In This Issue:
Torrance area educators pause for a photo at American Honda Motor Co, Inc. during yesterday's Educators in the Workplace program.
Ribbon Cutting // Habitat for Humanity
Thurs, April 21st | 11:30a
18600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90504

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

Tech Pros
Tues, April 26th | 12:00p
Torrance Area Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Mon, May 2nd | 11:30am
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

Expand Your Business Globally
Wed, May 4th | 7:30a
Sunrider Manufacturing
1461 Francisco St, Building A
Torrance, CA 90501

Thurs, May 5th | 12:00p
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance
21333 Hawthorne Blvd 
Torrance, CA 90503

iVet Job Conference
Thurs, May 12th | 9:30a - 1:00p
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Avenue 
Torrance, CA 90501

PROFS // Get More Clients & Close More Sales
Thurs, May 19th | 12:00p
Torrance Area Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503

Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk
Sat, May 21st | 8:00a
Del Amo Fashion Center parking lot on Madrona Ave between Carson St and Fashion Way

State of Education
Wed, May 25th | 12:00p
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

Wed, May 25th | 4:00p
20801 S. Western Ave. 
Torrance, CA 90501
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.
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Out & About
with TACC President & CEO Donna Duperron
Alex See (left), owner of King Shabu Shabu, with two key employees.
Donna visits King Shabu Shabu
Greeted by Alex See, owner, I immediately felt welcomed and was eager to learn more about King Shabu Shabu. Shabu Shabu is a type of Japanese cuisine comprised of cooking vegetables and meat in a steaming pot of water right at your table. Traditionally, the primary meat cooked is beef, but modern cuisine has evolved to include salmon, mussels, shrimp, pork, and three grades of beef: Angus ribeye choice, Angus ribeye prime, and Wagyu.
      As I looked around the 29 stations, I notices so many people really enjoying the process of Shabu Shabu. The restaurant is extremely clean and provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere.

Educators Learn What Will Get Their Students Hired... or Fired
Twenty-eight Torrance Unified School District teachers and administrators met yesterday for their fourth session of "Educators in the Workplace." This program, hosted by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, establishes a vital link between classroom learning and the 21st   century workforce.

Assemblyman Hadley Fights for a TACC Priority
Torrance's Assemblyman David Hadley authored AB 2026, addressing one of the Chamber's Legislative Priorities: reasonable improvement of the California Environmental Quality Act. While TACC supports CEQA's intent to protect the environment and to ensure the public is allowed to participate in the process, the overly complex environmental law is often misused by self-serving parties to protect their own economic interests, sometimes hindering needed development projects in the state for non-environmental reasons. AB 2026 would have curbed this issue by requiring petitioners in CEQA lawsuits to identify themselves. Unfortunately, the bill failed to pass out of committee this week; however, TACC appreciates Assemblyman Hadley's solid work on this issue. You can view the remarks he gave during a recent committee meeting in Sacramento by watching this video.
Coming Soon: LA County 4th District Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum
On Monday, May 2nd the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Los Angeles County 4th District Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum. The candidates vying for long-time Supervisor Don Knabe's seat, which will open once he terms out later this year, are Janice Hahn (United States Representative), Steve Napolitano (Supervisor's Senior Deputy), and Ralph Pacheco (Governing Board member, Whittier Union High School District). This is a great opportunity for South Bay businesses and residents to learn about the issues facing the County and how the candidates plan to address them.

Monday, May 2nd
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance
Check-in at 11:00am
Lunch and Forum at 11:30am

Reservations: $35 for Members; $45 for Non-Members
Register here, or call 310-540-5858
Looking to EXPAND Your Business GLOBALLY?
With easy access to the Port of LA and manufacturing centers, the South Bay is an ideal location for businesses that participate in international trade. If you're looking to expand your business on a global scale, then this FREE upcoming May 4th workshop is for you.
     The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Export-Import Bank of the United States to bring local business owners a free resource to learn about the international trade options available to them, and how to proceed. This workshop will answer the questions:
  • What is the Export-Import Bank and what does it do?
  • How can it help your business?
Expand Your Business Globally
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
7:30am - 9:30am

Sunrider Manufacturing
1461 Francisco Street 
Torrance, CA 90501
Cost: FREE

RSVP with the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber:
joeann@hchgchamber.com or call (310) 534-3143.
Get Fired Up!
The Torrance Fire Department Appreciation & Awards Luncheon is almost here! This event will honor the community members and city staff who support the mission of the Torrance Fire Department, and the brave members of the Torrance Fire Department who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty and/or standard job responsibilities. Everyone in the community is invited to attend, so tell your friends and family about it!

Thursday, May 5th
12:00 noon
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

$45 TACC Members
$55 Non-Members

Click here to register online, or call (310) 540-5858.
Sign up today for TACC's Veterans Job Conference
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to once again host the Increasing Veteran Employment in Torrance (iVet) program, which is a local pathway to connect qualified Veterans with open positions in the South Bay. Sign up as an employer participant today in one easy step! Just click here to send the Chamber the necessary information.
     Employers will receive a free table at the conference, free recruiting services for open positions, pre-screening of applicants, and pre-scheduled interviews with qualified Veteran applicants.
iVet Job Conference
Thursday, May 12th
Toyota USA Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance, 90501
Join these employers at the iVet Job Conference: WellsFargo, Walser's, Green Hills Memorial Park, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., State Farm Agency, SoCal Gas , Complex Legal Services, Inc., Sunrider International, Blue Ribbon Insurance Agency, City of Torrance, Switzer Learning Center, and South Bay Yellow Cab Co-op.
This May 21st, 2016 is Armed Forces Day. The Torrance Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk will kick off the day's festivities, hosted for the first time by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with UCLA Health.

The 5k Run/Walk will start at 8:00am. The 5k starting line and expo will be located in the Del Amo Fashion Center parking lot on Madrona Avenue between Carson St and Fashion Way. For more information and to register for the race, visit villagerunner.com or call the race hotline at (310) 220-0233.

Panelists Announced for State of Education
State of Education returns May 25th to update the business community on workforce development in the realm of education. This year's panelists include:


Dr. William Franklin

Vice President, Student Affairs

Cal State Dominguez Hills


Dr. Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D.


El Camino College


Dr. Mannon


Torrance Unified School District


Registration costs $40 for TACC Members, $50 for Non-Members. Click here to register online, or call (310) 540-5858.

Relentless Forward Progress
Congratulations to TACC Chairwoman of the Board Jac Folkert and her husband D for again completing the Boston Marathon! Jac has inspired the Chamber this year with the runner's motto "Relentless Forward Progress" -- a theme that's been central to the TACC's many accomplishments this past year.
     Jac was also a big inspiration for the inception of the Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk. Her company, UCLA Health, is sponsoring and co-hosting the event with the TACC.
     Thanks, Jac!
Keeping up with Leadership Torrance
Leadership Torrance toured the Port of Los Angeles last week. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are so very important to our region, our state, and our country. A majority of the raw materials and goods we consume and depend on comes through our ports, and businesses locate to Torrance and the South Bay region of Los Angeles County due to close proximity to the ports. A major factor in economic vitality, the sheer size of the vessels and thousands of containers being unloaded around the clock are an unbelievable sight to see.
     Thank you to Mark Waronek, LT Alumni, for scheduling the tour for us, and Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey, Torrance Councilwoman Heidi Ann Ashcraft (not pictured), and Hawthorne School Board Member Sergio Mortara (not pictured) for your participation.

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