The Gate to Prosperity
THE CHAMBER HELPS SECURE BUSINESS SUCCESS.
By joining the Chamber, members become part of a business community that’s working together to ensure prosperity in the South Bay. The Chamber itself plays a crucial role in protecting that prosperity.
The Chamber is the medium through which conversation occurs.
The success of each business is vital to the success of the whole community, and the Chamber provides the connections that business owners need to get their business on the road to success. The Chamber connects its members with other members, as well as the community and government officials. The Chamber is the medium through which conversation occurs — it takes many people working together to ensure continued economic vitality.
Each year, the Chamber brings together members who have volunteered their time to help with events or programs for an afternoon of fun. This was a year for bowling!
The Chamber links members to other members.
The Torrance Chamber hosts an unprecedented seven free member programs each month to connect members with one another. These programs are designed to provide learning and networking opportunities. The Chamber also hosts its monthly Business at Noon event at Chamber member restaurants, and coordinates several large scale networking mixers each year. Additionally, the Chamber encourages member-to-member engagement through initiatives like the Restaurant Loyalty Program.
These networking opportunities offer a comfortable means by which to establish partnerships. Partnerships are vital drivers to individual as well as global business success. Event committees and the Ambassador Program are other ways members can boost their credibility and involvement, as well as make lasting friendships.
Local educators learn about scheduling of event staff at the Torrance Marriott.
The Chamber links members to the community.
Through community events such as the Torrance Police Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon and the Black History Celebration, and regional networking events with outside business groups (such as the Japanese Business Association and the Hong Kong Association of Southern California), the Chamber provides opportunities beyond the scope of the Chamber.
The Chamber’s Education Foundation establishes frequent conversations between business owners and the Torrance Unified School District. Over the years, the Chamber has developed several innovative programs to bridge the gap between education and the workplace, and help ensure that Torrance area students are taught valuable skills that modern businesses are looking for.
Leadership Torrance, a six month long class sponsored and facilitated by the TACC, is the premier way for members to improve their leadership skills and become more involved in the Torrance community. Over 700 people have graduated from Leadership Torrance thus far, and have reaped valuable social and economic benefits as a result of their time in the class.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters gives an enlightening presentation to Chamber members at the 2015 State of the Region address.
The Chamber links members to the government.
The Torrance Chamber’s Governmental Affairs sector has taken business advocacy in the South Bay to new heights in recent years. The Chamber makes it easy for member businesses to voice their concerns for new business legislation. To do so, members may attend Governmental Affairs Policy group meetings (GAP), one of the Chamber’s free member programs, or submit feedback on how legislation is affecting their business. Brandon Matson, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Coordinator, takes note of all member concerns. In collaboration with President & CEO Donna Duperron, Brandon frequently writes letters to Sacramento (over 75 have been written this year alone) and works with local business owners to advocate in person on members’ behalf. TACC advocacy takes place on the local, state, and federal levels.
By hosting large regional events such as Lunch with Our Leader, State of the State, State of the Region, and State of the City, the Chamber facilitates a means for members and the community to hear directly from South Bay legislators on important governmental matters affecting the South Bay, Los Angeles County, and California.
The TACC works closely with senators, congressmen, and assemblymen on forthcoming bills the Chamber deems positive for business, and works tirelessly to defeat bills deemed bad for business. In the past year, the TACC has been instrumental in preventing 86% percent of bills deemed bad for business from passing through legislation.