In This Issue:
Police Chief Mark Matsuda (center) pauses for a photo with the members of the Crimes Property Detectives, who received the Unit Citation Award at last week's Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon.
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.

Securitas USA

Amador Law Corporation

South Bay Top 40

10-19 YEARS


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

Lunch & Learn // You're Social, Now What?
Wed, April 6th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Torrance City Council Candidates Forum
Thurs, April 7th | 8:00a
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance

40th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting // Pregnancy Help Center
Fri, April 8th | 3:30p
1311 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite A 

Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP)
Wed, April 13th | 12:00p
Torrance Chamber Office
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100

Business at Noon
Thurs, April 14th | 11:45a
Miyako Hybrid Hotel (Ise Shima Restaurant)
21381 S Western AveTorrance
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
Owner Dr. Ahmed Atallah (left), with Fox Drug pharmacists.
Donna Visits Fox Drug of Torrance
As you walk toward the entrance of Fox Drug of Torrance, it is very apparent what holiday or season is occurring. The large window display continually changes and is always so creative. As you enter Fox Drug you immediately feel like you are in a store that has a little bit of everything. Fox Drug of Torrance is family owned and has been serving our community since 1988. Dr. Ahmed Atallah and Samia Zaki, owners, combine for over 60 years as professional pharmacists.
     "We struggle at times as an independent store," said Dr. Atallah. "It is often difficult to compete with larger chain stores, but we are continually looking at ways we can grow our business. We emphasize the fact that we offer old fashion service with free local prescription delivery; however, we are also in front of all new technology." 

Assemblyman Hadley Honors Donna Duperron as South Bay Woman of the Year
South Bay Assemblyman David Hadley honored Donna Duperron yesterday as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 66th Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol. Mrs. Duperron serves as President & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and is a respected community leader.
     "Donna Duperron has greatly benefitted our community both as a local business leader and as an active volunteer supporting many of our non-profit organizations and charitable events," said Hadley. "She makes an incredible difference in the South Bay every day, and is a clear choice to be honored as my Woman of the Year."

Don't miss these two upcoming events
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance

$40 TACC members
$50 Non-members

or call (310) 540-5858

Thursday, April 7th
Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance

$20 TACC members
$30 Non-members

or call (310) 540-5858
Have Lunch with Vic Edelbrock amid the Edelbrock Family & Private Car Collection at Vic's Garage
The Legendary Luncheon series returns this month for another installment on March 30th, featuring local legend Vic Edelbrock. Join Vic over lunch as he shares the story of how Edelbrock, the world-famous  specialty performance automotive and motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturer, got its start and became the influential company it is today.
     The event will be held at Vic's Garage, where attendees will be surrounded by the Edelbrock family and private car collection. Vic's Garage is located at 510 Madrid Street in Torrance. The event will begin at 12:00 noon.
    Reservations cost $25 for TACC Members and $35 for non-members. Register online now at torrancechamber.com or call the Chamber at (310) 540-5858.
Introducing the Grassroots Advocacy Center at TorranceChamber.com
As the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce continues to expand and innovate its advocacy outreach, the Chamber is thrilled to announce the Grassroots Advocacy Center that just launched yesterday.
     The Center is a web page dedicated to providing one cohesive place for members and the community to see which issues the Chamber is taking a stance on. Following the links to any of these issues will bring users to a post that explains the issue and explains why TACC supports or opposes it.
     Best of all, the Center offers an easy way for the community to get involved and back the Chamber's efforts - which can have big impacts in Sacramento. Now you can #TakeAction!

The TACC is Leading the Way with the BizFed Annual Survey - Calling all Members to Contribute
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!

Leadership Torrance at the private American Honda Museum
Keeping Up with Leadership Torrance
By Leadership Torrance Directors Domenica Megerdichian and David DeWitt
Leadership Torrance spent last Thursday in the community focusing on 'Business and the Environment.' We kicked off the morning at the Honda Museum, one of the hidden gems in Torrance, which is not open to the public. Leadership of Honda Research & Development as well as Business & Environment addressed the group, talking about design process & technology, the business sense in being environmentally friendly, and the social responsibility that comes with being a steward of our community.

How will your business 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.

Big Thank You to Recent Event Committee Members!
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce extends heartfelt appreciation to the committee members of the Black History Celebration and Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon, without whom these events would not have been possible. Thank you for contributing your time and talents to ensure these events maintained and improved upon the excellence for which they're known. For those who are interested in becoming involved in an event committee, please call the Chamber at (310) 540-5858.

Black History Celebration Committee
Tracy Underwood - Chairman, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Angela Gibson, GLAAACC
Brigid Dupree, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Gilbert Jackson, Torrance Marriott
Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino, PFS Investments
Krista Magidson, Boutique Marketing Group
Latrice McGlothin, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Josh Thomas, South Bay Equity Lending
Mark Waronek, Ek & Ek
Gilbert Watson, Mobile Visual Entertainment  
Tim Young, Sunrider International
Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Committee
Terri-Ann Ferren , Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Leslie Cortez, City of Torrance
Charlotte Melsh , Palos Verdes Bowl
Tim Thompson,  Centaurus Financial Inc.
Robert Van Lingen, Van Lingen Towing
Sean Van Lingen, Van Lingen Towing
Lynn Brennan, Home Team Realty
Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino, PFS Investments
Larry M. Halvorsen, Express Employment Professionals

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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