// AN AWARD-WINNING WEEKLY PUBLICATION //
In This Issue:

Happy New Year from the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce staff!
TACC
MEMBERS
Each week we recognize the new and renewing members of our growing Chamber. Contact us today to learn more about the many economic and social benefits of joining the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, or become a member today to start enjoying those benefits now!

Here are the businesses who have joined or renewed with us in the past week.
NEW





RENEWED

40-49 YEARS



30-39 YEARS



10-19 YEARS


UNDER 5 YEARS












 

JANUARY
CALENDAR
Thurs, January 7th | 12:00p - 1:30p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Tues, January 12th | 11:45a - 1:15p
Ortega 120
1814 Pacific Coast Hwy,  Redondo Beach

Wed, January 13th | 12:00p - 1:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Thurs, January 14th | 12:00p - 1:30p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Tues, January 19th | 12:00p - 1:30p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Thurs, January 21st | 12:00p - 1:30p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Tues, January 26th | 12:00p - 1:30p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Wed, January 27th | 8:00a - 10:00a
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave, 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.
Out & About
with TACC President & CEO Donna Duperron
Donna visits Argos Engineers, Inc.

Ken Saunders (right) meets with an engineer.
As I entered Argos Engineers, Inc., I was quickly drawn to the neatness of the office and the large photographs on the walls. Within moments I was welcomed by Ken Saunders.
     Ken and I sat down for a very enjoyable conversation in which he enthusiastically told me about Argos Engineers, a business that serves the chemical, energy, legal/insurance, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries; both private and government agencies. Services range from code and regulatory compliance to advanced analyses such as buckling, creep, fracture, and wear analysis.
     Ken went on to explain that the objective at Argos Engineers, Inc. is to provide the best knowledge available appropriate for the current issue and solutions ranging from a quick assessment, allowing you to make an informed decision in a short timeframe, to detailed analyses that provide additional confidence and understanding.
     The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce thanks Argos Engineers, Inc. for being a valued member.
New Year, New Laws
TACC will be 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!

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, visit torrancechamber.com or contact Kelly Hernandez at (310) 792-3808 or Kelly@TorranceChamber.com.
New Website on the Way
If you've visited the Chamber's website recently, you may have noticed some exciting changes are in progress. A few of the vital pages, including the contact page, member directory, and events calendar, are still available.
     The new website will officially launch on Tuesday, January 19th. It has been designed completely in-house, just as the previous iteration of the website was. The goal with the new site has been to improve the website experience not only by giving it a cleaner, more beautiful design, but also by making information easier to find and consume. Many of the lengthy, burdensome descriptions have been banished so that visitors can get to the information they need without having to hunt for it. The menu has been reorganized in a logical, structured manner, so pages that were once hidden within links inside other pages are now just one click away.
     The Store page landed today at torrancechamber.com. 2016 Employment Notices Posters can now be ordered online. More products will be introduced soon. Check back between now and January 19th to see which other pages have been added prior to launch.
     Thank you for your patience as the TACC puts the finishing touches on its refurbished home on the web. Happy New Year!
Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Los Angeles County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is hosting an event to connect small businesses with government contracting opportunities. The Business Connections event is being held on January 13, 2016 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm and will be a valuable opportunity for small businesses to connect with representatives from prime contractors as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend business workshops on government contracting and other business opportunities.
     Be sure to mark your calendars, and please contact Yvonne Sandoval or Fernando Nieto at (323) 881-3964 or at  sbsevents@dcba.lacounty.gov  if you have any questions. For more information about PTAC's small business services and programs, visit  osb.lacounty.gov
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Football Fans
How would you like two seats to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Banquet during the Superbowl 50 festivities in San Francisco this year? You will enjoy a VIP cocktail reception and be seated with a Hall of Famer or NFL Legend, enjoy lunch, and hear stories from over 50 Hall of Fame "Gold Jackets."
     The lunch is Friday, February 5 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience ... you can't buy these tickets anywhere!
     To bid, check out the auction website:  www.32auctions.com/wacenfl.
     All proceeds go to the Western Association of Chamber Executives Foundation, which provides scholarships and other educational resources for chamber of commerce professionals across the Western United States.
     The auction closes January 19. You do not need to be a WACE member, just someone who would love to attend this event.
Thanks in advance ... and good luck!
State of the Region Coverage in "This Week in Torrance"
Torrance CitiCABLE 3 provided outstanding coverage at last month's State of the Region Address. Check out their wrap-up of the event on This Week in Torrance.
     Thank you, Torrance CitiCABLE, for being such a great partner with the Chamber.

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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