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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 2015

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Board

                    
Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Mojave Partners
 
Chair-Elect
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District

Treasurer
Mark Troth, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS
 
Vice-Chair
Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Vice-Chair
Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Vice-Chair Secretary
Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Past Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services 
 
Ex-Officio
Sandy Smith - Chief Executive Officer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
  
Board of Directors
Theresa Dawson, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Stan Turner, Edwards Federal Credit Union

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Calli Jaqua, Jaqua & Sons

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley College 

New and Renewing Members

September

 

 Introducing Our Newest Members! 

 

Beltone Hearing Aid Center
Craig Culver
753 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4573
vculver208@aol.com

Greenhouse Cafe
Patricia Sandoval
1169 Commerce Center Drive
Lancaster, CA 9354
(661) 726-4962
avgreenhousecafes@gmail.com

JNR Home Improvements
Jeromie Roberts
39450 3rd Street East, Ste 127
Palmdale, CA 93550
(855) 376-3330
www.jnrhomeimprovements.com
accounts@jnrhomeimprovements.com

Krystal Glass Writing Boards
Samuel Mitaro
PO Box 1443
Lancaster, CA 93534
(925) 818-5708
samuelm@krystalgwb.com

Lancaster Modern Dentistry
Rebecca Strodgen
43531 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(805) 760-1983
www.lancastermoderndentistry.com
scottk@pacden.com

Nantiquez Vintage Flair
Nanette Rushing
664 West Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 234-1893
www.nantiquezvintageflair.com
nanette@nantiquezvintageflair.com

So-Cal Solar
Ximara Roman
410 Grand Cypress Ave
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-8600
www.socalsolarinc.com
info@socalsolarinc.com

Sterile Pros
Matt Montague
515 East Avenue K-8, Suite 111
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 526-0100
matt@sterilepros.com

Tail Waggers
Marcie Noland
43761 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8792
marcie113@aol.com

University of Phoenix 
Mikal Powers 
1202 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(714) 338-1710
www.phoenix.edu
mikal.powers@phoenix.edu
 

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 

 

The Gas Company

3701 Pegasus Drive, Suite 114

Bakersfield, CA 93308

Member Since: 1952

 

Zonta Club of Antelope Valley Area

P.O. Box 1322

Lancaster, CA 93584

(661) 878-3231

Member Since: 1991

 

Velvet Touch 

Upholstery Shop, Inc

1234 West Avenue I

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 942-3233

Member Since: 1992

 

Antelecom, Inc

104 East Avenue K-4, Suite K

Lancaster, CA 93535

(661) 726-4217

Member Since: 1995

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Troth REALTORS

1801 West Avenue K

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 948-4646

Member Since: 1996

 

Jaqua & Sons

1050 West Avenue M

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 942-1183

Member Since: 1997

 

Lancaster Beauty School

44646 10th Street West

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 948-1672

Member Since: 1997

 

Sixcess Inc 

Drug Testing Services

43535 17th Street West, Ste 302

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 951-0444

Member Since: 1999

 

Aerotech News & Review, Inc

456 East Avenue K-4, Suite 8

Lancaster, CA 93535-4642

Member Since: 2004

 

PathPoint

348 East Avenue K-4, Unit B

Lancaster, CA 93535

(661) 723-7484

Member Since: 2005

 

 Design for Change

1066 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-1026

Member Since: 2006

 

Farmers Insurance

David Owens

44309 Lowtree Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 946-4224

Member Since: 2006

 

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

Clearview Eyecare Optometry
43767 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
)661) 945-9883
Member Since: 2008

Bounce Animation, Inc
44241 15th Street West, Suite 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 400-3066
Member Since: 2009

High Desert 
Health System Auxiliary 
335 East Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 471-4138
Member Since: 2009

Valleywide Dental, Inc
1021 West Avenue M-14
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-4000
Member Since: 2009

AAMCO 
Lancaster Auto Repair Group
44135 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-0800
Member Since: 2012

Sam's Club
39940 10th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 575-9200
Member Since: 2012

Farmers/Jack Gilliam 
Insurance Agency 
44504 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-0241
Member Since: 2013

 

Olives Mediterranean Cafe

518 West Lancaster Blvd

Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-4500

Member Since: 2013

 

Antelope Valley Dream Center

2851 West Avenue L, Suite 330

Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 418-6818

Member Since: 2014

 

Heaven's Best 

Carpet & Upholstery

38980 Palm Tree Way

Palmdale, CA 93551

(661) 435-9051

Member Since: 2014

 

Westside Body & Paint, Inc

5054 West Avenue M-2

Quartz Hill, CA 93536

(661) 943-3639

Member Since: 2014

 

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
October 2015

49th Semi-Annual Flea Market
10/04/2015
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

Ribbon Cutting/New Location
Brandman University 
10/07/2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
39115 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93550

Unveiling of Public Art Statue Larry Chimbole
10/08/2015
10:00 am
Poncitlan Square 
Palmdale, CA 93551

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Finance & Executive Committee Meeting
10/13/2015  
7:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting/Re-Grand Opening-University of Phoenix
10/20/15
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
1202 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting
10/21/2015
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Business-4-Breakfast
10/22/2015
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534

The BOOLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival
10/24/2015
5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Lancaster Blvd

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Planet Fitness
10/28/2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
44600 Valley Central Way
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 Anna 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 

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Helping Support Your Local Chamber is a

WIN-WIN!!

Take advantage of these special rates for chamber members!!

  

"A LA CARTE" OPPORTUNITIES:

  •  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).

PACKAGES:

  •  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.

 

 

ADDITIONAL MARKETING/ADVERTISING

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 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???

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 

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

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In This Issue
Chairman's Message
  

 
Greetings!
 
October is upon the Antelope Valley once again. And, while the temperature is cooling down, things are really heating up at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. Here are just a few items of note:
 
New Leadership - I hope you will all join me in welcoming our new CEO, Mark Hemstreet. Mark is a familiar face to many longtime members, having served as President of the Chamber during 1996-97. He brings a passion for the community and over thirty years of management experience in the hospitality industry, both huge plusses in serving the needs of our growing chamber membership. Stop by or call the chamber office after October 5 to wish him well.
 
Big Events - The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Semi-Annual Flea Market is this Sunday, October 4. With thousands of shoppers expected, you do not want to miss this prime sales and volunteer opportunity (Contact Anna at the Chamber today!). Other great October events include the Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation's Incognito Gala and Auction on October 17 and The BooLVD on October 24. For even more events, visit www.lancasterchamber.org!
 
Great Promotional Opportunities - October is shaping up to be one of our best months this year for networking. In addition to our monthly luncheon and Business-4-Breakfast events, we have a super-sized member orientation to go along with our upcoming grand opening/ribbon cutting events. Best wishes to members Brandman University, Nantiquez Vintage Flair, University of Phoenix and Planet Fitness on your future success!
 
In closing, I would like to thank the many volunteers who supported the Chamber's partnership with Bex Bar & Grill at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix beer garden. Your contributions made both events highly successful and reinforces my chairmanship's unofficial theme: "do well by doing good."
 
Thank you all for being a part of the continued success of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!
 
Josh Mann
Chairman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership  Luncheon 
  

Please join us for our monthly luncheon on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. 


 

Speaker TBA


 

 

The Lancaster Chamber Board of Directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!


 


RSVPs are strongly suggested for this event.

                         
                    EVENT INFORMATION

 

Date: October 14, 2015

 

Time: 11:30am - 1pm

 

Location: Hellenic Center

      43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce New CEO 
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Mark Hemstreet has been tapped to serve as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
effective October 5, 2015.

Hemstreet brings with him a 30-year career in hospitality management and most recently served as the local District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition, he has been active with many local community and business groups, including the Lancaster West Rotary Club, Antelope Valley Board of Trade and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, serving previously as president of each organization. 

We are excited to have Mark at the helm of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and hope that you will join us in welcoming him back!
Business-4-Breakfast

 

 

      Join us for business, stay for breakfast!

 

                7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. Thursday, October 22, 2015

                                      

Event Location

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

 

 Sponsored by:

Home Instead, Joel Green

(661) 254-8701

 

Be sure to bring plenty of business cards. You may also want to bring an opportunity prize with your card attached for our drawing!

 

A HUGE thank you to the following businesses who brought raffle prizes to our September breakfast:

 

Starbucks

Cruise Planners

Farmers Insurance

The Face & Body Place

AV Employment Services

Melcher's Construsction

Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

 

 

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

  

  
     
         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge 
  
    
  FREE Chamber Radio 
Talk Show
  
 


"Minding Your Business"
                       
    Saturday, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006
  
Record Keeping for 
Charitable Contributions 

You must keep records to prove the amount of any cash and non-cash contributions you make during the year. Which records you must keep depends on the amount you contribute and whether they are cash or property contributions. New recordkeeping requirements were established for all contributions made after January 1, 2007. You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep as a record of the contribution, bank records (such as a cancelled check or bank statement containing the name of the charity, date and the amount) or a written communication from the charity. This article discusses which records you must keep.

Cash Contributions

Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction. You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless it is substantiated by one of the following:
A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Bank records may include: a canceled check, a bank or credit union statement or a credit card statement.
A receipt (or letter or other written communication) from the qualified organization showing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution.
Payroll deduction records. The payroll records must include a pay stub, Form W-2 or other document furnished by the employer that shows the date and the amount of the contribution, and a pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization.

Cash Contributions of $250 or More

You can claim a deduction for a contribution of $250 or more only if you have an acknowledgement of your contribution from the qualified organization or certain payroll deduction records. If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that lists each contribution and the date of each contribution and shows your total contributions. To determine whether a contribution is $250 or more, do not combine separate contributions. For example, if you gave to the church $25 each week, your weekly payments do not need to be combined. Each payment is a separate contribution. The acknowledgment must be written and state whether you received any goods or services in return. If something was received in return, a description and good faith estimate of the value of the goods or services must be included. For payroll deductions, the payroll records must include a pay stub, Form W-2 or other document furnished by the employer that shows the date and the amount of the contribution, and a pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization. If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document does not show the date of the contribution, you must also have another document that does show the date of the contribution.

Non-cash Contributions

The records you must keep depends on whether your deduction for the contribution is:
Less Than $250
At least $250 but not more than $500,
Over $500 but not more than $5,000, or
Over $5,000.
Amount of contribution. In figuring whether your contribution is $500 or more, combine separate contributions of similar items during the year. If you received goods or services in return, reduce your contribution by the value of those goods or services. If you figure your deduction by reducing the fair market value of the donated property by its appreciation, your contribution is the reduced amount.

Deductions of Less Than $250

If you make any noncash contribution, you must get and keep a receipt from the charitable organization showing:
The name of the charitable organization,
The date and location of the charitable contribution, and a reasonably detailed description of the property.
A letter or other written communication from the charitable organization acknowledging receipt of the contribution and containing the information in (1), (2), and (3) will serve as a receipt. You are not required to have a receipt where it is impractical to get one (for example if you leave property at a charity's unattended drop site).  You must also keep reliable written records for each item of donated property. Your written records must include the following information:
The name and address of the organization to which you contributed. The date and location of the contribution.
A description of the property in detail reasonable under the circumstances. For a security, keep the name of the issuer, the type of security, and whether it is regularly traded on a stock exchange or in an over-the-counter market. The fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution and how you figured the fair market value. If it was determined by appraisal, you should also keep a signed copy of the appraisal.
The cost or other basis of the property if you must reduce its fair market value by appreciation.
The amount you claim as a deduction for the tax year as a result of the contribution, if you contribute less than your entire interest in the property during the tax year. Your records must include the amount you claimed as a deduction in any earlier years for contributions of other interests in this property. They must also include the name and address of each organization to which you contributed the other interests, the place where any such tangible property is located or kept, and the name of any person in possession of the property, other than the organization to which you contributed. Any conditions attached to the gift of property.

Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500

If you claim a deduction of at least $250 but not more than $500 for a noncash charitable contribution, you must get and keep an acknowledgement of your contribution from the qualified organization. If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you can have either a separate acknowledgement for each or one acknowledgement that shows your total contributions. The acknowledgement must contain the information in items (1) through (3) listed under Deductions of Less Than $250, earlier, and your written records must include the information listed in that discussion under Additional Records.
1. It must be written
2. It must include:
A description (but not necessarily the value) of any property you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), and a description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described above. If the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in a commercial transaction outside the donative context, the acknowledgement must say so and does not need to describe or estimate the value of the benefit.
3. You must get the acknowledgement on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return.

Deductions over $500 but Not Over $5,000:

If you claim a deduction over $500 but not over $5,000 for a noncash charitable contribution, you must have the acknowledgement and written records described under Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500. Your records must also include:
How you got the property, for example, by purchase, gift, bequest, inheritance, or exchange.
The approximate date you got the property or, if created, produced, or manufactured by or for you, the approximate date the property was substantially completed. The cost or other basis, and any adjustments to the basis, of property held less than 12 months and, if available, the cost or other basis of property held 12 months or more. This requirement, however, does not apply to publicly traded securities.
If you are not able to provide information on either the date you got the property or the cost basis of the property and you have a reasonable cause for not being able to provide this information, attach a statement of explanation to your return.

Deductions Over $5,000

If you claim a deduction of over $5,000 for a charitable contribution of one property item or a group of similar property items, you must have the acknowledgement and the written records described under Deductions Over $500 But Not Over $5,000. In figuring whether your deduction is over $5,000, combine your claimed deductions for all similar items donated to any charitable organization during the year. Generally, you must also obtain a qualified written appraisal of the donated property from a qualified appraiser. Qualified conservation contribution. If the gift was a "qualified conservation contribution," your records must also include the fair market value of the underlying property before and after the gift and the conservation purpose furthered by the gift.

Out of Pocket Expenses

If you render services to a qualified organization and have unreimbursed out of pocket expenses related to those services, the following three rules apply.
You must have adequate records to prove the amount of the expenses.You must get an acknowledgment from the qualified organization that contains a description of the services you provided and a statement of whether or not the organization provided you any goods and services to reimburse you for the expenses incurred. If so, the statement must include a description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services (other than intangible religious benefits). If the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, you must receive a statement stating this; however, the acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit.You must get the acknowledgment on or before the earlier of: (a) The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or the due date, including extensions, for filing your return.

Car Expenses
 
If you claim expenses directly related to use of your car in giving services to a qualified organization, you must keep reliable written records of your expenses. Whether your records are considered reliable depends on all the facts and circumstances. Generally, they are reliable if you made them regularly and at the time you incurred the expense.Your records must show the name of the organization you were serving and the date each time you used your car for a charitable purpose. If you use the standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile for 2015, your records must show the miles you drove. If you use actual expenses to complete the deduction, your records must show the costs of operating the car for charitable purposes only. 

The Month In Pictures

September

 

Membership Luncheon Speaker Small Business Development Center, Raimone Roberts with Chair Elect Gina Rossall 

 

Business-4-Breakfast Table Sponsor

Commercial Services Unlimited

Tracy Hill 

 

Business-4-Breakfast

Best Commercial Winner

Farmers Insurance, Don Ryan


 

OUR WEBSITE OFFERS INCREDIBLE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR MEMBERS!

 

 

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