Business Connection


June 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
Luis Garibay - City of Lancaster


Sgt. Theresa Dawson - Lancaster Sheriff's Dept.


Rosemary Mann - Camille's Sidewalk Cafe


Terry Roth - Joshua Memorial Park


Bridget Razo - Antelope Valley College


Katie Nelson - Hunter Dodge


Lynn Roth - SOL Graphix, Inc.


Dave Saltman - Antelope Valley Press


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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
June 2015

Cutting/ Grand Opening Charter College/Trans Western Truck Driving School
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Trans Western Truck Driving School
45761 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535

Lancaster Chamber Membership Luncheon 
State of the Chamber 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hellenic Center 
43404 30th Street West  
Lancaster, CA 93535

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Finance & Executive Committee Meeting
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting
7:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 113th Installation Banquet/Speakeasy Soiree
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
University of Antelope Valley
44055 N. Sierra Hwy 
Lancaster, CA 93534


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!



Bella Homes Realty & Manufactured

Teresa Micka

42156 10th Street West #204
Lancaster, CA 93534 

(661) 272-0444 

[email protected]


Collin's Computer Services

Mueller, Collin

(866) 405-0333 

[email protected]


Global Citizen Kids

Trina Smith

44832 Cedar Avenue 

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 723-3834 

[email protected]



ProMed Spine

Todd Gravori

23823 Valencia Blvd. #150

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

(818) 390-9100    

[email protected]



Steven Benson


[email protected]

Ventura Graphix

Jorge Ventura

830 West Avenue L

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 412-2737

[email protected]


We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members



Town House Motel 

44125 Sierra Hwy 

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 942-1195

Member Since: 1986 


Antelope Express/AV Fly Away  

332 West Ave. S, Suite A

Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-2529

Member Since: 1987 



Granite Construction Company

213 East Avenue M

Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 726-4447

Member Since: 1987




World One Communications

43759 15th Street West, #243

Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 943-6495

Member Since: 1990



Antelope Valley Mall 

1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Suite 900

Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-9150

Member Since: 1991



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


Cedar Town Square 

44942 Cedar Ave, Suite 110

Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-2571

Member Since: 1993



Lancaster Marketplace

44950 Valley Central Way, Suite 1-105

Lancaster, CA 93536

(661) 942-7897

Member Since: 1994


A V Union High School District

44811 Sierra Highway

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 948-7655

Member Since: 1994



 Western Pacific Roofing Corp

2229 East Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 273-1336

Member Since: 1998



California State University Bakersfield, AV
43909 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 952-5126
Member Since: 1999

Charles Hoey and Associates
43759 15th Street West, #243
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-3222
Member Since: 1999

Gordon Elder, DC
44901 10th Street West, Suite A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-9333
Member Since: 2000

Gilbert Snow DDS, Orthodontist 
161 East Ave J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-2771
Member Since: 2001

Office Depot Business Services Division
100 North First Street, Suite 200
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 557-1700
Member Since: 2002


Davis Tax Service
(661) 943-4183

Member Since: 2002



Adelman Radio Broadcasting, 104.9,100.9, 103.9, 877.7

4210 50th Street West

Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 718-1552

Member Since: 2004



Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism

4083 West Ave L, Suite 344

Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 946-1234

Member Since: 2012



AV Chiropractic Health Care 
44820 10th Street West 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-6302

Member Since: 2013


 Care 1st Health Plan

601 Potrero Grande Dr.
Montery Park, CA 91755
(323) 889-6638

Member Since: 2013




(661) 361-4745

Member Since:2013



Farmers/Jack Gilliam Insurance Agency

44504 10th St West
Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 949-0241

Member Since: 2013


After Hours Lock and Key 
(310) 930-2556

Member Since: 2014



The Peanut Pedaler

(661) 916-2506

Member Since: 2014


Lancaster Optometry

516 W. Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-6262

Member Since: 2014





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


In This Issue
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon 

The State
of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Please join us for our monthly luncheon on June 10th, where our incoming Chairman of the Board, Josh Mann, will be presenting our 2015 State of the Lancaster Chamber.


We are extremely excited to share with you, our members, the strides we have made over the past year.  Increased membership, great community partnerships,  and a huge growth in our education foundation activities (including an extremely successful Young Entrepreneurs Academy) are just a few of the accomplishments that have continued to put us "on the map" as a strong, vital, and relevant business organization.


Please come join us as we share more detailed information about each of these activities and also how we will continue to diversify opportunities in the future with the goal to support our members and our community in a meaningful and tangible manner.   


The Lancaster Chamber Board of Directors and staff are extremely proud of our efforts during fiscal year 2014/15, and we cannot wait for you, our members, to feel the same pride!


RSVPs are strongly suggested for this event.

                    EVENT INFORMATION


Date: June 10th, 2015


Time: 11:30am - 1pm


Location: Hellenic Center

      43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
Chairwoman's Message



It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I became the Chairwoman of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.  So much has occurred over the past 12 months.  Here are a few highlights:


-Quarterly Mixers at the Antelope Valley Fair, AAMCO, AV Harley Davidson, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott


-Our monthly Business 4 Breakfast relocated to Domingo's Mexican Restaurant where we can now enjoy all the traditional breakfast fare along with enchiladas and chorizo!


-We sponsored the Antelope Valley Fair parade and the Lancaster Christmas parade/band review.


-Our Ambassador Corps doubled in size, and we're getting ready to start a new class this summer - who do you know that would like to become an ambassador and represent the Lancaster Chamber at events and ribbon cuttings?


We tightened our belt fiscally, and the chamber has lived within its means while also managing  to put some monies aside for the proverbial  "rainy day".


We gave out 12 scholarships to deserving high school seniors from the Antelope Valley, and our biggest achievement was the implementation of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.  We had 21 middle school complete a 30 week course at Antelope Valley College, start their own businesses, and graduate in May.    I wanted to say thank you to some key people-- Ann Hill, 2013-14 Chairwoman of the Chamber Board who learned about YEA (and was kind enough to deliver the information to our new CEO Sandy Smith).    Thank you, Sandy, for all that you did--the funds you raised, the doors you've opened, and the opportunity you gave me to work with you this year.


I look forward to the future as we get ready to install Josh Mann as our new Chairman on Friday,  June 26th at the University of Antelope Valley.  Make sure to purchase your tickets soon so you can join us at our Speakeasy Soiree ... costumes are not required, but highly encouraged.


Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your Chairwoman for 2014-15 and I look forward to seeing you in the near future at one of our many networking functions .


NETWORKING TIP for June:   Networking takes practice.   Every month the chamber hosts a luncheon and a Business 4 Breakfast.  You cannot attend every event - I encourage you to put 1 event each month on your calendar and make it a priority to attend.   Write down on a 3 x 5 card the 2 things you want to accomplish at that event.  It could be an introduction to a specific individual or business that will help you grow your business.   Maybe you're looking to find a venue for an event, someone at the event may know that special place for your event.  Go to each event with a purpose, and make a promise to yourself not to leave until you've accomplished your goal.   After the event, send a handwritten note to the person who helped you accomplish your goal, this is especially important if that person did not know that they had even helped you.   Always be genuine, and let others know you care. 


Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe  
 Click here for additional info

Turn Your Vacation into a Tax Deduction
Courtesy of Cobb Doerfler & Associates, CPA Accountants and 
Tax Preparers    


Tim, who owns his own business, decided he wanted to take a two-week trip around the US. So he did--and was able to legally deduct every dime that he spent on his vacation. Here's how he did it.

 1. Make all your business appointments before you leave for your trip.

Most people believe that they can go on vacation and simply hand out their business cards in order to make the trip deductible.


You must have at least one business appointment before you leave in order to establish the "prior set business purpose" required by the IRS. Keeping this in mind, before he left for his trip, Tim set up appointments with business colleagues in the various cities that he planned to visit.

 Let's say Tim is a manufacturer of green office products and is looking to expand his business and distribute more of his products. One possible way to establish business contacts--if he doesn't already have them--is to place advertisements looking for distributors in newspapers in each location he plans to visit. He could then interview those who respond when he gets to the business destination.

Example: Tim wants to vacation in Hawaii. If he places several advertisements for distributors, or contacts some of his downline distributors to perform a presentation, then the IRS would accept his trip for business.

Tip: It would be vital for Tim to document this business purpose by keeping a copy of the advertisement and all correspondence along with noting what appointments he will have in his diary.

2. Make Sure your Trip is All "Business Travel."

In order to deduct all of your on-the-road business expenses, you must be traveling on business. The IRS states that travel expenses are 100 percent deductible as long as your trip is business related and you are traveling away from your regular place of business longer than an ordinary day's work and you need to sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home.

Example: Tim wanted to go to a regional meeting in Boston, which is only a one-hour drive from his home. If he were to sleep in the hotel where the meeting will be held (in order to avoid possible automobile and traffic problems), his overnight stay qualifies as business travel in the eyes of the IRS.

Tip: Remember: You don't need to live far away to be on business travel. If you have a good reason for sleeping at your destination, you could live a couple of miles away and still be on travel status.

3. Be sure to deduct all of your on-the-road-expenses for each day you're away.

For every day you are on business travel, you can deduct 100 percent of lodging, tips, car rentals, and 50 percent of your food. Tim spends three days meeting with potential distributors. If he spends $50 a day for food, he can deduct 50 percent of this amount, or $25.

Tip: The IRS doesn't require receipts for travel expense under $75 per expense--except for lodging.

Example: If Tim pays $6 for drinks on the plane, $6.95 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $50 for dinner, he does not need receipts for anything since each item was under $75.

Tip: He would, however, need to document these items in your diary. A good tax diary is essential in order to audit-proof your records. Adequate documentation includes amount, date, place of meeting, and business reason for the expense.

Example: If, however, Tim stays in the Bates Motel and spends $22 on lodging, will he need a receipt? The answer is yes. You need receipts for all paid lodging.

Tip: Not only are your on-the-road expenses deductible from your trip, but also all laundry, shoe shines, manicures, and dry-cleaning costs for clothes worn on the trip. Thus, your first dry cleaning bill that you incur when you get home will be fully deductible. Make sure that you keep the dry cleaning receipt and have your clothing dry cleaned within a day or two of getting home.

4. Sandwich weekends between business days.

If you have a business day on Friday and another one on Monday, you can deduct all on-the-road expenses during the weekend.

Example: Tim makes business appointments in Florida on Friday and one on the following Monday. Even though he has no business on Saturday and Sunday, he may deduct on-the-road business expenses incurred during the weekend.

5. Make the majority of your trip days count as business days.

The IRS says that you can deduct transportation expenses if business is the primary purpose of the trip. A majority of days in the trip must be for business activities; otherwise, you cannot make any transportation deductions.

Example: Tim spends six days in San Diego. He leaves early on Thursday morning. He had a seminar on Friday and meets with distributors on Monday and flies home on Tuesday, taking the last flight of the day home after playing a complete round of golf. How many days are considered business days?

All of them. Thursday is a business day since it includes traveling - even if the rest of the day is spent at the beach. Friday is a business day because he had a seminar. Monday is a business day because he met with prospects and distributors in pre-arranged appointments. Saturday and Sunday are sandwiched between business days, so they count, and Tuesday is a travel day.

Since Tim accrued six business days, he could spend another five days having fun and still deduct all his transportation to San Diego. The reason is that the majority of the days were business days (six out of eleven). However, he can only deduct six days' worth of lodging, dry cleaning, shoe shines, and tips. The important point is that Tim would be spending money on lodging, airfare, and food, but now most of his expenses will become deductible.

To make sure that you can legally deduct your vacation when you combine it with business, call the office before you plan your trip.


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      Join us for business, stay for breakfast!


                7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. Thursday, June 25th, 2015


Event Location

Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534


 Sponsored by:

Reiki Healing, Kira Wagner

(661) 450-8460



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



Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation to Host Fifth Annual Gala Fundraiser

Lancaster, CA. May 14, 2015 - The Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Foundation will host City Slickers, its 5th Annual Gala and Grand Auction on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. This signature fundraiser provides support to arts education in the Antelope Valley.

Charismatic country-recording artist Brent Payne will provide the evening's entertainment, while mouthwatering ranch-style fare with complimentary beverages and spirits are served. Guests will have the opportunity to unleash their inner cowboy/cowgirl by trying a hand at lassoing a steer. More reserved patrons may choose to simply relax under the evening stars.

This year's auction will feature more than 25 fabulous packages, some of which offer trips to places such as Nashville, New York City, New Orleans, Costa Rica, Cozumel, and New England. Additional auction items will include: a once-in-a-lifetime western ranch experience; VIP sports packages; a VIP Antelope Valley Fair bundle; the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix VIP Experience for ten; a premium advertising package; and BLVD Dining & Entertainment certificates, as well as various local goods and services.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the LPAC Foundation, which provides support for educational programming, school outreaches, bus funding, and ticket scholarships for school performances at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. These funds are also used for facility enhancements.

Students throughout the Antelope Valley are greatly impacted by the Center's Arts for Youth program each year. With budget cuts affecting so many schools, the Foundation recognizes the ongoing need to fund these experiences for students, who may not otherwise be afforded exposure to live theatre. The Foundation continues to ask for the community's assistance in fulfilling their commitment to expanding arts education, while also maintaining the LPAC venue, which is the cultural arts cornerstone of the Antelope Valley.

Tickets for City Slickers are $100 per person and may be purchased online at, in person at the LPAC Box Office, 750 West Lancaster BLVD, or by phone at (661) 723-5950.

For more information regarding the Gala, as well as an updated list of auction items and sponsors, please visit or contact Teri Lamping at (661) 723-6096 or [email protected]


         Promote YOUR business FREE of Charge
  FREE Chamber Radio 
Talk Show
 "Minding Your Business"
    Saturday, 12-1pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

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. 

Small Businesses Can Clean Up Through Spring Cleaning



To stand out and inspire them to engage with you, you'll need to "spring clean" your marketing efforts. Ideally, you'll want to do this from the inside out by first analyzing your email and social media campaign results.

Let's start with email. In reviewing the last three to six months, take a closer look at which articles were most popular in terms of being clicked on, forwarded and shared on social media. While you're looking at your results, take the time to clean up your contacts list. Clear out the duplicates and bounced addresses and add the names from that stack of business cards you've been collecting.

From a social media perspective, take advantage of Facebook Insights to better understand the demographics of people on your page and their interactions. Similarly, Twitter Analytics measures engagement and gives you insight into the effectiveness of your tweets.

Along with analyzing how your customers respond and react, you'll also want their direct feedback by issuing a survey. Be brief yet specific to learn what works and what you can improve.

Lastly, look at what your customers 

aren't  saying or doing. Which content and offers are they bypassing? Are they referring their friends to your business? Also, when it comes to their online engagement, what are they talking about in general and what specifically are they saying about your business?

Based on this insight, you're ready to spruce up your marketing campaigns through the following actions:

  • Refresh the look of your newsletter. Explore different templates and brainstorm new column topics, content ideas and images.
  • Update your online presence including background images, the description of your business, and making sure you have complete profiles online so you're more easily found.
  • Launch a personalized campaign targeting your most active customers. It should reflect your fresh insights as well as their particular interests. The more customized the content and offer is, the more likely they are to respond and share it with their friends.

When you take the time for spring cleaning, you'll spot trends that inspire new ideas and you'll be able to proactively respond to potential issues. This leads to more engagement and enables you to stand out among the competition.


The Month In Pictures



Hot Rod Dogz

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

Hot Rod Dogz

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening


Work Ethics Scholarship Luncheon 

Award Presentation


Work Ethics Scholarship Luncheon 

Award Presentation


Work Ethics Scholarship Awards Presenter 

Ed Knudson, President of AVC  

Dickinson Graham Capital Management 

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

Career Care Institute Mobile Unit 

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening  

TownePlace Suites Marriott 

Quarterly Mega-Mixer