In This Issue:
Leadership Torrance 2016, led by Directors Domenica Megerdichian (City of Torrance) and David DeWitt (American Honda Motor Co., Inc), held its first session this morning at the Torrance Chamber office.
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.

Digital Spatula

NEU Insurance Services


10-19 YEARS


Thurs, January 21st | 4:30p
3210 W. Sepulveda Blvd,  Torrance

Wed, January 27th | 8:00a - 10:00a
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance

Wed, January 27th | 11:30a
2396 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite B

Thurs, January 28th | 4:00p
In the Del Amo Fashion Center
21540 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 431 B 

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.
Out & About
with TACC President & CEO Donna Duperron
Steve Coy (center), owner of CL!X South Bay, poses for a photo with his photographer associates Angelica Alcazar (left) and  Destiny Duran (right).
Donna visits CL!X Portrait Studios
     The Out and About columns in Chamber Weekly have occurred since June of 2014. Throughout this time, I have had the privilege and the honor to meet with business owners to discuss the economic vitality of our community. This past week, I was welcomed by Steve Coy, owner of CL!X Portrait Studio South Bay. In previous columns, I wrote about the business that I was visiting and this column will be no different. However, during this visit I was provided with materials illustrating how difficult it is to sometimes be a small business owner and that type of information is very relevant to a Chamber of Commerce. For that I was grateful.
     Steve and I sat down in his office which was both orderly and welcoming. He had prepared graphs which illustrated how his business base has changed. Steve spoke about the digital age and how smart phones make the process of taking photographs so accessible. He also commented on the continuing effort to remain relevant through marketing, networking and advertising.
     CL!X Portrait Studio South Bay provides on-location event photography, corporate head shots, high school senior and family portraits. This location offers a series of sets and choices of portrait backgrounds. Additionally, a corner in the studio is set up to welcome children by providing family friendly videos, books and toys.
Steve and his friendly staff walked me through the painless process of a corporate headshot from prepping, to selecting a backdrop, to positioning for the headshot. Within minutes, I was viewing the photograph on a computer and recommending items to be touched up.
     This visit provided the opportunity to learn, not only about CL!X Portrait Studio South Bay, but about the challenges often faced by our small business owners. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce thanks CL!X for being a valued member. We appreciate your commitment to our community.
Don't Forget to Sign up for the California Labor Law Update
TACC is hosting its second annual California Labor Law Update later this month to help TACC members adjust to new California employment laws taking effect in 2016. The event features a panel of labor law experts who will provide insights and compliance strategies to keep you ahead of the curve in the new year. Register today by calling the Chamber at (310) 540-5858.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance, 90501
$20 TACC members; $30 non-members

8:00am: Networking breakfast
8:30am-9:45am: Panel discussion: New CA Employment Laws Impacting Business, Tips to Stay Ahead of the Curve
9:45-10:00am: Open Discussion & Employment Notices Poster Sales

2016 Labor Law Update Panel
2016 Required Employment Notices Poster on Sale Now!
In 2016, every California employer must post a new 2016 employment notices poster -  even if you only employ one person in California. Buy a convenient 28" x 44" all-in-one poster that contains the 17 state and federal employment notices from TACC today and receive free admission to TACC's 2016 California Labor Law Update on January 27th.
Check out our New Year's Poster Sale!
Non-laminated English           $25.00
Non-laminated Spanish          $25.00
Laminated English                  $35.00
Laminated Spanish                 $35.00
*Additional compliance products are available
**Poster Protect can be added for an additional fee on all posters
For purchases or inquiries, contact Kelly Hernandez at
(310) 792-3808 or Kelly@TorranceChamber.com.
Duperron Installed as BizFed Officer
TACC President and CEO Donna Duperron (left) was sworn-in as a BizFed Officer by LA County Superior Court Judge Serena Murillo (right).
TACC President and CEO Donna Duperron has been installed as an Officer for the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), which is a group of 145 business organizations that represents 272,000 employers with 3 million employees throughout LA County. Duperron was sworn-in by LA County Superior Court Judge Serena Murillo during BizFed's annual Officer Installation, which was hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Duperron will serve as the co-chair for the BizFed Health Care Committee in 2016, helping to ensure that employer interests are influentially represented with government.
TACC President and CEO (right) with BizFed Founding CEO Tracy Rafter (left) and BizFed Founding Chairman David Fleming (center).
Supervisor Don Knabe to Give Farewell Address at Lunch with Our Leader
LA County Supervisor Don Knabe (4th District)
On February 10th, long-time County of Los Angeles Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe will give his farewell address to the Torrance business community during the Torrance Chamber's annual Lunch with Our Leader event. Throughout his tenure on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS), which began in the late 1990's, Supervisor Knabe has worked to champion the issue of child sex trafficking, lead critical transportation efforts, support countless youth art programs and other charities, advocate for environmental issues, invest in libraries throughout the County, address important business issues in his district, and protect the innocent and vulnerable children in Los Angeles County through the establishment of the Safe Surrender program. The Torrance Chamber will truly miss Supervisor Knabe once his LACBOS term expires later this year.
Join TACC at Lunch with Our Leader to bid farewell to Supervisor Knabe. Register today by calling the Chamber at (310) 540-5858.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
11:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay
21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, 90503
$40 TACC members; $50 non-members
19th Annual Black History Celebration to take place on 2/24
Tickets are now on sale for the Torrance Chamber's 19th Annual Black History Celebration. The year's event will feature honorees who have embodied the event theme of, "Breaking Barriers: paving the way to a brighter future." Register today by calling (310) 540-5858.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Torrance Marriott
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, 90503
$50 TACC members; $60 non-members
10:30am: Walk of History
12:00pm: Event and Luncheon

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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