dr. Dena Maloney, a South Bay native, who was chosen as El Camino College's president after a nationwide search. She is the sixth president in the El Camino Community College District's 68-year history. Dr. Maloney's enthusiasm and vast experiences will enhance and continue to increase the college's role in the South Bay.
     I was welcomed to El Camino College by Dr. Maloney, Ann Garten and Andrea Sala. Ann Garten is El Camino College's Community Relations Director and Andrea Sala is the Executive Director of El Camino College's Foundation. They provided information about the rich history of El Camino College, as well as a projected future of growth and success.

Some Local Minimum Wage Increases to Take Effect July 1
Although the next increase in the California minimum wage is still six months away, a number of local minimum wage hikes took effect on July 1, 2016.
     Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increase.
The California Chamber of Commerce is providing resources to help employers comply with the minimum wage increase:  short videowhite paper and  infographic.
     "California employers need to be aware of a number of changes to the minimum wage," said Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. "Many localities throughout California are passing their own minimum wage ordinances and employers must be familiar with those requirements and ensure full compliance."

Duperron Attends 61st Air Base Group Change of Command
Donna Duperron, President & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce attended the 61st Air Base Group Change of Command on June 30, 2016. Lieutenant General Samuel A. Greaves offered remarks and presided over the Change of Command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves is the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base.
     Colonel Charles P. Roberts is the incoming Commander, 61st Air Base Group, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo. The 61st Air Base provides medical, civil engineering, communications, chaplain, security, logistics, personnel, readiness, and quality-of-life services to the Space and Missile Systems Center and many other units in the Los Angeles basin. 
     Colonel Donna L. Turner, the former commander of the Los Angeles Air Force Base, led five squadrons and six staff agencies, totaling over 850 personnel with a $1.3 billion in physical plant assets and managed the annual execution of a $60 million budget.
International Surf Festival Seeks Volunteers
Presented by BEACHSPORT.org, the Chambers of Commerce and Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Department of Beaches and Harbors.  
       The 2016 host city for the 55th International Surf Festival is the City of Torrance. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world's best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants. Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80's. The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament.  Other great events include a surfing contest, bodysurfing contest, beach run, paddleboard races, dory race, and youth events. The festival has hosted numerous international lifeguard teams including teams from Victoria, Australia. 
     Volunteers are needed on Friday, August 5th. If interested, please contact Gary Crum at pier2pier_swim@verizon.net.
     Learn more at surffestival.org.

Information provided by International Surf Festival
Thank you, Domenica and Dave!
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Domenica Megerdichian and Dave DeWitt for their guidance as co-chairs of the 2016 Leadership Torrance program! Thank you both for your incredible leadership.

Stuff the Bus!
Torrance Chamber of Commerce members are invited to participate in the 2 nd annual "Stuff the Bus" event hosted by Assemblyman David Hadley, who represents a portion of the Los Angeles Unified School District and Torrance Unified School District.
     A donation bin will be located in the lobby area of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce offices (3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100, Torrance) throughout the duration of the Stuff the Bus drive.
     Through the help of community partners, last year's Stuff the Bus effort successfully raised between $17-18 thousand in school supplies to benefit students and teachers in the LAUSD. This year's effort will benefit LAUSD and Torrance USD.
     The six-week Stuff the Bus donation drive will launch on June 17 th . Community members may donate school supplies for all grade levels (notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, crayons, tissue, etc.).
     The supply drive will culminate in a finale event to be held on July 29 th at Walmart, 22015 Hawthorne Blvd, in Torrance.
Summer Mixer at the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center
Discover the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center (WBLC) in Torrance!
     At this summer mixer, attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the variety of professional workshops offered at WBLC
  • Tour the facility
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • Have a beer, glass of wine, or signature cocktail
  • Win door prizes
The invitation for this summer mixer is open to all Torrance Area Chamber members, and is free to attend.

Outsmarting Coyotes
Torrance is experiencing an uptick in Coyote sightings and animal attacks.
     As the coyotes become more desperate for food, they start to scavenge unsecured trash cans and dumpsters. These areas are a potential site for coyote feeding.
     The Torrance Police Department asks that all business owners please be aware of trash areas, especially restaurants and establishments that sell food.
    The City hopes to get out ahead of the problem before it becomes a larger issue, and community awareness and action will be much appreciated.

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