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

Business Connection


January  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

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

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!

AV Community News 
Dwayne Jones 
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 313-6240

El Deana M Pearson Massage
El Deana Pearson
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 470-5417

Evergreen Home Loans
Ruth Healy 
Lancaster CA 93536
(310) 920-9985

Go-OG Hard Surface 
Cleaning &  Restoration
Stephen Oliver
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 902-8897

JSS Joe's Entertainment
 Industry Services Inc
Jose Alvarez
Lancaster, CA 93535
(818) 469-9047

Lancaster Honda
Sandy Roybal
43244 Drivers Way
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-3521

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Pat Rillera
5455 Garden Grove Blvd., Ste 150
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 838-6199

Pacific Auto Recycling Center, Inc
Gerald Barrett
225 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-0048

Regene, Inc 
Felix Ma 
123 West Avenue J-5
Lancaster, CA 93535
(650) 898-9132

Sanico Trains, LTD
Emmanuel Sanico
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 917-0546

State Farm Insurance, Todd Main 
Todd Main 
650 Commerce Avenue, Ste B
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 949-1500

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

George's Cleaners
44759 Beech Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-4124
Member Since: 1947

Time Warner Cable Media Sales 
41551 10th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 202-1190
Member Since: 1977

Costco Wholesale
1141 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 802-4500
Member Since: 1988

BLVD Association
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-6074
Member Since: 1990

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

Rothman Business Interiors
121 Carriage Lane, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 618-6734
Member Since: 1993

First City Credit Union
1104 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(800) 944-2200
Member Since: 1998

PNS Coins & Collectibles/
Professional Numismatic
620 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3554
Member Since: 1998

Douglas B Weber, DDS
44404 16th Street WesT, STE 201
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-3661
Member Since: 1999

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

Lancaster Sheriff's Department
501 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8466
Member Since: 2001

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

Lancaster High School Jr ROTC
44701 Eagle Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 726-7649
Member Since: 2005

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

Home Instead Senior Care
1805 West Avenue K, Ste 111
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 254-8701
Member Since: 2005

Extra Space Storage
42615 23rd Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 945-3601
Member Since: 2009

Learn 4 Life Schools
43145 Business Center Pkwy, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 272-1225
Member Since: 2011

Desert Oasis RV Park & Storage
4968 Rosamond Blvd
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 547-6161
Member Since: 2012

The OUTreach Center
44845 Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 92-PRIDE
Member Since: 2013

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

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

Vose Properties
PO Box 8743
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 435-6536
Member Since: 2014

Sky Jung Grant Writer and PR
47052 85th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 902-8687
Member Since: 2014

Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt
44758 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(301) 643-7593
Member Since: 2014

All Valley Surveying
44909 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3639
Member Since: 2015

Bex Grill
706 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-2399
Member Since: 2015

Dickinson Graham Capital Management
42053 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 471-2403
Member Since: 2015

Flewelling & Moody, Inc
1035 Lancaster Boulevard, Ste 200
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-0771
Member Since: 2015

Jacob Nelson & the Tone Wranglers
Palmdale, CA 93551
(818) 800-8388
Member Since: 2015

Cullen Insurance Agency, Inc
701 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2411
Member Since: 2016

Sandhu Dermatology
44215 15th Street West, Ste 209
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-0818
Member Since: 2016

Vision Engineering & Metal Stamping, Inc
114 Grand Cypress Avenue
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 575-0933
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 ambassador, please contact the Chamber: 
(661) 948-4518

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
January 2017

Chamber Office-Closed 
Normal Business will Resume 01/03/2017

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Off-the-Grid Training, Inc
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1061 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Pacific Auto Recycling Center, Inc
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
225 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 949-0048

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
Membership Luncheon
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
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

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Exit Diamond Realty
44231 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Committee Meeting
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
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,
Happy New Year!

Welcome to what is sure to be a prosperous new year for our Lancaster Chamber in so many ways.  Our annual Christmas Parade was outstanding! Many changes were seen including a change to bands who participated without the judging of past years, the length of our event being one of the longest in our parade history, and the attendance was outstanding.  Special thanks to Anna for her work in making the parade a stellar event, to Luis for chairing this event and adding some new aspects, and to Mark and Sharon for their support.  Also, thanks to everyone who helped with the VIP breakfast; Especially the Zonta members, our Ambassadors who were on hand to meet and greet, and our Board of Directors who helped in a variety of ways from riding on the float to judging and clean up. Truly this was a parade with the help of many.  Thanks also to the City of Lancaster for allowing us to host the parade on the BLVD.
Speaking of the recent holiday events, thank you to all of the local restaurants for their contributions of food for our annual Open House. The event was well attended and the food was great. Thank you again to all who made it possible. We also had a chance to present checks to the winning band boosters/directors in attendance for their being chosen as the top three band performances in our parade.  In case you missed it, we also joined with our local, federal, state, and county representatives to honor the work of a young member of our community.  Harrison Pleer, a 9-year old student at Gregg Anderson Academy and son of Harry and Melissa Pleer, had just one wish for Christmas from his family and that was to collect jackets to give to Grace Resource Center for those who'd otherwise have no warm coats for the winter.  He collected well over 200 coats and jackets and was able to reach his goal of donating them. What a selfless act for our Chamber to recognize! We appreciated his Mom, Dad, brother, and other supporters joining us to celebrate his good work, and to see him receive the "Good Neighbor Award" from Todd Main at State Farm Insurance. 
Those of us attending December's Business-4-Breakfast had a great time with the gift exchange.  If you haven't found time to make the monthly breakfast part of your Chamber participation, I encourage you to make it a priority in 2017. We meet every 4th Thursday at the A.M. Cafe at 7:00 am. Register today and we will see you there. 
Also, don't forget that our monthly luncheon is on Wednesday, January 11th at the Hellenic Center.  Make plans now to attend this monthly event by registering today.
I have to thank all of you for the success of the Chamber this year. Our October Flea Market was a great success in terms of both attendance and finances.  The December Christmas parade was enjoyed by a very wide audience.  Staff at the Chamber continues to do an excellent job of planning wonderful events that support our businesses as well as help our community to memorable experiences. 
Again, thanks to everyone for your support and dedication to making our Chamber all it can be. Have a Happy New Year that is both safe and fun.

Regina Rossall, Chairwoman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon

How Marijuana Legalization Will Affect your Business

Join us at our monthly luncheon to hear updates from HR Specialist, Karen Hickling and local law enforcement. Q&A to follow. 

January 11, 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!

   NEWS from Jeffrey Prang

December 20, 2016
Contact: Steven Hernandez,  Office of the Assessor

Assessor Jeffrey Prang Increases Efficiency by Further Eliminating Assessments on Businesses and Taxpayers

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Assessor Jeffrey Prang's initiative to raise the minimum threshold for possessory interest assessments from $2,000 to $10,000. This was a major initiative undertaken by Assessor Prang in order to reduce government bureaucracy and eliminate the property tax burden for small business owners and other taxpayers.

When a person or entity leases, rents, or uses real estate owned by a government agency for its exclusive use, a taxable possessory interest occurs. The Office of the Assessor was previously required to assess the value of possessory interest worth more than $2,000. Raising the minimum limit would completely eliminate more than 2,100 property tax bills for some small business owners and taxpayers.

"Today's vote will allow my staff to refocus our efforts on larger assessments while dispensing with a requirement that costs the County money and creates challenges for business owners and taxpayers," said Assessor Jeffrey Prang. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors for this important step forward."
This is the second initiative to improve government inefficiency and is a component of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' Small Business Initiative, a five-year effort to help small businesses in unincorporated Los Angeles County transition to paying the County's new minimum wage.

The Board of Supervisors Agenda Item can be viewed here.
For more information on possessory interest, please click here.

About the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor
Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang leads the largest local public property assessment agency in the nation. His staff of nearly 1,400 appraisers and support staff are dedicated to creating an accurate and timely property assessment roll. This year, the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office established values for 2.6 million properties valued at more than $1.3 trillion. For more information, please visit us online at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter at @LACAssessor.
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 

Reminder: Employers Required to E-File Paperwork with Employment Development Department

With the compliance date rapidly approaching, the California Chamber of Commerce is reminding employers that beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).

This requirement will expand to all employers beginning January 1, 2018.

Unemployment Insurance and Electronic Reporting
AB 1245 (Cooley; D-Rancho Cordova, Statutes of 2015) requires electronic reporting for unemployment insurance reports submitted to the EDD. It also requires employers to remit contributions for unemployment insurance taxes by electronic funds transfer.

Any employer required under existing law to electronically submit wage reports and/or electronic funds transfer to the EDD will remain subject to those requirements. For more information, visit   FAQs - E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers.

The EDD encourages employers to enroll now in  e-Services for Business so they can start reporting online before this mandate begins.

For more information about the e-file and e-pay mandate, please visit:

Benefits of Electronic Filing and Payments
  • Increases data accuracy.
  • Protects data through encryption, which is safer and more secure than paper forms.
  • Reduces paper and mailing costs.
  • Eliminates lost mail.
  • Faster processing of returns and payments.
File and Pay Electronically with e-Services for Business

Employers can use  e-Services for Business to comply with the e-file and e-pay mandate. e-Services for Business is a fast, easy, and secure way to manage your employer payroll tax accounts online. With e-Services for Business, you can:
  • Register for an employer payroll tax account number.
  • File returns and reports.
  • Make payroll tax deposits and pay other liabilities.
  • View and update account information.
  • And more!

This mandate contains a waiver provision for employers who are unable to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits.

The EDD began accepting waiver requests from employers in July 2016. To request a waiver, employers must complete and submit the  E-file and E-pay Mandate Waiver Request (DE 1245W) .

Here are the ways to obtain a DE 1245W:
  • Download the DE 1245W from the EDD website.
  • Contact the Taxpayer Assistance Center at 888-745-3886.
  • Visit the nearest Employment Tax Office.
Waiver requests can be submitted by mail or fax:

Employment Development Department
Document and Information Management Center
PO Box 989779
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9779

Fax:     916-255-1181

Employers will be notified by mail if their waiver is approved or denied. An approved waiver will be valid for one year. Upon the expiration of the approval period, an employer must start to electronically file and pay, or submit a new waiver request to avoid a noncompliance penalty.

Penalties for Not Complying with the E-file and E-pay Mandate

Penalties will be incurred for noncompliance with this mandate. 

To avoid the penalties, enroll in   e-Services for Business.


   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, January 26, 2017

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast Sponsor:

Debbie Cardenas
 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



"Best Commercial Winner"

Don's Residential Doors, Don Jameson

(661) 945-7535

Lancaster Chamber Holiday Open House

CHiPS For Kids Presentation 

 Ribbon Cutting / Mixer
All Valley RV Center, Inc
42207 3rd Street East , Lancaster
Lancaster Chamber Directors and Ambassadors ride in the Holiday Parade 
Holiday Open House
Winner of the Flatscreen TV
Patty Holt-Pulsipher
Officer Gil Hernandez and Officer Byerly 
collect the CHiPS For Kids Toy Donations 
Thank you to all who donated!  
Happy New Year from the Staff here at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!