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

Business Connection


April  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

Charles Hoey, Charles Hoey & Associates

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Elizabeth Diachun, AV College

Shandra Goben, TownePlace Suites

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Barry White, Carpeteria

Heather Massari, VINSA Insurance

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!

AAMCO Transmissions
Gary Loucks
44135 N Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-0800

Barbara Conway
Individual Member
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-0116

Becoming Badass
Ashley Seeger
1101 West Avenue M, Ste C
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 609-4096

Dr. Nikta Andalib, DC
Nikta Andalib
1020 E Palmdale Blvd, Ste 101-C
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 266-1611

Element Palmdale
Mauricio Flores
39325 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 224-1200

Girl Scouts 
Lancaster Service Unit
Sara Vega-Junge
Lancaster, CA 93534

Claudia Rodriguez
43747 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA 93534
(559) 347-4832

Katz Zumba Studio 
Katya Zavala
510 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-5045

Lancaster Lions Club
Sharon Molnar 
554 West Lancaster Blvd 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 916-2003

Mary Lorraine Montgomery 
Individual Member
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 946-7005

Preferred Window Tinting, Inc 
Susan Sellon
1101 West Avenue M, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1055

Re/Max All Pro
Lisa L Brimm
43882 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(714) 914-0606

Roses In Your Hands Agency
Rosa Caloma
Lancaster, CA 93536
(323) 712-1592

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

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Michelle Jaggers
3520 East Avenue M, 4T00/4B
Palmdael, CA 93550
(661) 540-0339
Member Since: 1987

Waste Management
Sandra Pursley
1200 West City Ranch Road
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-7197
Member Since: 1987

Town House Motel 
44125 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1195
Member Since: 1986

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

Coldwell Banker 
Commercial Valley Realty
42402 10th Street West, Ste E
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-2644
Member Since: 1993

Fourr, Alden, & Associates, LLP
44288 Lowtree Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8602
Member Since: 1989

Antelope Valley Mall
1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Ste 900
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-9150
Member Since: 1991

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

Cedar Town Square  
44942 Cedar Avenue, Ste 110
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-2571
Member Since: 1993

All American Financial Services
530 Commerce Avenue, Ste B
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 949-6681
Member Since: 1994

Guaranty California
Services, Walter Mortensen
1113 West Avenue M, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 948-1003
Member Since: 1994

Forris Crow
Ambassador, Lancaster Chamber 
Lancaster CA 93536
(661) 948-2983
Member Since: 1996

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

Sol Print Solutions
42257 6th Street West, Ste 306
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 273-7313
Member Since: 2006

Extra Space Storage
1722 West Avenue J-8
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 951-9788
Member Since: 2008

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

Sim Sanitation
PO Box 2418 
Tehachapi, CA 93581
(661) 823-8442
Member Since: 2010

KGG Electric, Inc
PO Box 3241
Quartz Hill, CA 93586
(661) 943-5616
Member Since: 2011

Love & Grace 
Christian Fellowship Church 
2052 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-2584
Member Since: 2012

Melchers Properties
PO Box 1486
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 810-0782
Member Since: 2012

AV Chiropractic Health
44820 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-6302
Member Since: 2013

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

Famous Daves
1205 W Rancho Vista Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 225-9616
Member Since: 2014

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

TownePlace Suites 
Michelle Manning
2024 West Avenue J-8
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 723-6709
Member Since: 2014

Brit O Smith, MD
44847 10th Street West, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4523
Member Since: 2006

Charter College
43141 Business Center Parkway
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 341-3500
Member Since: 2015

Clean Smile Dental
44820 10th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1181
Member Since: 2015

Damsel In Defense 
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 718-1002
Member Since: 2015

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

Cycles of Change Recovery
36451 El Camino Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(818) 489-3779
Member Since: 2016

Lancaster Choice Energy 
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-6084
Member Since: 2016

PMD Pharmacy
44469 10th Street West, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(714) 548-1749
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 amba ssador, please contact the Chamber: 
(661) 948 -451 8


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
April 2017

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening 
Becoming Badass Training Center 
11:00 am -12: 00 pm
1101 West Avenue M, Ste C
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
626 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting/New Businesses 
Sol Plaza Boutique Mall
11:30 am 
1140 Commerce Center Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534

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
11:15 am- 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting / Open House 
Charter College
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
43141 Business Center Parkway, Ste 108
Lancaster, CA 93534

Miss Lancaster Pageant
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lancaster High School
44701 32nd St West
Lancaster, CA 93536

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

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Corp Meeting
12 Noon
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

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening 
TitleMax of Palmdale 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
473 East Palmdale Blvd 
Palmdale, CA 93551

Ribbon Cutting /Grand Opening
Cricket Wireless
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2021 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534

For Job Seekers:

Use the resources below to connect with area resources that can help you with job placement.   Also, use the  Chamber's membership directory  to target specific industries.

For Employers:

Tell us about your job openings! 
Chamber members are encouraged to share their job postings with Chamber staff - email a job description to


The Chamber is always accepting resumes for interns. Projects may vary based on skill set. If you are seeking an internship for experience or college credit, contact us to see if we may be the right fit for you.  Email your resume to

Member Job Openings

 Contact  Liz Montano for more information.  661-492-4234



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

Chairwoman's Message 

Greetings Members,

What a terrific mix of Antelope Valley weather we have had since the beginning of spring. Beautiful sunny days, followed by very windy and raining days, just like always this time of year.  In addition, have you seen the beautiful display of unique wildflowers throughout our area?  Locals and visitors alike are enjoying the spectacle that happens just once a year (sometimes better than others), and are sure to be dropping by some of our local businesses while they are here.  I personally enjoyed the beautiful flowers on a recent trip toward the Poppy Reserve.  Speaking of poppies, do not miss the City of Lancaster's upcoming Poppy Festival scheduled for April 22nd and 23rd.

Please plan to attend our monthly luncheon on April the 12th.  We are scheduled to hear about the State of our City at this meeting which is always an interesting and reflective look at where our City has been and where it is going in the future.  As local businesses, the health and creativity of our City is an important aspect for each of us.  I hope to see you there.

Congratulations to Sandy Smith, our former Chamber CEO, on her selection as the Athena Award recipient for 2017.  Sandy was an innovative leader in her work with the Chamber who took a chance on starting her own business (Rocket Fizz) and has continued to give back to her community.  We are all very proud of you, Sandy.

Gene Melchers and Monica Grado are working with the Nominations Committee to gather our slate of officers for the coming year.  Please keep an eye out for your ballot to arrive in the mail soon. Cast your vote and mail your ballot back in a timely manner; we appreciate having input about who will lead the Chamber next.
The Semi Annual Flea Market is rapidly approaching! To make this a success, we need Chamber members to work throughout the day, helping to make the experience positive for all of our visitors.  Thanks to Anna who is coordinating this activity and always does her best to make it a positive day for all.

Have you taken out your ad for upcoming Membership Directory?  If you haven't had time to do so, please contact the Chamber Office to get information about the program, the cost, and the deadlines.  We are very excited to try a different approach to our Directory this year, and you'll want to be a part of it.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming Installation of Officers event on June 16th.  We will look forward to seeing everyone there.

Thanks again for all you do to build a better Chamber.  It couldn't be done without the special participation of all of you and your fabulous staff. 

Happy spring!

Regina Rossall
Chairwoman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon

State of the City Address 
 Mayor R Rex Parris 

April 12, 2017
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th St West
Lancaster, CA 93536

Register and pay online to be entered to win a business card sized ad in our next newsletter!

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!

Semi-Annual Flea Market & 
Shop Local Showcase  

It's that time again! The Lancaster Chamber's 51st Semi-Annual Flea Market will be held on
Sunday May 7, 2017!

Early Bird Admission : 7:00 am - 8:45 am is only $8.00
General Admission: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm is only $6.00
Kids 9 and under FREE
Parking : $5.00

Held in conjunction with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Semi-Annual Flea Market, the Shop Local Showcase takes place once per year in the Van Dam building at the AV Fairgrounds.

This year, in the showcase (Van Dam) building, we will be giving away a 50" flat-screen  television (no purchase necessary). Be sure to get your passport at the front gate. You will need to get it stamped by our sponsors to be eligible to win!

You don't want to miss out on the Antelope Valley's largest Flea Market and Shop Local Showcase!

Vendor Information:

Volunteer Opportunities:
Please contact Anna at the Chamber office to let her know how you can help! Ticket taker and ticket seller positions available. Please call 661-948-4518 or email for more information. 


A Message from 
Congressman Steve Knight 

I represent California's 25th Congressional District, which encompasses the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys as well as part of Los Angeles. In the House of Representatives I serve on three legislative committees, each with a tie to our community. I sit on House Armed Services Committee, which is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces; House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development; and House Small Business Committee, which has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs. I serve as Vice-Chair of the Science, Space, & Technology Subcommittee on Energy and as Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce.
The House Armed Services Committee is in the early phases of developing this year's National Defense Authorization Act, an annual measure that authorizes expenditures for U.S. defense operations. In order to prepare, my colleagues and I are gathering testimony regarding the state of the U.S. military and the challenges it faces around the globe. I plan to build on the successes of NDAAs in the previous Congress, which included pay raises for the troops, reforms to the defense acquisition process to make it more cost-effective and accessible to small businesses, and the creation of a portable Thrift Savings Plan for service members.
My priority as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is to explore issues and solutions to increase opportunities for small businesses to compete fairly and thrive. In March, I introduced the Women's Business Centers Improvements Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that would grow the Small Business Administration's Women's Business Center program to expand the guidance and support for the female entrepreneurs it currently serves. It is evident that small businesses are a critical component of our local and national economy and that is why I will continue to increase fairness in federal contracting for our small businesses to compete and flourish. 
If you are a current or prospective entrepreneur and you have questions or concerns about how the federal government can help your small business, visit my website at or send us an email. 


We are happy to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in business-to-business marketing, for the 2017-18 Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Directory. We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you. Please expect a call from the advertising sales team at Lunar Cow. They have been working closely with us to study the area, our markets and the best rates and opportunities for our members. 


  * 5,000 copies of the directory will be distributed throughout the area in the best locations to reach customers. 
* Your ad reaches a highly targeted and interested market that is looking to spend money at businesses just like yours. This directory, with your ad, will be available for a year or longer, giving your advertisement high visibility. 
* In addition, you will also be included in the GoGuideĀ®; this is an interactive online version of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Directory and available to businesses, community members and visitors across the globe.
 * The online version of your ad in the GoGuideĀ® will be linked to your website, giving readers "one click" access to your business.

 Please find the 2017-18 ad rates, which detail your options for participation. If you have any questions or wish to participate as an advertiser in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Directory, please do not hesitate to contact Ed Asper at Lunar Cow Publishing at
 800-594-9620 x 31, or myself at 661-948-4518. 

Learn more on how you can take advantage of this great opportunity to promote your business. We are very excited about the new Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Directory and are looking forward to your participation. We look forward to seeing you in the next issue of our directory.

Warmest regards,

Mark Hemstreet 
CEO Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
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 
Labor Law Updates

New Criminal Background Regulations Coming July 1

Employers will have additional burdens under the new criminal background regulations.

Today, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved  new regulations relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State's office and are effective on July 1, 2017. Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.

As  previously reported, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed these criminal history regulations last year.

In addition to reiterating existing prohibitions on the use of criminal history information in California, the regulations require employers to demonstrate that any criminal history information sought is job-related and consistent with a business necessity.

Employers can demonstrate that the consideration of criminal history information is appropriately tailored to the job in one of two ways:
  • Employers may conduct an individualized assessment of the circumstances and qualifications of applicants/employees excluded by the conviction screen. Before taking an adverse employment action, such as refusal to hire, the employer must give the individual notice of the disqualifying conviction and a reasonable opportunity for the individual to respond and demonstrate that the criminal history exclusion should not apply to his/her particular circumstances. The employer must consider this information and determine whether an exception is warranted.
  • An employer may demonstrate that its "bright-line" conviction disqualification policy (one that doesn't contain an individualized assessment of the facts) properly distinguishes between applicants and employees that do and do not pose an unacceptable level of risk and that the conviction being used has a direct and specific negative bearing on the applicant/employee's ability to perform the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the position.
Any bright-line rule that includes conviction-related information that is seven or more years old will be presumed to not be sufficiently tailored to meet a job-related/consistent with business necessity defense. The burden will be on the employer to rebut this presumption.

Regardless of whether an employer uses a bright-line policy or conducts an individual assessment, if the employer gets the criminal information from a source other than the applicant or employee (such as through a third-party background check), the employer must provide the individual with notice and the ability to challenge the factual accuracy of the information. This notice must be provided before any adverse action can be taken.

Even if the employer can show that a criminal history inquiry is job-related/consistent with business necessity, an individual can still bring a discrimination claim if he/she can show that there is a less discriminatory and more effective alternative means of achieving the business necessity.

The California Chamber of Commerce  asked the OAL to reject the regulations on numerous grounds.
In addition to these new regulations, the California legislature has introduced legislation (AB 1008) that addresses the use of prior criminal history information in employment decisions.


   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, April 27, 2017

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast Sponsor:

Antelope Valley Boy Scouts of America
Jim Webb

 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 that gets handed out to all attendees.

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


Ribbon Cutting 
One Step Ahead Detective Agency 
1033 W Ave J, Suite E, Lancaster
(661) 802-4372
Lancaster Chamber Membership Luncheon
Public Private Partnership

Business-4-Brealfast "Table Sponsor"

Royal Family Kids (661) 948-5677

"Best Commercial Winner"
GO-OG Hard Surface Cleaning and Restoration (661) 902-8897
 Ribbon Cutting 
Children's Way Foster Family/Adoption   38345 30th Street East, Ste D-2, Palmdale
(661) 265-1100
New Ownership / Ribbon Cutting
AAMCO Transmissions
44135 N Division Street, Lancaster 
(661) 945-0800
Lancaster Chamber Membership Luncheon
Saying goodbye to our 
2016 Miss Lancaster , Madeline Shaver and 2016 Miss Eastside, Haley Manchan 
Office Depot National Chamber Program