Business Connection


January 2015

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Board

Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services
Josh Mann, Mojave Partners

Mark Troth, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS
Vice-Chair Secretary
Gina Rossall, Superintendent, Westside Union School District

Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Stan Turner, Edwards Federal Credit Union
Past Chairman of the Board
Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction Co.
Sandy Smith - Chief Executive Officer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Board of Directors
Chris Chapleau - American Business Machines


Sgt. Theresa Dawson - Lancaster Sheriff's Dept.


Rosemary Mann - Camille's Sidewalk Cafe


Nelson Rasse - Hispanic Multimedia Co.


Bridget Razo - Antelope Valley College


Katie Nelson - Hunter Dodge


Lynn Roth - SOL Graphix, Inc.


Dave Saltman - Passantino-Andersen


Chris Spicher - Antelope Valley Florist


Bernie Longjohn - Choices in Learning National Foundation


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 ambassador, please contact the Chamber: (661) 948-4518


Stay Tuned For The Location Of Our Next Quarterly Mega-Mixer  

 With Mega-Mixers, your opportunity to network with others is greatly increased as these mixers are large-scale and are FREE to our members!  


If you are interested in hosting a mixer at your place of business, please contact Sandy at the Lancaster Chamber office for more information:

(661) 948-4518 

Please click on the link below to visit our events calendar

Lancaster Chamber Events Calendar 




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 -12  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 (NO LONGER AVAILABLE).
  • 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



Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518 


What can the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce do to help grow YOUR business???


Membership Benefits 

  • Chamber Website
  • Monthly Business Connection E-Newsletter
  • Membership Directory
  • Membership City Map
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Super AV Expo
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers


Monthly Events 
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Members Lunch & Learn
  • 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 



Mission Statement 


To Serve the Community by Promoting, Protecting, Encouraging and Developing Local Business



New and Renewing Members




 Introducing Our Newest Members!



Hispanic MultiMedia
Rasse , Nelson


J David's Custom Clothiers

Guenther, David
24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Suite 3840
Valencia, CA 91355 


Jewish Vocational Services
Gonzales, Jennifer
1817 West Ave K, Suite 205
Lancaster, CA 93534

Rancho Raviri Almonds & Gifts
Barron, Lee
42055 50th St. West
#10 & 11
Quartz Hill, CA 93536 



Sky Jung Grant Writer
Jung, Sky



We Are Pleased to present our Renewing Members



American Medical Response

1055 West Avenue J

Lancaster, CA 93534

661 945-9310

Member Since: 1976



United Way of Greater L. A. AV Region
42283 10th Street West, Suite 103
Lancaster, CA 93534

Member Since: 1991  


Lancaster JetHawks
45116 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536

Member Since: 1995


John E Peakes Insurance Agency, Inc
568 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Member Since: 1996


Stater Brothers
1850 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535

Member Since: 1999


Stater Brothers
2845 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536

Member Since: 1999


Design for Change
1066 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535

Member Since: 2006


 Clearview Eyecare Optometry
43767 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Member Since: 2008


Westside Union School District
41914 50th Street West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536

Member Since: 2009


Antelope Valley Chevrolet
1160 Motor Lane
Lancaster, CA 93534
Member Since: 2010



Domingo's Mexican and Seafood Restaurant

1324 West Ave. I

 Lancaster, CA 93534

Member Since: 2013



 NetReit Inc. DBA Sparky's Self Storage
42654 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Member Since: 2013



2 Embarcadero Center, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94111

Member Since: 2013 





For those of you who have utilized all the wonderful features of our new website, we are confident that you have seen interest in your business grow!  We are seeing triple the traffic on our site since we rolled out the new product in late October!  It's easy for our members to use and navigate and the free marketing tools that are included are state-of-the-art!  If you have not yet had the opportunity to request optimization of your member page, upload coupons, classified ads, and member-to-member discounts, or submit your events and meetings to our community calendar, please log in to your account and take full advantage of these exciting ways to market your business on both our website and our mobile app!  If you need us to re-send your log-in information, please contact us at


 (661) 948-4518

We'd Like to Thank to our Local Restaurants for helping make our Holiday Open House a HUGE Success
Malhi's Indian Cuisine

Olives Mediterranean Café

Lemon Leaf Café

Papa Johns Pizza

Camille's Sidewalk Café

Schooners Patio Grille

Black Angus


Round Table

Boba Cove

Ranch Vista Golf Club

Sam's Club


Snacks and Drinks Provided By:

Peanut Pedaler
Alter Bandit
Rancho Raviri

In This Issue
New and Renewing Members
2014 Tax Provisions for Business
Shop And Share
Lunch & Learn
3 Website Must-Haves for 2015
The Month In Pictures
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce January Luncheon 


Are you interested in doing business with the County of Los Angeles?  Did you know that County certified Local Small Businesses are eligible for an 8% bid price preference and prompt payment on their invoices? You may be eligible for certification in the County's Local Small Business Enterprise (Local SBE) program and we just made it easier to do so by streamlining the requirements. 

Please join us for our January luncheon on Wednesday, January 14, our  guest speaker will be Gerry Plummer the Division Manager of Purchasing for Internal Services Department (ISD). ISD is the Purchasing Agent for the entire County of Los Angeles. Mr. Plummer's division is responsible for purchasing over $1B in goods and services for the County.


Gerry joined the County of Los Angeles in 1999 as a Deputy Purchasing Agent in the Medical Acquisitions Unit.  He worked in the Construction Acquisitions and General Acquisitions Units prior to his current position.

Gerry has over 20 years experience in the private industry in the areas of industry manufacturing, distribution, sales, printing and purchasing, and has held positions as Purchasing Agent, Operations Manager, and Account Manager. Gerry has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts Degree in Purchasing. 



RSVPs are strongly suggested for this event.

                    EVENT INFORMATION


Date: January 14, 2014


Time: 11:30am - 1pm


Location: J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center 43404 30th Street West, Lancaster 93536 

Chairwoman's Message



Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe it is time for a new year! What are your business resolutions for 2015? Do you have a personal one?   Like many Americans we sometimes wait until December 31st to put those resolutions in writing, and on January 31st we tear them up.   Take some time and put down 3 things that you CAN accomplish in 2015, then take each of those items and break it down to the 1-2 things you need to do daily, weekly and/or monthly in order to accomplish those goals by December 31, 2015, and by July you may be surprised how far you've come in accomplishing those goals you wrote down on January 1, 2015, who knows you might even have it accomplished.

Breaking the job down to accomplishable items vs grand goals with no idea how to reach them, can change your perspective.   We're doing that at the chamber, as we transitioned to new leadership at the chamber in 2013 we found that some things that had been done by committees previously had been lost, and now the staff was having things dumped on them that volunteers had done in the past.

One of the things that I took on as my goal for this chamber year was to re-establish committees. The board and I discussed this and we implemented a new Marketing committee to help our members market themselves and the chamber locally.   Katie Nelson and Nelson Rasse took on this challenge and they and their committee have come up with some great ideas including new ways to market you and your business in the Lancaster Chamber office - have you seen the new marketing wall? If not come in and check it out.

There are great new ways to market your business at the chamber, not sure how to take advantage of these opportunities, please call our CEO Sandy Smith today and she will be happy to assist you in opening up new marketing avenues in 2015.

Do you have an idea about where the chamber could do something better? Let us know, you can go to our Facebook page: and message the chamber or call me at (661) 466-6849. No idea is too big or too small - all change comes from an idea.

I am looking forward to an Amazing 2015, and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.



Have you taken the time to check out your Facebook Business Page or other Social Media sites? These pages need your TLC, they need to be updated whether it be daily, weekly or bi-weekly. But to be engaging, you need to touch them periodically. With Facebook you have the ability to pre-post and have the post become live to your followers on a specific date and time. Set aside a time during the week, where you can spend 15-25 minutes to set up some pre-planned posts either weekly or monthly to give your social media page some activity to draw in new followers.



Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe  

2014 Tax Provisions for Businesses

Courtesy of Cobb Doerfler & Associates, CPA    Accountants and      Tax Preparers    

2014 Tax Provisions for Businesses

Whether you file as a corporation or sole proprietor here's what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2014.


Standard Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rates in 2014 are as follows: 56 cents per business mile driven, 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.


Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses
Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit as long as they employ fewer than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers and average annual wages do not exceed $51,000 (adjusted for inflation).

Starting in 2014, the tax credit is worth up to 50 percent of your contribution toward employees' premium costs (up to 35 percent for tax-exempt employers). For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit was 35 percent for small business employers and 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers such as charities.


Section 179 Expensing

UPDATE: 19 December 2014

An extension for increased limitations for Section 179 expensing along with an extension of the bonus depreciation was included in HR 5771, Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which was passed by Congress on December 16, 2014. The bill is currently awaiting Pres. Obama's signature.

Pending the President's signature, in 2014 the maximum Section 179 expense deduction for equipment purchases up to $500,000 of the first $2,000,000 of certain business property placed in service during the year. In addition, there is a bonus depreciation of 50 percent for qualified property that exceeds the threshold amount. Please call us if you have any questions about Section 179 expensing and the bonus depreciation.

Without the passage of HR 5771, the maximum Section 179 expense deduction for equipment purchases is $25,000 of the first $200,000 of certain business property placed in service during the year and the bonus depreciation of 50 percent for qualified property that exceeds the threshold amount is no longer available.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)  

UPDATE: 19 December 2014

An extension for the WOTC was included in HR 5771, Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which was passed by Congress on December 16, 2014. The bill is currently awaiting Pres. Obama's signature.

The WOTC expired at the end of 2013, but pending the President's signature, the WOTC is extended through 2014 (retroactive to January 1) and includes the enhanced credit for hiring certain veterans. When a business hires a person from one of several specific economically disadvantaged groups it may claim a Work Opportunity Tax Credit, generally equal to 40 percent of the first $6,000 in wages paid to a new hire. Please call us if you have any questions about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.


SIMPLE IRA Plan Contributions
Contribution limits for SIMPLE IRA plans remain at $12,000 for persons under age 50 and $14,500 for persons age 50 or older in 2014. The maximum compensation used to determine contributions increased to $260,000.

Please contact us if you need help understanding which deductions and tax credits you are entitled to. We are always available to assist you.




  New Location!

      Join us for business, stay for breakfast!



               7:00 a.m. Thursday, January 22nd, 2014


Event Location


Domingo's Restaurant

1324 W. Avenue I, Lancaster, CA  93534

 Sponsored by:

Paychex, Inc. 

(661) 979-6811


*Please note - If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced for $12.00







 City of Lancaster Seeks Sponsors for its Eighth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Lancaster, CA. December 17, 2014 - The City of Lancaster has received a heart-warming number of project applications for the upcoming eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This year's projects offer opportunities to plant trees, paint fences, serve food to the homeless, donate blood, improve school environments, build a community garden, and much more. The City of Lancaster is seeking sponsors to help support resource needs for these projects.

The City's Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service has become so popular among Antelope Valley residents that the events have spread into the weeks surrounding the MLK holiday weekend.The Day of Service will be officially hosted the Saturday before the national holiday, January 17, 2015. However, projects will span the entire week before and after the formal day of service.

In the City's efforts to complete as many of these projects as possible, numerous sponsorship opportunities have been made available to businesses and individuals with a heart for community improvement. A sponsor's financial commitment directly offsets the costs required to supply equipment and resources to each project. The City also welcomes in-kind sponsors who provide donations such as paint, wood and gardening tools; as well as bottles of water and healthy snacks for volunteers.

Sponsors for the 2014 MLK Day of Service included Alias Active Lifestyles, Blanca Ortiz Insurance Agency, Costco Wholesale, The Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Telesis Collision Center, Valley Auto Center, and Youth Service America (YSA).

For more information about the 2015 MLK Day of Service, please visit For information regarding becoming a sponsor, please contact the Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at (661) 723-6077 or email


         Promote YOUR business FREE of Charge
  FREE Chamber Radio 
Talk Show
 "Minding Your Business"
    Saturday, 12-1pm
 Call Anna Zarley: (661) 948-4518

Lunch & Learn

with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce




We invite our members to join us for our monthly Lunch and Learn sessions!  Held on the last Friday of each month at noon in the Lancaster Chamber boardroom, these informative sessions are FREE for members. 


Each month, we offer one-hour courses that are designed to give you, the business owner or manager, additional tools designed to improve the way you do business.  The sessions are facilitated by chamber members who are experts in their given fields and who are willing to share their "secrets of success" with you!


Stay tuned for January's Lunch and Learn announcement coming your way very soon.  Don't forget to bring your lunch!



Tips From SCORE:

3 Website Must-Haves for 2015

3 Website Must-Haves for 2015


What's on your New Year's resolution list? If one of your business objectives for 2015 is to give your website a much-needed makeover, you'll want to make sure it has the important features customers are looking for.

To keep customers from clicking over to your competitor, make sure you offer these three features:

  1. Responsive design: What does your website look like on a smartphone or tablet? Research shows that 57 percent of mobile users will abandon your website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. How much of your homepage does the viewer see on various smartphones? Are buttons easily clickable? Have you Web designer go over your site to make sure each page loads quickly and that the mobile design is simple enough. Wondering if a mobile-friendly website is really all that important? In a 2014 mobile behavior report from Salesforce, 85 percent of respondents say mobile devices are a central part of everyday life
  2. Shareable content: If you're still waiting for your business to benefit from the viral nature of social media, maybe you're not giving your customers anything worthy to share with their friends (and fellow shoppers). Make sure your content is useful, entertaining and visually enticing. Did you know online video now accounts for 50 percent of all mobile traffic? When embedding video, make sure it's easily viewed on a mobile device.
  3. Clear contacts: Don't forget your contact information! There's nothing more frustrating to a customer with a question then having to hunt down your business's contact information on your website. Customers doing some research may not mind filling out a form, sending in an email and waiting for a response. But if you've got a customer ready to buy who just needs a quick question answered, you'd better have a phone number or online chat form easily available so they can talk right away. 



The Month In Pictures



Arrow Appliance

Ribbon Cutting

Lora Motes Prize Winner


Business 4 Breakfast

Best Commercial Winner

Holiday Open House

 Lancaster Chamber


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Holiday Parade 2014




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Holiday Parade 2014



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Holiday Parade 2014



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Holiday Parade 2014



Lancaster Chamber

Holiday Parade 2014