Laurie Latham Brandt, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant

Message from the Chairwoman of the Board

LAURIE LATHAM BRANDT

O n behalf of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors it is my pleasure to represent the Los Angeles South Bay’s premier business organization as the 2017-2018 Chairwoman of the Board. It is our hope that you find the Chamber’s website a guide to utilize in all aspects of your professional and personal life; whether searching our member directory or keeping up-to-date with the various events the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce produces annually.

I am honored to take the helm as this year’s chairwoman and am grateful for all those who came before and laid a strong foundation. The theme for my term as chairwoman is, “We Put Unity in the Community.” The chamber’s vision is to be an aggressive independent advocate of business interests by exercising its influence with government, business and the community to ensure economic growth and vitality.

 

We Put Unity in the Community.

This vision is reflected in our committees, events and our partnerships in the South Bay. I look forward to seeing all of you at our major events such as State of the City, Lunch with Our Leader, State of the Region, State of the State, Torrance Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheons, Women’s Leadership Lunceon – just to name a few.

If you are a member of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, it is my hope you will engage with the multitude of committees including Technology & Innovation, Women in Business, Education & Workforce Development and GAP (Governmental Affairs Policy) as well as the countless opportunities for professional development offered by the Chamber throughout the year.

If you aren’t yet a member, it is our collective hope that you will consider strengthening your voice in the business community by linking arms with this organization.

We can all make a difference in our community one day at a time.

Donna Duperron, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Message from the President & CEO

DONNA DUPERRON

Growth, change, research, technology, and many other factors challenge us daily to adjust our lifestyle, confront new opportunities, and meet greater demands. The Chamber is committed to track and record economic growth, keep pace with the changes of marketing and consumer habits, and assist its members with their needs – providing programs and benefits to enhance their facility, operation, administration and personnel, or general welfare.

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is your voice for issues and actions affecting business and industry. We are working to preserve the free and competitive enterprise system, promoting growth and development, and making the Torrance area a better place to live, work, learn and conduct business. I would urge you to support the businesses listed within these pages as they too are supporting our goals to make our community a better place.

Membership in the Chamber provides unparalleled opportunities to connect with peers, current and prospective clients, and partners up and down our supply chains. The Torrance Area Chamber stands out as our area’s premier business-enabling and business-advocacy organization.

Regular meetings, conferences and other activities provide extraordinary opportunities to grow your networks and gain new insights for addressing the common challenges facing all of us in business today. By working together as Chamber members, we have a much stronger voice with our elected leaders as they contemplate policy revisions and new rules and regulations that create greater certainty and an improved environment for business in Torrance.

 

Although it may sound cliché, there really is strength in numbers. I think that’s especially true with the Chamber. This Chamber and your business community need you! Renew, join anew, and reach out and encourage the companies you do business with regularly to join as well.

A major goal this year is to increase the value of your Chamber membership to you and your business. The Chamber staff and Board of Directors want to increase your awareness of what your Chamber does for the business community and therefore create avenues which stimulate more two-way communication.

I hope you will use the online Chamber tools as your go-to source for information about the many businesses providing goods and services in and around Torrance. I challenge each resident, business, and even visitor to become an active part of our community heritage of involvement and to spread the word that Torrance is a great community in which to do business.

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