In This Issue:

This past week, the TACC met with 2nd District Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma (bottom-right-center) about state tax issues, fiscal management, and other priorities as part of the Los Angeles County Business Federation's (BizFed) Leadership Roundtable Series.
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.

Bergman & Gutierrez LLP

Brazil Products Company

SLK Learning Center, Inc.

Southern California Center for Anti-Aging


30-39 YEARS

20-29 YEARS

10-19 YEARS


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

Grand Opening // Atlantis Eyecare
Thurs, February 25th | 3:00p
22525 Maple Ave., Suite 100 
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

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

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
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
Donna visits a LEGO Bricks Exhibit by Artist
Sean Kenney at the South Bay Botanic Garden
This past Saturday was a gorgeous day in the south bay. South Coast Botanic Garden hosted the only Los Angeles area appearance of Sean Kenney's Nature Connects displays made entirely from LEGO bricks. As was I driving there I became excited, as I have always liked to build with LEGOs.
     South Coast Botanic Garden is an 87-acre public botanic garden containing over 200,000 plants from around the world. The garden was created on a sanitary landfill in 1959 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the request of a Citizens' group. Specialty gardens include the Japanese Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Children's Garden and the 2-acre formal James J. White Rose Garden. A man-made lake at the center of the garden attracts several species of waterfowl. The garden is an oasis for over 200 species of birds that make their homes at the garden or just use the garden as a stop in their annual migration.

Business Mixer with JBA is March 2nd
Calling all Torrance Area Chamber members! Only one week remains until the Business Exchange with the Japan Business Association of Southern California. Chamber members won't want to miss this opportunity to expand their network.
     The event is limited to the first 50 TACC members and first 50 JBA members, and attendance is only $20. Reservations must be made in advance.

or call (310) 540-5858


TACC & JBA Business Exchange
Wednesday, March 2nd
4:30pm - 6:15pm
Western Museum of Flight @ Torrance Airport
3315 Airport Drive, Torrance

Parking is limited. Please carpool if possible.
Announcing State of the State 2016
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
Join the Chamber in Thanking Our Local Police Officers
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. It's an event for those who are looking for some inspiring stories to brighten their day - for the awards our local police officers are awarded all have a tale to go with them.
     Everyone in the Torrance community is invited to attend this event.

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

or call (310) 540-5858
Important LA County Economic Forecast Report Published by LAEDC
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) presented its 2016-17 Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook report for LA County in front of over 500 guests at the Omni Hotel in LA this past week. TACC attended the event along with officials from the City of Torrance to keep abreast of economic trends in the U.S., California, and LA County. The report, which was prepared and presented by LAEDC's Chief Economist Dr. Robert Kleinhenz, highlighted that the U.S. is forecasted to experience continued economic and job growth at a moderate pace through 2017 with LA County seeing employment gains at a slower pace and continued improvement in local unemployment rates. Check out a recap of the presentation provided by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Los Angeles County candidate filing for June primary has begun
The filing period has begun for most offices in Los Angeles County in the June primary election, including two seats on the Board of Supervisors, where incumbents are barred from seeking re-election because of term limits.
     Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, announced her candidacy for the Fourth District seat held by Don Knabe on Feb. 18, 2015, saying she could "do more for the Los Angeles region on the Board of Supervisors" than in Congress because "Washington is broken" and "increasingly mired in political gridlock and there's virtually zero cooperation between the two parties."

City of Torrance Bid Listing
Check out what opportunities are available to gain business from government by reading through the   current City of Torrance Bid/RFP listing.
Candidate Filing Period has Opened for 3 Torrance City Council Seats
There are three Torrance City Council seats up for a vote in the June 7 election. Torrance City Councilman Gene Barnett's seat is open. Councilmen Geoff Rizzo and Mike Griffiths will have to run again if they want to keep their seats. The city council has six seats with staggered terms, which are two four-year terms.
     Prospective candidates may get a nominating petition from the City Clerk at anytime during the filing period, which requires between 20 to 30 signatures by Torrance voters. Along with the petition, a 200-word ballot statement may also be submitted to the Clerk's Office. According to the City Clerk's office today, there were five meetings scheduled with potential nominees.
     In 2014, the City of Torrance had more than 83,000 registered voters. The election will be consolidated on the Los Angeles County ballot with the Statewide Primary Election.

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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. Click here to learn more.

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Email Kelly, Membership Coordinator, at kelly@torrancechamber.com
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