554 West Lancaster Boulevard Lancaster, CA 93534 (661) 948-4518
Serving the community by Promoting, Protecting, Encouraging and Developing Business since 1902

Business Connection


February  2019

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board


Past Chairwoman of the Board

Mark Hemstreet - Chief Executive Officer
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors

Kelly Miller, Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Office Staff 

Mark Hemstreet, Chief Executive Officer
Anna Zarley, Event Coordinator
Sharon Molnar, Office 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
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking Opportunites
  • Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings
Monthly Events  
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Business-4-Breakfast
Quarterly Events
  • Mega-Mixers
  • Breakfast with Legislators

Discount Advertisement 

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

Please call the Chamber for more information: (661) 948-4518 

Member Benefits
Maximizing Your Membership
We all talk about how to bring more awareness to our business or organization. Social Media is nothing new, but are you on top of your game?  Are you part of the Lancaster Chambers Facebook page?  Add a quick post on our member to member page. Having an event? Weekend sale? End of Season Sell-off?  or other promotional opportunity you would like to publicize?  Give it a try, it's all part of being a Member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!
February 2019

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
"Achieving Positive Work/Life Balance"
Effectual Life Coaching
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

One Year Anniversary Celebration
FloraDonna's Cakery 
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:00 pm
706 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

Open House/Ribbon Cutting
New Location!
Law Office of Thompson | Von Tungeln
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting @ 3:30 pm
963 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534

One Year Celebration
New Location Ribbon Cutting
Comfort Keepers
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
44421 10th Street West, Ste E-1
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Legislative Committee Meeting
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
AVTA Boardroom 
42210 6th Street West
 Lancaster, CA 93534 

Business-4-Breakfast with the 
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Antelope Valley Florist 
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534 

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

America's Job Center of California
JVS So-Cal 
Maria Rivera 
1420 West Avenue I  
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 917-2968

Comfort Keepers
Angela McClain
 44421 10th Street West, Ste E-1
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-8180  

Desert Breeze 
Bookkeeping   & Tax Service 
Gary Truleove
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-0095

Printer Solutions SCV
Danny Markovich
19245 Soledad Canyon Rd, Ste 461
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
(661) 513-9250

Pure Signs Wholesale
Leo Olmedo
44814 Date Avenue, Ste D
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 466-9874

Surface Preppers, Inc
Ryan McLeod
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 406-3197

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Gilbert Snow, Orthodontist DDS
868 Auto Center Drive, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-1750
Member Since: 1971

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

Speedwell Transportation, Inc
860 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1161
Member Since: 1988

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

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

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

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

Hampton Inn & Suites
 39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93539
(661) 265-7400
Member Since: 2005

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

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

Cordova Park Apartments 
43530 Gadsden Avenue
Lancaster,  CA 93534
(661) 945-8052
Member Since: 2013

Lancaster School  District
44711 Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-2661
Member Since: 2013

Sol Plaza Boutique Mall
1140 Commerce Center Drive 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-4900
Member Since: 2013

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

Patti Holt-Pulsipher
Individual Member
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-1902
Member Since: 2014

Air Force Sergeants Association
PO Box 567 
Edwards AFB, CA 93523
(661) 886-0549
Member Since: 2015

Bella West Salon & Spa
560 West Milling Street 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-7447
Member Since: 2015

Camacho Mitsubishi 
401 Auto Vista Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 945-2600
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

GO-OG Hard Surface 
Cleaning  & Restoration 
2010 West Avenue K, Ste 426
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 902-802-8897
Member Since: 2016

Sandhu Dermatology 
41324 12th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 945-0818
Member Since: 2016

Goodwill Southern California 
342 N San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 539-2086
Member Since: 2017

SMS Bookkeeping
 & Financial Services 
43831 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 522-3465
Member Since: 2017

Wingstop Valley Central Way 
44433 Valley Central Way 
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-9464
Member Since: 2017

Augusta Financial, Inc
620 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 206-2970
Member Since: 2018

Coast Aggregates
13114 East Avenue T
Littlerock, CA 93543
(661) 247-1457
Member Since: 2018
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon  

February 13, 2019 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Achieving a Positive Work / Life Balance
With Life Coach Million Heir- Williams

"The Key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." Stephen Covey

The Lancaster Chamber February's lunch will provide useful take-a-ways  in developing simple methods to keep your life in balance.  Bring your employees... happy employees are productive employees!
"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life..."   Dolly Parton

Event Location:
Hellenic Center
 43404 30th Street West 
Lancaster, CA 93536 

Hope to see you there!  

Be a part of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Leadership
T he Board of Directors is composed eighteen (18) members, each serving a three year term. Each year, one third of the board members' term expires.

The government and policy-making responsibilities of the Chamber shall be vested in the Board of Directors, which shall control its property, be responsible for its finances, and direct its affairs.

If you are interested in serving as a Director on the Board for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, we welcome and encourage you to notify our nominating committee of your interest. The Chamber's goal is to achieve a diverse group of community and business leaders composed of a cross section of our membership to drive our organization. 

Please review the Director's Responsibilities and contact Chairman of the Board,   Luis Garibay,   or CEO Mark Hemstreet to discuss the position in more depth, and to have your name referred to the nominating committee. Candidates must be an active member in good standing with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for a minimum of one year.
2019 Work Ethics Scholarship
We would like to introduce you to our 2019 Work Ethics Scholarship program promoted by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. We would be delighted to count you as a Scholarship Sponsor to help the young people in our community.
The Work Ethics Scholarship program is fully funded by your donations and last year provided $14,000 in scholarships to 15 local High School graduates who are attending 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  sponsorship's   received.

Sponsorship levels are as follows:
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 Co-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

The Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce Education Foundation, is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Tips & Benefits from the
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
By CEO, Mark Hemstreet

Let's step up your Social Media Marketing

Did you know the Chamber has a member to member Facebook page?   Are you a member of this group?  If not, JOIN TODAY!

Okay, you're now a member, what's next?
First a few words of advice ...Post quality, not quantity. Adjust your content to fit your audience. Ask a question, but be direct. Keep it short. Don't dominate. Give a clear call-to-action. Include valuable information. Remember, social media is about the online relationships that you form and maintain. And lastly, be positive.
Plan Ahead. 
The best way to keep social media posts organized is on a calendar. This makes it easier to plan posts ahead of time. 

Plan Cohesive Campaigns. 
To drive your message home, you should build a complete campaign. Just as we advocate developing a yearly marketing plan, social media should play an important part; organized and well thought out. Oftentimes, businesses struggle to keep up with their social posting schedule because they're too reliant on one-off posts. This makes staying organized difficult. Plus, it's tough to always be writing posts on the fly without much thought ahead of time. So, plan campaigns, be it for the month, quarter or year.

Some Posting ideas:
  •  Illustrate your company's culture, vision.
  • Add Industry news_ be informative.
  • Promote Events at your business - create an event on Facebook
  • Give quick tips and advice
  • Add photo's_ tag people and ask to share.
  • Include testimonial
  • Share your interactions with a non-profit organization_ (cause             marketing)
  • Provide links to resources_ ebooks, white papers, or other                downloadable content.
  • Give away something free_ Who doesn't like free stuff? By offering your audience an incentive to take action to get a freebie, you can drive some strong engagement, and help promote your products or services.
  • Post Videos (short) Research shows that videos have a 135% greater organic reach compared to photos.
   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00 am- 8:30 am

This Months Breakfast is Sponsored by:

Chris Spicher
(661) 948-6006

Event Location
A.M. Cafe 
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster,  CA 93534

RSVP by Noon the day before the breakfast if you would like your business name to be included in the list that gets handed out to all attendees.

Please note:
 If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced
      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 10:00 am on 
High Desert Radio 1340 KTPI AM

Hosted by Chris Spicher of AV Florist and 
Aaron Goldstein of Goldstein Digital. 
Music by Lions Named Leo of Bakersfield.
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

  View our videos on YouTube 

The Month In Pictures


Lancaster Chamber Membership Luncheon
LASD Chief of Detectives, Pat Nelson
LASD Sergeant, Pete Hish
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce  Membership Orientation 
Ryan McLeod, Surface Preppers
Alexis Madrid, Courtney Rheuban -The Painted Turtle
Donna & Danny Markovich - Printer Solutions SCV
Shannon Avazian - Assisted Living Locators
Maria Rivera, Sam Ramirez- America's Job Center
Business-4-Breakfast Spopnsor
Cycles of Change Recovery, Joseph Hunter
(661) 800-4828
Business-4-Breakfast "Best Commercial Winner" 
Cruise Planners, Annette Wick
(661) 771-9425
CEO, Mark Hemstreet Presenting Certificate to 
Barry & Jack of Carpeteria - Senator Scott Wilk's 
Small Business of the Month