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Business Connection


August 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. 
Interested in Becoming an Ambassador? 
Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to represent the LancasterChamber 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

August 2018

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

Antelope Valley Fair Parade
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The 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

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Committee Meeting
8:00 am - 9:00 am
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Garland W Homecare 
Agency, Inc
Iown Fields
1220 East Avenue S, Ste L
Palmdale, CA  93550
(661) 400-0584

Giovanna Lorenzen
Notary Public
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 406-6097

Healthdent Technology
International, Inc
Nathan Li
575 Commerce Avenue, Ste A
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-1966

John M Meyer, Jr
Palmdale, CA 93552
(661) 526-5699

Denise Oliva
1420 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(818) 877-9213

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Antelope Valley Press
PO Box 4050
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 273-2700
Member Since: 1915

Frye Chiropractic. Inc
42283 10th Street West, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-9655
Member Since: 1996

Antelope Valley College
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-6300 
Member Since: 1960

Bohn's Printing
656 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8081
Member Since: 1981

Oxford Inn Suites
1651 West Avenue K
Lancaster,  CA 93534
(661) 949-3423
Member Since: 1986

Artistic Carpet One Floor & Home
1061 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-7567
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Transit Authority
42210 6th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9445
Member Since: 1992

OPSEC Specialized Protection
44262 Division Street, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93535
661) 942-3999
Member Since: 1999

Prestige Assisted Living
43454 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 949-2177
Member Since: 1999

  American Travel Bureau 
2330 Mall Loop Rd, Ste 119
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-1165
Member Since: 2001

Minuteman Press
331 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-5916
Member Since: 2006

American Plumbing Services, Inc 
42217 12th Street West, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 266-0123
Member Since: 2008

LegalShield, Olin Rogers
38713 Tierra Subida Ave, Ste 200
Palmdale, CA 93551
(310) 335-0115
Member Since: 2009

Eastside Union School District
45006 30th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 952-1200
Member Since: 2011

American Post & Parcel
43759 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1150
Member Since: 2013

Lancaster Modern Dentistry 
43531 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 839-7630
      Member Since: 2015

Beth Knesset Bamidbar
1611 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-4415
Member Since: 2016

Don's Residential Doors
632 East Avenue K-8
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-7535
Member Since: 2016

Vets 4 Veterans
5544 Cypress Avenue 
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 714-0454
Member Since: 2016

Academy of Music 
Performance & Education 
854 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-2673
Member Since: 2017

AV Saving Grace
PO Box 9173
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 200-4362
Member Since: 2017

Edward Jones, Rocio Montagner
41301 12th Street , Ste E
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 224-1365
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

It's August, which means summer is quickly ending (or if you are a parent of school-aged kids -- maybe not quick enough). It also means that the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival is right around the corner. Those newer to the AV tend to forget the "Alfalfa Festival" part. Agriculture played a major role in the early development of the Antelope Valley. You can still see the impact that early farming families had on the community. If you drive around town, you will see names like Reynolds, Jaqua, Calandri and Ryckebosch, adorning community buildings, parks, and businesses. The AV Rural Museum has done a great job preserving some of this history. While you are at the fair, make sure to stop by their exhibit to see some of their unique displays.
With the Fair, comes the AV Fair Parade happening on Saturday, August 11. We are moving the parade up a week, which we hope, will allow more individuals and groups, who are usually already busy at the fairgrounds taking care of animals and exhibits, to participate and enjoy the parade. So dust off those cowboy hats and boots and join us for this fun, family-friendly event.
In continuing with my monthly member highlight, this month I would like to recognize Kira Wagner. We know Kira as the singing Sweet Adeline known for her ability to fill the room with her positive energy. Kira is a co-founder of The Dream Believers - an organization that helps women find balance in life through coaching, meet-ups and support. I would encourage you to check out her chamber business page to learn more.  A few years ago, I decided to bring my daughter Alex to ride in her first parade. She was excited to wave and send holiday greetings to all those along the parade route. I will never forget how warm and welcoming Kira was to Alex. She made my daughter feel right at home and even offered some helpful tips for her parade debut. I will always appreciate Kira for this little act of kindness.

Luis Garibay
Chairman of the Board 

We are now accepting Vendor Applications for the 52nd Semi-Annual Flea Market to be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the AV Fairgrounds. This is a great time for you to clean out the storage shed and the garage!  With over 6,000 shoppers coming in through the main gates, you are sure to get rid of your unwanted items! 

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Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
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Have you ever been in a meeting and heard the speaker say something like this: "We need to, um, focus our attention, on aah, this proposal."

We often use filler words-um, aah, so, like-when we're trying to think of the next thing to say. Our brains don't like silence, so it fills in the gap with words. The problem is, these "filler words" can make us sound, um, unsure and unprepared. Especially under high-stress situations, such as an important presentation or a job interview, when our words get ahead of our thoughts. Filling in the dead air with ums and ahhs can kill your credibility and detract from your message.

"If someone is using a lot of filler words, that becomes the focus," says Katy Temple, communications coach and former Emmy award-winning sportscaster. Rather than listening to the message, the audience's focus turns to the number of "ums" or "likes" the person uses. "You've gotten away from listening to the message to walking away from the conversation thinking, 'Wow, that person says 'like' or 'um' a lot. That's the opposite of what you want, as a presenter," she says.  While some of us are aware that we use filler words, many of us would be shocked to find out how often we really use them.  Try these seven tips to eliminate filler words from your vocabulary.

The first step to reducing "ums", "aahs," and "likes" from your speech is to become aware of how often you use them. Record yourself during a phone conversation or in a meeting and analyze the recording afterwords, keeping track of how many filler words you used.  "The key is awareness," says Temple. "Once you are aware that you're using the filler words, you can start eliminating them." Once you hear yourself saying "um" and "like," you'll start to notice when you're about to use a filler word and can stop yourself before you do. So get out your phone the next time you're in a meeting or doing a presentation and record yourself.

Once you're aware you use filler words, make a conscious effort to reduce your use of them. You can practice this in your everyday conversation with a friend over lunch, or while you're on the phone with your mother. Simply remind yourself that you're going to try to get through the conversation without using filler words.

Going into a presentation or a meeting unprepared is more likely to lead you to use filler words. Get comfortable with your material and familiar with the points that you want to make. Writing them down can help to remind you. If you are clear on the points you want to make, you can stop yourself once you've made them, rather than rambling on and using a ton of filler words while you collect your thoughts.  When rehearsing your speech or presentation, it's important to practice saying it out loud. You'll become aware of where you naturally want to inject filler words and can then work on eliminating them when it comes time for your speech.

A tried-and-true program for overcoming your fears of public speaking and improving your speech skills, Toastmasters can also help you eliminate your ums, aahs, and likes. Toastmasters assigns a grammarian to each meeting whose job is to record all the filler words used by speakers. Knowing that someone is listening for these words can help you to recognize them in your speech and take steps toward eliminating them.  Surrounding yourself with good speakers is also a great way to improve your speech. "We're affected by our environment," says Temple. "If your friends, family, or colleagues are using a lot of filler words, it's easy to jump on the train."

We often use filler words because we are afraid of silence in our speech. We fear that if we stop talking, even for a microsecond, someone will think we are unsure about what we're saying or will jump in and take over the conversation. Learning the art of the pause can not only make you sound more professional, but provides you a moment to gather your thoughts and helps the listener to catch up and let what you just said sink in. A well-timed pause can help you to capture the audience's attention by creating a little suspense. When you feel a filler word coming on, substitute it with a split second of dead air. Don't be afraid of the silence.

We often use filler words because our minds aren't able to catch up with our words. While the pause is a great technique to let your mind catch up, you don't want to overuse it. Presentation skills coach Michael Souveroff  says you can supplement the pause by stressing key words in the middle of a sentence. For example, if we stress the word "tax" in this sentence: "Our clients want to talk about the tax implications of these new policies," the stress on the word gives our mind a chance to think about the words coming up next, and helps the audience to remember the key message.

It's common to fill our speech with ums and aahs when we feel nervous. There are physiological and psychological factors at play when we're put in an uncomfortable situation. To get nerves under control, take slow, deeper breaths before speaking, and avoid changing your normal physical behavior. "People often lock down their hands and will stop gesturing when they're nervous," says Souveroff. This will just create tension in your body and make you even more uncomfortable, which will only make the ums more frequent.  Whether you're in a job interview, pitching your business, or simply having a conversation with a friend, reducing the "ums" in your speech will help improve your credibility and make for a more successful meeting.

Lisa Evans, Fast Company
      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

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Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Summer Ice Cream Social 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Orientation 
Lancaster's Young Professionals Network
Summer BASH @ Bravery Brewing

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(661) 273-5311
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