// AN AWARD-WINNING WEEKLY PUBLICATION //
In This Issue:
Supervisor Knabe Delivers his final Lunch with Our Leader Address to the Torrance Business Community. Photo credit: Steve Coy, Cl!x South Bay
FEBRUARY
PROFS
Thurs, February 18th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance

19th Annual Black History Celebration
Wed, February 24th | 12:00p
Torrance Marriott
3635 Fashion Way,
 Torrance

Grand Opening // Atlantis Eyecare
Thurs, February 25th | 3:00p
22525 Maple Ave., Suite 100 
Torrance
MARCH
TACC & JBA Business Exchange
Wed, March 2nd | 4:30p
Western Museum of Flight
3315 Airport Drive, Torrance

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

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

State of the State
Thurs, March 24th | 8:30am
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance
21333 Hawthorne Blvd
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.
Supervisor Knabe Delivers Memorable Address to Torrance Business Community
Long-time LA County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe addressed the Torrance Business Community for the final time at TACC's annual Lunch with Our Leader event this past week. In what was a memorable address, Supervisor Knabe highlighted efforts made toward his two priority issues: Child Sex Trafficking and Safe Surrender, which is a program that allows someone to surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, as long as the infant shows no signs of abuse. The event also allowed for the Torrance business community to express its appreciation to Supervisor Knabe for the years of dedicated service and support to the Torrance community. If you missed the event, read the wrap-up of it in the Daily Breeze. You can also watch a replay of the event on Torrance CitiCable3 here.
Seven Remarkable Leaders to be Recognized at Black History Celebration
Join the Chamber community for next week's Black History Celebration! The theme for this year's event is "Breaking Barriers...Paving the Way to a Brighter Future."
     " Those who have been to the event before know that the community has enjoyed a tradition of paying tribute to African Americans - past, present and up and coming - for over almost two decades," says Tracy Underwood, Chair of the Black History committee. "We come together annually to recognize the contributions of African Americans who have made a difference on the world stage as well as those that have changed lives in our local community. This year is no exception as we celebrate the many achievements of those being honored at this event."
     Reservations are still available . Click here to register today or call (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
Brigid Dupree, American Honda Motor Co, Inc, presents the 2015 Humanitarian Award to Judge Mablean Ephriam.
Paid Sick Leave Questions Continue to Trouble Members
During TACC's recent Labor Law Update event, many TACC members had questions about paid sick leave (PSL) compliance; TACC members are not alone. Over a one-month span, the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) conducted nine seminars, speaking with hundreds of employers throughout the state. Like TACC's seminar, CalChamber's seminars had one topic that dominated: questions surrounding California's mandatory PSL law, which took effect last year and required employers to provide PSL to their employees beginning July 1, 2015. CalChamber has published a must-read article to address many of the questions surrounding PSL. 

Announcing the 3rd Annual Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon
The Torrance Area Chamber invites the community to celebrate the brave officers of the Torrance Police Department who, while serving in an official or unofficial capacity, have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty and/or standard job responsibilities. To see who is being honored, and to register for the event, click here to visit the event page.

Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon
Thurs, March 10th
12:00pm
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance
Honorees and supporters converse in the lobby before last year's Police Awards Luncheon.
Members Concerned, Confused About Minimum Wage in Torrance
Over the past few months, TACC staff has fielded questions from several members about minimum wage in Torrance. The two most common questions have been: (1) Are businesses in the City of Torrance subject to LA County's $15 minimum wage ordinance? and (2) Will the City of Torrance follow nearby cities that have raised minimum wage? The TACC answers both questions here.
Vote to Support Matson, Dick Rossberg Memorial Fund
Vote today for TACC Government Affairs Coordinator Brandon Matson as he is in the final stages of preparing for this year's Dancing with the South Bay Stars (DWSBS) event hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.  Matson will be dancing to fundraise for TACC's "Dick Rossberg Memorial Fund," which was created by TACC in honor of the late Dick Rossberg, who served the Torrance community for many years to include two terms on the Torrance City Council and a term as president for the Torrance Chamber.  One of Rossberg's passions was to engage Torrance youth in government and business. To celebrate Rossberg's life, TACC worked with Rossberg's son Kirk, who currently serves on the Board at TACC, to establish a fund within the Chamber's Foundation to receive donations made in Rossberg's memory. Donations made to the fund are used to help provide opportunities for TUSD schools to participate in business and government activities run through the Foundation. To vote for Brandon and/or buy a ticket to DWSBS on Feb. 27th, click here.

Ad Space Still Available!
The Torrance Magazine & Resource Guide is the Torrance Area Chamber's premier annual publication. This year's issue will release in June and your business could be in it. Ad space is still available. Click here for the rate sheet.

The magazine gets distributed to every member, and can be found throughout the city in waiting rooms, hotel lobbies, libraries, and various other locations. To learn more, click here.
Another Hearty Tip for Heart Health Awareness Month
High blood pressure  is a major risk factor for heart disease. Things you can do to keep your blood pressure under control:
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Eat a heart-healthy and low sodium diet
  • Manage stress, limit alcohol and avoid smoking
Reena Patel, MD - UCLA Cardiologist (UCLA Health Redondo Beach, 514 N. Prospect)

Did you miss last week's tip?
Check it out in last week's Chamber Weekly.

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