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

Business Connection


February  2017

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairwoman of the Board
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District
Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Past Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management

Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katy Nelson, Hunter Dodge

Austin Rice, Alden & Associates, LLP

Terry Roth, JAG Insurance Agency, Inc. 

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

Charles Hoey, Charles Hoey & Associates

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley

Shandra Goben, TownePlace Suites

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Barry White, Carpeteria

Heather Massari, VINSA Insurance Associates

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Office Staff 

Mark Hemstreet, Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Molnar, Office Coordinator
Anna Zarley, Event Coordinator
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 

  • Personal Page on Chamber Website
  • Chamber Mobile App
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Community Calendar
  • Membership Directory Listing
  • Membership City Map Listing
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Chamber Classes / E-Learning Portal
  • Conference room for Members
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking Opportunites
  • 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 

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Allan Company Recycling
Brett Weigand
39530 12th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 273-0775

Bella Bridal
Ashley Trevino
42055 50th Street West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
(661) 722-3900

Coruce Vineyards and Winery
Bruce Burch
1055 West Columbia Way
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 494-8877

Finnegan Security Solutions
Ryan Finnegan
43651 Grandpark Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 729-1513

Grace Marie Spa & Eyelash Extensions
Grace Rodriguez
1805 West Avenue K, Ste 105
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 449-7915

Huddleston Insurance
Ramona Huddleston
44846 Beech Av enue, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8600

Lunar Cow Publishing
Ben Harris
344 West Turkeyfoot Lake Rd, Ste B
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 253-9000

Neighborhood Legal Services of
 Los Angeles County
Lambreni Waddell
13327 Van Nuys Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 492-5246

Office of Assemblyman Tom Lackey
George Andrews
41319 12th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-7636

Right Angle Ventures, LLC
Perry Goldberg
15760 Ventura Blvd, Ste 700
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 518-7866

The Party Queens
Mary Roberts 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 492-2245

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Century 21, Doug Anderson & Associates
1727 West Avenue K, Ste 102
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-4521
Member Since: 1963

Currado Insurance Agency, Inc
Allstate Insurance  
43713 20th Street West, Ste 2
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 945-2696
Member Since: 1983

Mayflower Gardens
6570 West Avenue L-12
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-3228
Member Since: 1987

Palmcaster Moving & Storage
850 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-8494
Member Since: 1988

Desert Christian Schools
44662 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5071
Member Since: 1990

Desert Haven Enterprises, Inc
43437 Copeland Circle
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-8042
Member Since: 1991

Kwik Oil
45333-1/2 Trevor Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-3335
Member Since: 1992

A Digitech Security Systems
4506 West Avenue M
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
(661) 722-3344
Member Since: 1993

Century 21, Al & Midori
Yarrow & Associates
44143 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3703
Member Since: 1993

Farley Brothers of Lancaster, Inc
334 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4541
Member Since: 1993

JB Wholesale Roofing &
 Building Supplies 
45515 23rd Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-4537
Member Since: 1993

Lancaster Flooring, Inc 
44910 Yucca Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-2813
Member Since: 1993

Sierra Towing
45813 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-4521
Member Since: 1993

Hi-Grade Materials Company
Ascon Recycling Company
17671 Bear Valley Road
Hesperia, CA 92345
(661) 533-3100
Member Since: 1994

Lockheed Martin 
Aeronautics Company
1011 Lockheed Way, MZ 0819
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 572-4077
Member Since: 1994

Kaiser Permanente
615 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-2817
Member Since: 1995

Lancaster Jethawks
45116 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 726-5400
Member Since: 1995

Children's Center of AV 
45111 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1206
Member Since: 1998

Antelope Valley Care Center
44567 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-5524
Member Since: 2000

Brandman University
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 203
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-2001
Member Since: 2000

ProCare Hospice
42442 10th Street West, Ste E
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 951-1146
Member Since: 2002

Arnold N Applebaum
PO Box 1510
La Mirada, CA 90637
(562) 404-4474
Member Since: 2003

Face & Body Place
44832 Date Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-0055
Member Since: 2004

Joseph A Meekins Lodge #103
PO Box 2654
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 902-9058
Member Since: 2004

Hampton Inn & Suites, Palmdale
39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 265-7400
Member Since: 2005

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

Frontline Fitness
44840 Valley Central Way, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 723-8900
Member Since: 2007

Antelope Valley Church
3830 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 718-3662
Member Since: 2008

Kestler/Derryberry LLP
641 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-6115
Member Since: 2009

Lancaster School District
44711 Cedar Avenue 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4661
Member Since: 2013

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

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

Wingstop Lancaster
1838 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 350-7599
Member Since: 2013

Patti Holt-Pulsifer
(661) 943-1902
Member Since: 2014

Antelope Valley Community Clinic
45104 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-2391
Member Since: 2015

Beltone Hearing Aid Center
753 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4573
Member Since: 2015

Best Western Plus
Desert Poppy Inn
2038 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 418-0550
Member Since: 2015

Lean QA
1930 South Brea Cnyn Rd, Ste 112
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Member Since: 2015

Antelope Valley Boy Scouts of America
42402 10th Street West, Ste G
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-0582
Member Since: 2016
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 amba ssador, please contact the Chamber: 
(661) 948 -451 8

Ambassador of the Month:
Ann Carlson, Citizens Business Bank 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
February 2017

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Finance and Executive Committee Meeting
7:30 am - 9:00 am
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Orientation
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Office Closed

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Corp Meeting
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
Grace Marie Spa & Eyelash Extensions
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 pm
1805 West Avenue K, Ste 105
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Quarterly Mega-Mixer
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
iLead Charter School
254 West Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Committee Meeting
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

To view Job Openings please click on the links below.



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

Chairwoman's Message 

Greetings Members,
February is a month of romance and remembrance.  Many of us will celebrate Valentine's Day with special loved ones and/or host business promotions that commemorate the day.  Later in the month we remember the service of the 45 presidents of the United States, and recognize the differences they have or will make as our country's leaders. It is a busy month for us personally and in our businesses, so make the most of this very short month!

We have many upcoming Chamber events to prepare for. If you haven't made an investment in our youth through our Work Ethics Scholarship program, please consider providing your donation this month.  Every contribution helps, and we will be awarding those scholarships in May. Thanks to Kim Perkins and her committee for making this a continuing program of our Chamber Education Foundation.

Speaking of Chamber Education Foundation activities, our Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is in full swing.  Monica Grado, our Foundation Chair, and her many participants have been guiding our students through a series of presentations and events to help them get their businesses started.  If you are able to volunteer any time to this program, I am sure she'd appreciate your help. Contact the Chamber Office at 661-948-4518 if you are interested. Thank you Monica for making this another successful Chamber program.

Our regular monthly luncheon will be on February 8th at the Hellenic Center. We welcome all members to attend.  Cost of the luncheon is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  This month's we have Transformational Speaker & Success Coach  Mike Mataraza, who will be presenting us with his advanced and interactive workshop, Your 90 Days of Power.  No doubt this will be a most informative program.  I regret that I will be unable to attend, but look forward to hearing all about the presentation. 
Don't forget to sign up for the Show Local Showcase which will be held in conjunction with our semi-annual Flea Market on Sunday, May 7th at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. This event provides our Chamber members with another way to market their businesses to our local community. I encourage you to make a reservation with the Chamber as soon as possible as our vacant locations are filling up fast.
If you haven't had a chance to be on Minding Your Business, our Chamber Radio Talk Show which records every Thursday at noon and airs every Saturday on 1380 am,  please contact Chris Spicher at 661-948-6006 to make an appointment.  This is just one more benefit we provide to our Chamber members and hope you will utilize the opportunity at least once a year. 

Regina Rossall
Chairwoman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon

Your 90 Days of Power 
Presented by, Mike Mataraza
Transformational Speaker and Success Coach

An experienced Speaker and Coach, Mike started his first business in Tokyo at the age of 23, his next business in Thailand a few years later and his third and fourth companies upon returning to the U.S. Mike has worked with both Brian Tracy and Anthony Robbins as a speaker, business trainer and
personal success coach touring the U.S. and Canada speaking to over 250 companies a year.

He is also the author of four acclaimed books including "No Pressure Persuasion" and
"Feed the Dog: How to Destroy Stress and Create Joy in Your Life!"

Your 90 Days of Power!

Would you like to spend the next 90 Days making more money than you've ever made while, at the
same time, enjoying your life more that you ever have? At this workshop you will get the tools to do
just that!

This advanced and interactive workshop is designed specifically to help you:

1. Get clear on exactly what you want to create personally and professionally in the next 90 days.
2. Discover exactly what you need to do to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
3. Immediately add 10-15% to your income without working longer or harder.
4. Triple the amount of referrals you are currently getting.
5. Be immune to circumstance and be able to take control of your results regardless of life or
market conditions.

February 8, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th St West
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!
2017 Work Ethics Scholarship Program

Do you know a high school senior who exemplifies a positive Work Ethic? 

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is soliciting applications for its Work Ethics Scholarship Program. 

To be eligible, you must:  
  • Be a senior attending a high school within the greater Antelope Valley, scheduled to graduate by June 2016.
  • Be a part-time employee of a local business or training in a paid or unpaid internship during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Be able to describe how you are demonstrating a positive work ethic in your professional and academic careers.
  • Plan to be enrolled in a college or technical school by the fall term following high school graduation.
To apply, please visit our website at or click here

All applications and attachments must be submitted by 5:00 pm on March 31, 2017 to:

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Career Education Committee
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

or by fax: (661) 949-1212 or by e-mail to: .  

State-Run Retirement Saving Programs Years from Enrolling Participants

California's new state-run retirement savings program is at least two years away from enrolling participants, according to state officials.

The framework for the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Program was created by legislation signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2016, SB 1234 (de León; D-Los Angeles; Chapter 804), along with the original 2012 legislation, SB 1234 (de León; D-Los Angeles; Chapter 734) and SB 923 (de León; D-Los Angeles; Chapter 737).

The program will not begin enrolling participants until regulations have been developed, vendors have been secured and certain requirements are met, a process that is not expected to be completed for at least two years.

In fact, the state Treasurer's Office says 2019 is likely to be the earliest that large employers which do not offer a qualified retirement plan to their employees will be required to automatically enroll their employees into Secure Choice. The mandate will be phased in over a three- year period. Any information to the contrary is wrong.The website notes: "Please contact our office if you are told something different, so we can correct the vendor . ( )."

Program Under Development

The Secure Choice program is a state-run retirement savings plan mandated for private employees that includes automatic enrollment with an opt-out provision for an estimated 6.3 million California workers whose employers do not currently offer an eligible retirement savings program.  Private employers with five or more employees will be required to automatically enroll their employees in and make payroll deductions for the Secure Choice retirement accounts, unless the employee opts out. Employers that do not offer a retirement plan and do not auto-enroll their employees in Secure Choice would be subject to a penalty; otherwise the program is intended to impose no risk or liability to the employer or to the state. It is intended that employers' responsibility is simply a pass-through-to deduct and submit contributions
from employee wages.

The program will be funded by an automatic 3% to 5% payroll deduction; the specific default contribution will be determined by the Secure Choice Investment Board. The employer makes no contribution into the retirement account.

Once Secure Choice finally opens its doors it will be phased in: eligible employers with more than 100 employees will be mandated to enroll employees within 12 months after the program is open for enrollment; employers with more than 50 employees will be mandated to participate within 24 months after the program is open for enrollment; and within 36 months, all other eligible employers with five or more employees will be required to participate.
Representatives for the state Treasurer's Office project that the soonest the mandate will go into effect will be sometime in 2019 for the largest employers (100 or more employees); 2020 for employers of 50 or more; and 2021 for all other eligible employers.

Employer Input, Participation Needed

What should employers be doing in the meantime, while regulations are in development? Business community input is needed in the development of regulations as well as other important aspects of the program in order for employers to be best protected from onerous administrative burdens, exposure to enforcement action and potential liability.

Businesses also may want to evaluate their options of either being subject to the Secure Choice mandate or providing employees a private sector program that would exempt the business from the mandate.

Businesses that do look at private sector options in order to be exempt from Secure Choice, should make sure the option complies with the program as an exemption and that they are still following the law.
Educational materials and outreach will be available well before the enrollment period.

For more information, visit the state Treasurer's Office website for Secure Choice at  

Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge  
Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

"Minding Your Business "

Minding Your Business (MYB) the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce weekly radio show features Chamber members and Friends each Saturday at 12 noon on High Desert Radio 1380am. Hosted by Chris Spicher of AV Florist and Aaron Goldstein of GoldsteinDigital. Music is by Lions Named Leo of Bakersfield, CA.
     Saturdays, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

  View our videos on YouTube 
Labor Law Corner

On-Call Rest Periods Are Not Allowed, California Supreme Court Rules

In a disappointing decision for California businesses, the California Supreme Court ruled recently that on-call rest periods are not permissible. This decision will require many California employers to re-examine their rest-break policies and practices.

Supreme Court Ruling

In  Augustus, et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc, the California Supreme Court reversed the 2nd District Court of Appeal, concluding that, "state law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. During required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time." The 10-minute rest break must be uninterrupted.  "The rest period, in short, must be a period of rest."

Although rest breaks are compensable time (unlike meal breaks), the employer must still relinquish control over the rest break, said the Court. An employer cannot meet its rest-period obligations by requiring employees to remain on-call. A "broad and intrusive degree of control" exists when there is an on-call rest period because the employee is forced to remain "on call, vigilant, and at the ready."

The Court noted that its ruling does not prevent employers from being able to reasonably reschedule a rest period when the need arises - although such circumstances should be "the exception rather than the rule." Moreover, if a rest period is interrupted, an employer can provide another rest period to replace the interrupted one or pay the premium pay for the missed rest break.

The California Chamber of Commerce filed a friend-of-the court brief prepared by Greg Valenza of Shaw Valenza in this case. The California Building Industry Association joined in the brief. The brief argued that the Court should define "rest period" as a period of freedom from exertion or performing usual duties. The brief also pointed out that rest breaks are already compensable as "hours worked."


ABM Security Services, Inc. (ABM) employs security guards across California. Jennifer Augustus and others sued ABM claiming that ABM failed to provide guards with uninterrupted, 10-minute rest periods as required by California law because ABM required its security guards to keep their radios and pagers on during rest breaks, remain vigilant and respond to emergencies.

The guards presented no evidence that anyone's rest break was ever actually interrupted, only that they were required to remain on call.

A trial court ruled in favor of the guards who sued, concluding that an employer must relieve its employees of all duties during rest breaks, including the obligation to remain on call. The guards sought a one-hour penalty every day for every one of nearly 15,000 security guards, plus waiting time penalties and interest. The trial court eventually awarded the guards approximately $90 million in damages, interests and penalties.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court, ruling that on-call rest periods are lawful, and this petition to the California Supreme Court followed.


   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, February 23, 2017

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast Sponsor:

Lorenzo Lubien
 Event Location
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster,  CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518 

Please RSVP by Noon the day before the breakfast if you would like to be included in the list

Be sure to bring plenty of business cards

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

The Month In Pictures


Lancaster Chamber 

Membership Luncheon 

Karen Hickling, NorKare Consulting, LLC 

CHP Officer, Gil Hernandez


"Best Commercial Winner"

Lancaster Sheriff's Station

(661) 948-8466

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Pacific Auto Recycling Center, Inc
225 West Avenue H, Lancaster
 Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Exit Diamond Realty
44231 10th Street West, Lancaster
Business-4-Breakfast Table Sponsor
Debbie Cardenas, Damsel in Defense