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

Business Connection


October  2018

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

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!

To join our Facebook page please log in and request to join the Lancaster Chamber Member-Member group and you will be added. 
October 2018

52nd Semi-Annual Flea Market 
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

Lancater Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon 
Digital Marketing 101
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

The Studios at Bella West
Ribbon Cutting / Newly Expanded 
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ribbon Cutting @ 10:00 am
560 West Milling Street
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

North Valley Veterinary Clinic
Pet Nutrition Center
Ribbon Cutting
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
43619 N Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534

Optimal Hospice Care
Ribbon Cutting / Open House 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:30 pm
44151 15th Street West, Ste 201
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Antelope Valley Ukes for Schools
Michael Lemos
Lancaster, CA  93536
(661) 435-9150

Be Safe Visitations
Micah Sims
PO Box 900692
Palmdale, CA 93590
(661) 306-9900

Kona Ice of Lancaster
Kim Etter
106 East Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 524-5055

North Valley Veterinary Clinic
Cindy Magnolia
43619 N Sierra Highway 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-7906

Elise Cabey 
707 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(323) 557-8862

Sara de Trigueros 
44835 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-8466

TaVia Wooley with Mary Kay 
45102 17th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 494-2701

Wandercom, LLC
Amber Lea
Littlerock, CA 91342
(814) 430-3510

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Stephen B Marvin Real Estate, Inc
43700 17th Street West, Ste 102
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-9583
Member Since: 1972

Mission Linen & Uniform Services
619 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5051
Member Since: 1992

Sunset Ridge Apartments
43436 16th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-2948
Member Since: 1994

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
1801 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4646
Member Since: 1996

901 West Avenue J
Lancaster,  CA 93534
(661) 940-3644
Member Since: 1999

Grace Lutheran School
856 West Newgrove Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-1018
Member Since: 1997

High Desert Medical Group
43839 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5984
Member Since: 1998

Care Pest Solutions
PO Box 2887
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 951-1843
Member Since: 2001

AV Chem Dry
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 722-9342
Member Since: 2002

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

Design for Change
1066 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-1026
Member Since: 2001

Aerotech News & Review 
220 East Avenue K-4, Ste 7
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-5634
Member Since: 2006

Antelope Valley Cemetery  District
111 East Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-6110
Member Since: 2007

Springhill Suites
1811 West Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-2390
Member Since: 2007

9346 West Avenue G
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 557-1280
Member Since: 2013

The Hier Advantage
1008 West Avenue M-14, Ste A
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 406-1562
Member Since: 2015

All Valley RC Center
42207 3rd Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 949-0055
Member Since: 2016

Flight Test Historical Foundation 
PO Box 57
Edwards, CA 93523
(661) 916-3309
Member Since: 2016

Santa Barbara Center
for International Trade
CITD 721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(541) 610-8602
Member Since: 2016

Fran Sereseres
Individual Member 
(661) 723-7232
      Member Since: 2017

Lancaster Lions Club
Lancaster, CA 93534
(818) 433-9888
Member Since: 2017

TelPro Systems, Inc
410 East Avenue K-12, Ste 105
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 726-7872
Member Since: 2017

US Bank 
2831 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-2448
Member Since: 2017

Office Depot 
National Chamber Program

Join thousands of others who benefit from perks, discounts and business solutions through the National Chamber Program! 

We've championed the office products space to give you the best in group purchasing and world class customer service.  Help your business grow- it's more than just a discount!

A Message from the 
Chairman of the Board

Election season is in full swing, and there are several candidates and propositions for voters to consider this November. While the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates, our organization does evaluate legislation at the federal, state, regional, and local level that may affect the local business community. Thanks to the hard work of our legislative committee, led by Liz Seelman and Chuck Hoey, the Executive Board has taken a position on several propositions being considered in the upcoming election. The quick breakdown can be found in our legislative write up below, with a more detailed summary available on the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce website. We encourage members to share this information with their friends and neighbors in order to continue to protect the best interests of our community.

As part of this month's Chamber member highlight, I'd like to recognize Johnny Zamrzla. Johnny owns Western Pacific Roofing but is probably best known for his work as President of the California Circuit Finals Rodeo and Chairman of Showdown Rodeo Inc. Through his dedication and commitment, Johnny has brought two great annual events to our community - the 4th of July Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and the PRCA RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo. Both of these events provide fun and excitement for locals, while helping to generate tourism dollars which support our local business community.

Although Johnny has a hardworking committee that helps put on these events, including our own Executive Board member Katie Nelson, there is no doubt that these events would not be in Lancaster without Johnny's vision and leadership. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, head out to the PRCA Ram California Circuit Finals Rodeo at the AV Fairgrounds - better yet, stop by on Sunday and you can support the Chamber's Flea Market and then stick around for the rodeo.   

Luis Garibay
Chairman of the Board 
Legislative Advocacy 

Lancaster Chamber's Overview of November Ballot Measures
By:  Lancaster Chamber of Commerce with support from CalChamber

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken the following positions on upcoming Propositions for the November 6th election. The Chamber encourages employers to share this information with their employees. Businesses are within their rights to do so-just remember: NO PAYCHECK STUFFERS, no coercion, no rewarding or punishing employees (or threatening to do so) for their political activities or beliefs.

Lancaster Chamber Positions on November Measures

Proposition 1                       Support
Veterans Housing Bond

Proposition 2                      Support
Housing and Services for Individuals with Mental Illness

Proposition 3                       Support
Bond Funding for Water Supply/Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage Projects

Proposition 4                      Support
Children's Hospitals Construction Bonds

Proposition 5                      Support
Property Tax Base Transfer for Replacement Property

Proposition 6                      Support
Reduces taxes on gasoline, removes taxes added by state legislators without voter approval.

Proposition 7                      No Position
Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law

Proposition 8                      No Position
Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment

Proposition 9                      REMOVED from BALLOT
Three States Initiative - Removed from ballot on 7/18/18 by order of California Supreme Court

Proposition 10                   Oppose
Expands Local Governments' Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

Proposition 11                   Support
Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks

Proposition 12                   No Position
New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals

For brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November 6th General Election ballot. Please click here.
California's Independent Contractors - (April 30, 2018) new judicial ruling changed how to determine whi is an IC. The California Supreme Court issued a decision that could make it substantially more difficult for businesses in California to show that their workers are independent contractors rather than employees.  The court adopted a new version of the so-called "ABC" test for purposes of claims brought under California's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders. Under that test, a worker is an independent contractor rather than an employee only if he or she meets the following three factors:

1.  The worker is free from the control and direction of the hirer in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work; and
2.  The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity's business; and
3.  The worker is customarily engaged in an  ature as that involved in the work performed.

The Chambers Legislative committee is working with our elected officials to revise the current legislation.

To read the Beacon Economics Report download using the link below: 
Membership Luncheon 

Join the Lancaster Chamber on Wednesday, September 10, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm as we will be hosting a panel of Digital Marketing experts who will let you know the best ways to market your business on a digital platform! This will be a "no-pitch" presentation.

Speakers include: 
Arty Aleksanyan - Business Owner - Lancaster Optometry
Mellyssa  Harris - Digital Marketing Ninja - Colman Media
David Saltman - Digital Marketing Strategist - Z-Axsis
Jordan Beilin - Dr. Digital Sales Manager - Spectrum Reach

Event Location:
John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Hope to see you there!  

   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
Thursday, October 25,  2018
7:00 am- 8:30 am

This Months Breakfast is Sponsored by:

Joel Green (661) 254-8701

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

Please 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


Congressional Candidate Forum 
HT Fitness Grand / Ribbon Cutting
42231 6th Street West Unit 207
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-0300
RAM of the West  Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
43226 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8411
The Yoga Roots  Grand Ribbon / Cutting
843 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 201
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 979-4092
"Table Sponsor"
Westside Body & Paint
Giavonna Nesel  (661) 943-3639
"Best Commercial Winner"
Tavia Wooley Iles
Mary Kay  (661) 494-2701