Laurie Latham Brandt, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant

Message from the Chairman of the Board

KIRK ROSSBERG, TORRANCE BAKERY

Welcome to 2020! This is the 107th year that the Torrance Chamber of Commerce has been serving the area and I believe that this will go down as one of the most unique years in our history. 

The current pandemic has been a hardship on all of us. We have seen how fragile that our lives are. We have also witnessed the precariousness of our business community.

As this year’s Chairman, I am grateful to be surrounded by a wonderful board of directors, ambassadors and Chamber associates that have a shared vision for relevance and growth in this ever-changing environment. While we are unable to meet in a group setting, we have developed many new Zoom sessions to help navigate through these uncharted waters.

Our call for community action and to serve others is deeply rooted in all of us and the Chamber will help us answer the call by providing the tools to survive and thrive in the coming months. Shirley Chisholm once said, “Service is the rent that we pay for the privilege of living on the earth.”  We encourage you to join us in service with your support, expertise, and participation.

Welcome and feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Kirk Rossberg

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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