Yesterday, I had the opportunity to convene with 11 Chamber executives from southern California to voice the challenges being faced by small to medium size businesses. Isabella Guzman, Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate with Governor Gavin Newsom’s office listened as the chamber executives shared concerns and questions.

Prior to the meeting, I reached out to 25 business owners and leaders, all members of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Appreciation is extended to each of them for their honesty, for their attention to detail in response and for their tenacity in operating their business. I was able to share a compelling document that highlighted six major concerns of of chamber members; minimum wage, workforce, healthcare, housing, regulations and taxes. 

The outcome of this discussion was clear cut. Chambers of Commerce must continue to advocate for businesses, at all levels. And, to that end, it was agreed upon that this group of Chamber leaders from Long Beach, Greater San Fernando Valley, Culver City, Irvine, Oceanside, Carlsbad, LAX/Coastal and Torrance would reassemble quarterly to further advocate for small to medium size businesses collectively.

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