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

Business Connection


May 2019

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board
Katie Nelson, Hunter Dodge


Past Chairwoman of the Board

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

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!
May 2019
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Membership Luncheon
Work Ethics Scholarship Presentations
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP Today!

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

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

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Nova Storage 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:15 pm
825 West Avenue L-12
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 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Quarterly MEGA-MIXER
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
45116 Valley Central Way 
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

AV Retro Games & 
Computer Repair
Eyad Alawi
1033 West Avenue J, Ste D
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 974-1219

BYD Motor Factory 
Jim Skeen 
46147 BYD Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(800) BYD-AUTO

Century 21 Yarrow
Agent Shahnez Sheikh 
44143 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3703

Cold Crush
Derrick Morgan
 500 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 728-8303

Lucky Luke Brewing Co
Robynn Lesiecki
735 West Lancaster Blvd 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 522-3775

QCS Building Services, Inc
Michelle Grinstead
PO Box 3458
Quartz Hill, CA 93586
(661) 267-6211

Rexel USA
Henry Rodriguez
43300 Gingham Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93535
(714) 502-1002

S.A.V.E. Foundation
Supporting AV Education
Mary Courtney
39139 10th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550
(505) 228-2226

Spectrum Reach 
Sherryl Nelson
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 215
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 202-1182

The Brooklyn Deli
Atanacio Manriquez
730 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-2081

The Grady Group
A Human Resources Co
Mary Russell
PO Box 6033
Lancaster, CA 93539
(626) 688-1771

Westside Collision Center
John Parsamyan
801 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-7366

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Hunter Dodge, Chrysler 
Jeep, Ram & Fiat
1130 Auto Mall Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8411
Member Since: 1978

Antelope Express
AV Fly Away 
332 West Avenue S, Ste A
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-2529
Member Since: 1987

Financial Services
2566 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-0474
Member Since: 1992

Cal State University Bakersfield
Antelope Valley Campus 
43909 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 952-5000
Member Since: 1999

Charles Hoey & Associates
42315 10th Street West, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-3222
Member Since: 1999

Davis Tax Service 
42918 Fenner Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-4183
Member Since: 2002

J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-1413
Member Since: 2007

Merrill Lynch 
Wealth Management
7330 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 802-0763
Member Since: 2012

After Hours Lock & Key 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(310) 930-2556
Member Since: 2014

J Salon Studios & Spa
44140 20th Street West, Ste 111
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-8400
Member Since: 2014

Lancaster Optometry   
516 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1511
Member Since: 2014

Westside Body & Paint
5054 West Avenue M-2
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
(661) 943-3639
Member Since: 2014

Robert Munden Insurance
190 Sierra Court, Ste A-8
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 575-9656
Member Since: 2015

Audio Visual Live
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 886-5730
Member Since: 2016

Sagebrush Signing 
Mobile Notary
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-4996
Member Since: 2016

Right Angle Ventures, LLC
15760 Ventura Blvd, Ste 700
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 518-7866
Member Since: 2017

Embassy Surgery Center, LLC
42135 10th Street West, Ste 325
Lancaster,  CA 93534
(661) 237-5454
Member Since: 2018

State Farm Insurance
Agent Pat Rossall
3011 Rancho Vista Blvd, Ste D
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-5311
Member Since: 2018

2048 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 917-2220
Member Since: 2018
A Message from the Chairman 
Surf, Sand and Sun...Luis is (almost) done!

Yacht ready for this? Mark your calendars for the 2019 Lancaster Chamber Installation Banquet which is taking place on Friday, June 21st. Sail on over to UAV Ballroom as we welcome aboard incoming Chairwoman Katie Nelson and say bon voyage to outgoing Chairman Luis Garibay. 

This titanic sized event will include recognition of our hardworking crew of volunteers, the staff (the true lifesavers of the organization), as well as the installation of the 2019/2020 Board of Directors.

Don't be a castaway - join your fellow shipmates for some great food, cocktails, and conversation. The event will also include some fun auction items. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Work Ethics Scholarship Fund.

No need to go overboard with fancy attire. Guests are encouraged to wear nautical colors, stripes, anchor and boat prints or just your favorite cruise attire. The scuttlebutt is that the person wearing the best outfit will win a special prize.

While all the nautical puns were free, unfortunately the event is not. Individual tickets are $55 or you can purchase a table of eight for $400. To purchase your tickets, please contact the Chamber at (661) 948-4518. 

Also, if your company or organization is interested in being an event sponsor, please contact Anna Zarley at

I hope to see you on June 21st!
Luis Garibay
Chairman of the Board

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Membership Luncheon  

May 8, 2019 , 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

(2018 Scholarship Awards, Photo by: Barclay Digital)

Work Ethics Scholarship Presentations 
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Career Education Committee would like to invite you to join us as we present our annual Work Ethics Scholarships!

The Work Ethics Scholarship program is fully funded by sponsorship's and donations and will provide $17,000 in scholarships to 18 local High School graduates who are attending Colleges and Universities this year. The Scholarships are based on academics, the student's demonstrated work ethic in either a paid job or internship, and future aspirations.

This year's awards would not be possible without the generous donations of our  business sponsors:

Southern California Gas Company
High Desert Health Systems Auxiliary
Southern California Edison
Lancaster Optometry
Antelope Valley College
VINSA Insurance Associates
5th District Supervisor, Kathryn Barger 
Melchers Construction
Care Pest Solutions 
Westside Body & Paint, Inc
Dr. Ruwanthi Campano, MD
The Perkins Family
Zonta Club of AV 

Thank you to all those who supported our scholars through their membership renewals and raffles!

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

Tips & Benefits from the
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
CEO, Mark Hemstreet

Don't Become the Next Headline...
New Sexual Harassment Training Law

Effective January 1, 2019, California requires employers with 5 or more employees (located anywhere) to provide two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to supervisors (and to any out-of-state supervisors of California employees) and at least one hour of such training to ALL of their employees in California. All employees must be trained in the 2019 calendar year, before January 1, 2020. The minimum count of "5" employees covers seasonal and temporary hires, including independent contractors.
Training is now being offered throught eh Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and can be accomplished online, using the Chamber sponsored CalChamber Learning Management System.  

The Learning Management System (LMS) gives administrators greater flexibility to create and auto-generate custom reports and email notifications; upload learners and assign training at the same time, and much more. Members of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce will receive a 20% Chamber discount.

For more information  Click Here
This course is approved for 2.0 California credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

This course is also approved for 2.0 MCLE credit hours. CalChamber is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This course is approved for 2.0 PDCs.
   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
Thursday, May 23, 2019
7:00 am- 8:30 am

This Months Breakfast is Hosted by:


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 / Palmdale  Chamber
Joint M embership Luncheon
25th District Congresswoman, Katie Hill 
(661) 839-0532
300th Lancaster Built Electric Bus
Roll-out Celebration 
BYD Motor Factory 
46147 7th Street West, Lancaster
(800) BYD-AUTO
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration 
Subaru Antelope Valley 
43226 Drivers Way, Lancaster
(661) 949-1535
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration 
Tarzana Treatment Center
320 E Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale
(818) 654-3815
Business-4-Breakfast Sponsor
Royal Family Kids,  Rick Chisham 
(661) 948-5677
Business-4-Breakfast "Best Commercial Winner" 
AV Florist, Chris Spicher
(661) 948-6006