In This Issue:
Celebrating the 17th annual Japan Business Association and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Grand Mixer held last night are (left to right) Takahiro Haruyama, Chair, JBA's South Bay region; Donna Duperron, President and CEO, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce; Hideo Miyake, President, Japan Business Association; Patrick J. Furey, Mayor, City of Torrance; Hidehisa Horinouchi, Consul General Japan.
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.

Great Maple

Rusnak Maserati of South Bay

Amy Zimmerman & Associates

Fortune Textile and Clothing (USA) Inc.

Pro Martial Arts

The Closers Group

40-49 YEARS

20-29 YEARS

10-19 YEARS


Business at Noon
Tues, March 8th | 11:45a
Bettolino Kitchen
211 Palos Verde Blvd, Redondo Beach

Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP)
Wed, March 9th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon
Thurs, March 10th | 12:00p
Torrance Marriott
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance

Empowered Marketing Exchange
Thurs, March 10th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Ignite Torrance
Tues, March 15th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Thurs, March 17th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

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

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
General Manager Reggie Thomas and Chef Ramon Fernandez
Donna visits Kincaid's
As I walked toward Kincaid's, I was reminded why I live where I live. It was a clear, crisp, cool day on the ocean. It was beautiful! Upon entering Kincaid's, I was greeted by chef and general manager Reggie Thomas. Kincaid's is an elevated seafood and steak options restaurant on the Redondo Beach pier with ocean views, patio seating and a buzzing happy hour.
     Reggie's interest in cooking began in Ferriday, Louisiana where he passionately recalled memories of first helping his grandmother cut vegetables as she prepared meals, never using measuring spoons or a measuring cup or a cookbook. Reggie went to LSU and moved to California in 1986. He has had positions at Harold and Belle's Creole Restaurant, Hard Rock CafĂ© at the Beverly Center and has owned two restaurants.

Reality Check! BizFed Annual Survey is Invaluable Feedback Tool for TACC
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. This year's poll offers a first-of-its-kind feature: if TACC can get at least fifteen members to take the survey, the Chamber will receive customized data based on our members' responses. This data would provide invaluable information and analysis that the Chamber needs to focus its advocacy efforts behind TACC members' priority concerns.
     The survey will be open until 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!

Laurie and Bob Brandt (far right) owners of Red Car Brewery and Restaurant, are thanked by Takahiro Haruyama, Japan Business Association's South Bay Regional committee, for their generosity.
Japan Business Association and Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Grand Mixer a Success
The Western Museum of Flight provided a remarkable backdrop for the 17th annual Japan Business Association (JBA) and Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) Grand Mixer last night. Jac Folkert, TACC Chairwoman of the Board, opened the event and was followed by words of welcome from Hideo Miyake, President of JBA, Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey and Consul General Hidehisa Horinouchi.
     Attendees were provided the opportunity to listen to five business representatives from the JBA and five business representatives from the TACC highlight their business. These presentations sparked conversations about international trade, economic development and possible partnerships. Heartfelt appreciation is extended to TACC presenters; Jonathan Beutler, Sunrider International; Steve Coy, Clix South Bay; Dr. Okada, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center; TerriAnn Ferren, Torrance Cultural Arts Center and Bob and Laurie Brandt, Red Car Brewery and Restaurant.
Stand Out from the Crowd
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.

Pictured left to right: Cathy Matson, Brandon Matson, June Rossberg, Jill Carlton, Kirk Rossberg, and Donna Duperron.
Matson Captures Second Place Mirror Ball
Congratulations is extended to Brandon Matson, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce's Public and Government Affairs coordinator for capturing second place in the Dancing with the South Bay Stars competition. Matson and his partner, Alina Sachs, performed the Tango and Viennese Waltz. They danced for the Dick Rossberg Memorial Fund. This annual event is hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Congratulations is also extended to Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members who also performed; Leslie Cortez, City of Torrance; Chad Mayer, Sharefest Community Development; Daniella Morreale, Torrance Police Department; Bernie Reid, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Dr. Boris Skyar, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center.
Property Tax Hike Initiative Won't Be on November Ballot
Proponents of a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed plan to increase taxes on commercial property to fund poverty reduction programs have called off efforts to place the initiative on the November ballot.

Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon One Week Away
Ever since the first Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation event three years ago, this event has become one of the most well-attended and feel-good events the Chamber coordinates. Don't miss your chance to attend this year's event!
     Everyone in the Torrance community is invited to attend.

Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon 
Thurs, March 10th 
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach 
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance

or call (310) 540-5858
State of the State 2016 is March 24th
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back last year's dynamic speakers for the upcoming State of the State event. This breakfast event will feature State Senator Benjamin Allen (26th District), State Senator Isadore Hall III (35th District), and Assemblyman David Hadley (66th District), who will present about state issues and the economy as they apply to the South Bay business climate.

State of the State
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
8:00am  registration
8:30am  program, breakfast
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

$40 TACC members
$50 Non-members

or call (310) 540-5858

Left to right: State Senator Isadore Hall III, State Senator
Benjamin Allen, and Assemblyman David Hadley
Torrance USD Board of Education Opens Application Process for a Vacated Taxpayers' Organization member position on the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee
The Torrance Unified School District's Board of Education will be choosing one new member for the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee at its regular meeting on March 21, 2016. The vacancy will need to be filled according to the bylaws. Individuals who meet the criteria for membership of the Taxpayers' Organization position, who are interested in serving on this committee, may access the application and bylaws here. Applications can be dropped off at the TUSD Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 2335 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA  90509 or can be mailed to the same address by March 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m. deadline. Please contact Dr. Donald Stabler at stabler.donald@tusd.org with any comments or questions.

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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