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Serving the community by Promoting, Protecting, Encouraging and Developing Business since 1902

Business Connection


February 2016

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District

Past Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services 

Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katy Nelson, Hunter Dodge

Stan Turner, Edwards Federal Credit Union 

Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Mark Hemstreet - Chief Executive Officer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Theresa Dawson, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Calli Jaqua, Jaqua & Sons

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley

Austin Rice, Fourr, Alden & Associates, LLP

Shandra Goben, TownePlace Suites

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!
Antelope Valley 
Boy Scouts of America
Jim Webb
42402 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-0582

Bearly Cake, Inc
Joseph Barbee
2791 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 206-5088

Cullen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Zachery Cullen
701 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2411

Sports Clips
Kristiana Maldonado
44506 Valley Central Way,  Suite 103
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 951-8200

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members  
Palmcaster Moving & Storage
850 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-8494
Member Since: 1988

Blvd Association
647 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 435-7930
Member Since: 1990
Desert Haven Enterprises
43437 Copeland Circle
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-8402
Member Since: 1991

Grace Resource Center
45134 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA  93534
(800) 940-5272
Member Since: 1993

Lenton Company
2308 West Avenue N-8
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-9179
Member Since: 1993

Clock Tower Plaza 
2063 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 726-4300
Member Since: 1995

Valley Iron 
Fabricators / Erectors, Inc.
PO Box 2601
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 945-0871
Member Since: 2000

Dr. Ruwanthi Campano, MD
41301 12th Street West, Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 726-6277
Member Since: 2005

Holiday Inn Express
43719 17th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 951-8848
Member Since: 2004

Antelope Valley Harley Davidson
1759 West Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5959
Member Since: 2006

Brit O Smith, MD
44847 10th Street West, Suite B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4523
Member Since: 2006

Southern Kern 
Unified School District
3082 Glendower
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-5000
Member Since: 2006

Advanced Imaging Center
43731 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-8111
Member Since: 2007

Laurel Crest Apartments
531 West Jackman
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-3422
Member Since: 2007

Monster Fitness, Inc.
44540 Valley Central Way, Suite 101
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 723-8900
Member Since: 2007

Citizens Business Bank
42548 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-7976
Member Since: 2009

KGG Electric
PO Box 3241
Quartz Hill, CA 93586
(661) 943-5616
Member Since: 2011

Desert Sands Charter High School
42455 10th Street West, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 272-1225
Member Since: 2011

Cordova Park Apartment Homes
43530 Gadsden Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
Member Since: 2013

DeVry University
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 100
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 224-2920
Member Since: 2013

Mitchell Tax Professionals
1038 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 729-4829
Member Since: 2013

Sienna Heights Apartment Homes
43519 Kirkland Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-7191
Member Since: 2013

Valley Oasis
PO Box 2980
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 949-1916
Member Since: 2013

Woodlands West Townhomes
44004 Engle Way, Unit 2
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-0690
Member Since: 2013

Lancaster West Rotary
43912 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 476-2980
Member Since: 2013

HM Bio Serv
145 East Avenue K-8, Suite 110
Lancaster, CA 93535
(855) 963-0852
Member Since: 2014

Visual Instrumentation Corporation
1110 West Avenue L-12, Suite 2
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 945-7999
Member Since: 2014

Charter College
43141 Business Center Parkway
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 341-3500
Member Since: 2015

Donna Drost, REALTOR
43832 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 917-5358
Member Since: 2015

(661) 264-1222
Member Since: 2015

Westside Biz & Mail
44248 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 418-0153
Member Since: 2015

Interested in Becoming an Ambassador?


Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to represent the Lancaster

Chamber at many events, including breakfasts, luncheons, mixers, ribbon cuttings/grand openings and more!  Through this involvement, ambassadors are able to represent the chamber while also representing and marketing their own businesses--it's truly a "win/win" relationship!



 If you or someone at your place of business is interested in

 participating in our comprehensive training series and ultimately

 becoming an ambassador, please contact the Chamber: 

(661) 948-4518

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
February 2016

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Finance & Executive Committee Meeting
7:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Monster Sports Center
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(Ribbon Cutting to be held at 12:30 pm)
44830 Valley Central Way, Unit 105 & 106
Lancaster, CA 93536

Chamber Office CLOSED
Normal Business Resumes 2/16/2016

Lancaster Chamber Quarterly Mega-Mixer
Hosted by Senior Resource Alliance
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Antelope Valley Partners for Health 
44226 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber
Board of Director's Meeting
7:30-9:00 am
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

7:00 am- 8:30 am
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: (661) 948-4518

Lancaster Chamber
Membership Orientation
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: (661) 948-4518

Bakersfield Business Conference Special Pricing opportunity!

Chamber Members:

The Bakersfield Business Conference returns on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Don't miss America's best one-day program with business, investment, motivation, political and governmental thought, plus entertainment personalities and speakers on the main stage and alternative venues throughout the day.

Chamber members receive special pricing until February 1, 2016. Seating
assignments are based on receipt of purchase.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (661) 371-2204, by mail to the Bakersfield Business Conference, PO Box 2026, Bakersfield, CA 93303, or on
our website.

For more information or to purchase tickets on the web please visit:



Helping Support Your Local Chamber is a


Take advantage of these special rates for chamber members!!



  •  Digital Display Ad on Chamber Wall - $250 / year (2050x1400 dpi).
  • Static Display Framed Poster* on chamber/visitor's center wall - $1000 / year (24x20 inches -8  AVAILABLE) -includes a free digital display for one year.
  • Chamber newsletter ad (600x600 dpi, includes link to your website) - $75 each or $750 for one year.
  • Website home page banner ad (along top of page) - $2500 per year 
  • Website home page ad $500 / year (600x600 dpi - TWO AVAILABLE).


  •  Package 1 - $500 - Includes one digital display ad and four newsletter ads.           
  • Package 2 - $1000 -  Includes one digital display ad, four newsletter ads, and one website home page ad (TWO AVAILABLE).
  • Package 3 - $1000 - includes one  24"x20" framed Chamber Wall poster* (12 AVAILABLE) and one digital display ad.

           *price includes poster production costs.




  • Community Calendar member event posting.
  • Annual area map and directories with advertising opportunities.
  • Referrals - Hundreds of request directed to members "ONLY".
  • Mailing Labels and Membership Lists available to members "ONLY".
  • Chamber Radio Talk Show and Chamber YouTube Free to members "ONLY".
  • Your business listed in the printed and online Membership Directory (Link to your website or social media!).

Chamber Membership Lists


Labels by Alpha: $50.00

Email Data: $50.00


Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518

What can the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce do to help grow YOUR business???

What is Your Chamber?


Since 1902, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce has existed as a private, voluntary, nonprofit (501(C)(3) and (C)(6) business organization dedicated to improving the economic environment of business growth and prosperity. The business community now serves a greater Antelope Valley Region, with a population of more than 480,000 people


As the Antelope Valley continues to develop and thrive, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce continues to evolve to meet the needs of its members and our growing community. The Lancaster Chamber offers a variety of benefits to help businesses, large and small, to network and grow. 

Membership Benefits 

  • Chamber Website
  • Monthly Business Connection E-Newsletter
  • Membership Directory
  • Membership City Map
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Super AV Expo
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking
  • Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings
Monthly Events 
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Business-4-Breakfast

Discount Advertisement 

  • AV Press - Chamber Page
  • Video Commercials
  • Web Video - Business Showcase

Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518 

For those of you who have utilized all the wonderful features of our new website, we are confident that you have seen interest in your business grow!  We are seeing  triple  the traffic on our site since we rolled out the new product in late October!  It's easy for our members to use and navigate and the free marketing tools that are included are state-of-the-art!  If you have not yet had the opportunity to request optimization of your member page, upload coupons, classified ads, and member-to-member discounts, or submit your events and meetings to our community calendar, please log in to your account and take full advantage of these exciting ways to market your business on both our website and our mobile app!  If you need us to re-send your log-in information, please contact us at:


 (661) 948-4518




Chairman's Message

 Greetings Members,

 I hope your 2016 is off to a great start. January was a busy month for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. In case you missed it:
  • We welcomed a new business to the community, Sport Clips, and celebrated the new locations of two others Double D Cupcakes & Tiny Treats and Sol Print Solutions.
  • Kim Maevers of the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA) shared a preview of the 2016 Economic Roundtable Report at our monthly Luncheon.
  • Two new board members were added to fill vacancies on our Board of Directors. Please give a warm welcome to Austin Rice of Fourr, Alden & Associates, LLP and Shanny Goben of TownPlace Suites by Marriott. Both are highly regarded professionals in their fields and we are proud to add their expertise to our board.
  • Stan Turner of Edwards Federal Credit Union is assuming the duties of Board Treasurer from Mark Troth.  Mark is stepping away from the board to focus on the growth of his third-generation family business, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS. Thank you both for your work in guiding the financial health of the chamber.
  • Lancaster Chamber representatives were on hand for the passing of the gavel at Palmdale Chamber of Commerce's 75th Installation event. Congrats to Chuck Church on a successful year and best wishes to incoming Chairwoman Jennifer Navarro on the year ahead.
During the month of February, I encourage our members to take advantage of one of the many benefits that come with a Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Membership, including (but not limited to):
  • Setting up your FREE member page on the chamber website, Even if you're not tech savvy, our chamber services team can take your logo, photos and business info and build the page for you. How easy is that!
  • Book your spot on the Minding Your Business radio show with hosts Chris Spicher and Aaron Goldstein. Taped weekly, this is your opportunity share your business via radio and webcast.
  • Do you have a unique product or service that could benefit other members in a workshop-style discussion or meet and greet? Share your expertise by hosting a Lunch & Learn at the chamber office or a Quarterly Mixer at your business.
There is real value in your membership. Let the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce be a part of your business success!
Josh Mann
2015/2016 Chairman of the Board 

Shop Local Showcase Vendor Spaces Available!  


Chamber Members can be a part of the  

2016 Nominations & Election Committee

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is seeking three members in good standing to be a part of the upcoming 2016 Nomination and Elections Committee. 

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact our Office Coordinator, Sharon Molnar at  661-948-4518 or  at
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon 
Please join the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce at our monthly membership luncheon. 

This month will feature a presentation given to us by the Los Angeles County Sherrifs Department focusing  on  surviving an "Active Shooting".

Information presented at the luncheon is intended to help public and private organizations understand and consider courses of action that may be taken to reduce vulnerability and increase survivability in the event of an active shooter and or bombing situation.
Handout materials will be provided, and the video, "Surviving an Active Shooter - What Would You Do?" will be screened. Included in the program will be discussion of the slogan "If You See Something, Say Something," nationally promoted by law enforcement and Homeland Security officials. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what may be suspicious. Individuals are being encouraged to alert local law enforcement of any suspicious individuals or actions observed, and point out the fact that active shooter situations can occur anywhere.

RSVPs are suggested for this event.
                    EVENT INFORMATION
February 10, 2016
11:30am - 1pm

JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!
         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge  

Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

"Minding Your Business "
     Saturday, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

Quarterly Mega Mixer

Come enjoy appetizers sponsored by Halley Olsen Murphy Funeral Homes and drinks provided by our Mega Mixer Host, the Senior Resource Alliance!

With Mega-Mixers, your opportunity to network is greatly increased as these mixers are large-scale and are FREE to our members! If you want to bring a guest who is a non-member, admission is $20. Be sure to bring a raffle prize with your business cards attached!
                    EVENT INFORMATION
February 18, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Antelope Valley Partners for Health
44226 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534


   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, February 25, 2016

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M
Event Location
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518

This Months Breakfast is sponsored by:

Team Referral Network 
Be sure to bring plenty of business cards or flyers to promote your business!

*Please note - If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced for $12.00

We would like to thank the following businesses who gave raffle prizes for the January  Business-4-Breakfast:

City of Hope
Cindy Yarrow
Cal State University Bakersfield
Kickin' it With Karen Weil & Kira Wagner
Domingo's Mexican Restaurant
Citizens Business Bank
Chuck Simons Realty
TownHouse Suites

The Month In Pictures


Sol Print Grand Opening / 

Joint Chamber Mixer

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening 

Sport Clips Haircuts

Kaboom gets a Haircut at

 Sport Clips Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Re-Opening Opening in New Location

Double "D" Cupcakes 



2016 Work Ethics Scholarship

The Work Ethics Scholarship program is fully funded by your donations and last year provided $6,500 in scholarships to 12 local High School graduates who are atten ding Colleges and Universities this year. The Lancaster Chamber is dedicated to building a strong future for the youth of today by supporting our students who have made a commitment of attending college. For over 100 years the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce has remained dedicated to encouraging higher education as a means of preparing young people to become stronger leaders and citizens in our community.

The Scholarships are based on academics, the student's demonstrated work ethics in either a paid job or internship, and future aspirations. Awardees must graduate High School in the Antelope Valley and provide proof of college enrollment. Scholarships are provided in $500 levels, dependent on sponsorships received.

Gold Sponsor $1,000. 
Sponsor Name Displayed on the Chamber's Web page. Sponsor Name Displayed in the Chamber's Office. Sponsor Name Prominently Displayed at Scholarship Luncheon. Congratulatory Letter from the Sponsor to awarded Student. Sponsorship Mention at the Scholarship Luncheon Two Tickets to Scholarship Lunch.

Silver Sponsor $500. 
Sponsor Name Displayed on the Chamber's Web page. Sponsor Name Displayed in the Chamber's Office. Sponsor Name Prominently Displayed at Scholarship Luncheon. Congratulatory Letter from the Sponsor to awarded Student.

Bronze Sponsor $250 
Sponsor Name Displayed on the Chamber's Web page. Sponsor Name Prominently Displayed at Scholarship Luncheon.

Recognition Sponsor $100 to $250
Sponsor name Displayed at Scholarship Luncheon
For the complete sponsorship application and to sign up to be a sponsor, please visit our website at  or contact Sharon Molnar at for more information.