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

Business Connection


November 2015

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District

Mark Troth, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS
Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Vice-Chair Secretary
Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Past Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services 
Mark Hemstreet - 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


 Introducing Our Newest Members!
H&M Veterinary Hospital
Becky Hand
2330 Mall Loop Road, Ste 115
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 942-3070

Jersey Mike's Subs-Lancaster
Bill and Jack Violante
1006-A Commerce Center Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8855

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 
Gilbert Snow DDS, Orthodontist
868 Auto Center Drive, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551
Member Since: 1971

Stephen B Marvin Real Estate
43700 17th Street West, Ste 202
Lancaster, CA 93534-4661
Member Since: 1972
Americas Job Center 
of California 
1420 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 945-5767
Member Since: 1979

41253 11th Street W, Ste B
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 325-7253
Member Since: 1985

Benz Construction Services
1731 N Sierra Hwy
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-6669
Member Since: 1987

Robert S Wolf Insurance & Financial Services
44421 10th Street West, Ste F
Lancaster, CA 93534
Member Since: 1989

All Things Engravable
44242 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-2153
Member Since: 1992

Carolyn Brailer
Member Since: 1993

Sunset Ridge Apartments
43436 16th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 723-5646
Member Since: 1994

Garrison Family Medical Group
41210 11th Street West, Ste A
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-5151
Member Since: 1995

Lancaster Jethawks
45116 Valley Central Way 
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 726-5400
Member Since: 1995

Law Offices of David M Wallin
41319 12th Street West, Ste 101
Palmdale, CA 93551-1414
Member Since: 1996

Grace Lutheran 
Church & School
856 West Newgrove St
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-1018
Member Since: 1997

 Comfort Inn & Suites
1825 W Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534-4664
(661) 723-2001
Member Since: 1999
Whole Wheatery
44264 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-0773
Member Since: 1999

Brandman University
Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 203
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-2001
Member Since: 2000

Care Pest Solutions
43137 Venture Street, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 951-1843
Member Since: 2001

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe
44140 20th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-5885
Member Since: 2004

Healing Touch Rehab
42220 10th Street West, Ste 109
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-4231
Member Since: 2006

Gene Wheeler Farms, Inc
220 West Avenue H-6
Lancaster, CA 93534
Member Since: 2007

Lancaster Cemetary
111 East Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-6110
Member Since: 2007

Passantino Andersen Communications, Inc
42305 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 793-6627
Member Since: 2008

High Desert Legacy 
Education Medical College
701 W Avenue K, Ste 123
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-9300
Member Since: 2010

Premier Events
39450 3rd Street E, Ste 106
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 224-1505
Member Since: 2010

Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency
670 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-3621
Member Since: 2011

Merrill Lynch 
Wealth Management
730 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 802-0763
Member Since: 2012

San Joaquin Valley College
42135 10th Street West, Ste 147
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-8282
Member Since: 2012
Xerox Image Source
17072 Silica Rd, Ste 102
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 241-8044 Ext 600
Member Since: 2013

AV Veterinary Center
1055 Columbia Way, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-1500
Member Since: 2014
Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
PO Box 1408
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 609-7280
Member Since: 2014
Steven D Heffelfinger, DC, Inc
44130 N Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-5988
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

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening
Jersey mike's Subs
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
1006-A Commerce Center Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster/Quartz Hill Chamber
Joint Monthly Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518

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

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

Ribbon Cutting 
Senior Resource Alliance
9:15 am - 10:00 am
44831 Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting/Mixer/New Location-Ventura Graphix
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
42309 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

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




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 


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce presents the Lancaster Christmas Parade

The parade is coming! This years parade theme will be "Toy Trains and Candy Canes" as chosen by community contest winner, Randy Bass, and 
will take place on 
Saturday December 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for entry as well as for advertising in our Christmas Parade Program.

Advertising in the Parade Program is an inexpensive way to get your business seen!

Full Page (10.5 x 8)                     $200.00

Half Page (5.125 x 8)                  $125.00

Quarter Page (5.125 x 3.875)       $75.00
Business Card Ad (2.5 x 3.57)      $25.00

If you are interested in taking advantage of this wonderful advertising opportunity, please visit our website at to download the paper application or call Anna Zarley at
 661-948-4518 for more information.

There is nothing like being a part of your community!
If you would like to participate in the parade please visit the link below for the Entry  application

Entries close Friday, November 20, 2015 so don't delay, turn in your application today! 

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board and Staff look forward to seeing you there!
-Happy Holidays-
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 




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 Month's Issue
Chairman's Message

November is here and we are at the beginning of another holiday season. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to say thank you to each one of our members. We appreciate the opportunity to share in and support your business' success. With that, we have a few items of note about upcoming projects and programs:
Young Entrepreneurs Academy - The Lancaster Chamber's sister organization, the nonprofit Education Fund, is hosting the 2nd annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA). Thank you to Antelope Valley College, Merrill Lynch, Lancaster West Rotary, S-Power, FRSTeam, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Southern California Edison and BHE Renewables for underwriting this program to educate the next generation of business leaders! There is still time for your business to get involved. Contact the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce office today!
Luncheon with the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce - In observance of Veterans Day, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce will not be hosting its monthly luncheon on November 11.  Instead, we will be co-hosting a special luncheon on November 4 with the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce at the Hellenic Center at 11:30 a.m. We hope that you can join us for this great networking opportunity.
Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings - November is looking to be another great month for local businesses. We have a number of upcoming grand opening/ribbon cutting events. Best wishes to members Planet Fitness, Jersey Mike's Subs, Senior Resource Alliance and Ventura Graphix on your future success!
In closing, I would like to thank the many volunteers who supported the Chamber's semi-annual flea market last month. While the weather could have been better, your participation made the day a successful one.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don't forget take a moment each day this month and thank your friends, family and colleagues for being a part of your success!
Josh Mann
Chairman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership  Luncheon 

In observance of Veterans Day, the Chamber will be hosting our monthly Membership Luncheon one week earlier than usual.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:30 am for a joint luncheon with the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce. 

The Antelope Valley Partners for Health and the Senior Resource Alliance of Antelope Valley will be presenting "workplace wellness". 

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

RSVPs are strongly suggested for this event.
                    EVENT INFORMATION
Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 11:30am - 1pm

Location: Hellenic Center
      43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
Pentagon awards Northrop Grumman stealth bomber contract

(CNN)-The Pentagon took a major step toward upgrading its aging bomber fleet Tuesday, awarding the long-awaited contract to build the new Long Range Strike Bomber to Northrop Grumman.

Calling the Long Range Strike Bomber the "back bone" of the Air Force's future strike and deterrence capabilities, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the new aircraft allows the U.S. to "project power across the globe now and into the future."
"The age of our bomber fleet requires new thinking and new capabilities," Carter said. "Building this bomber is a strategic investment for the next 50 years."Officials have been tight-lipped as to the specific capability expectations for the LRS-B, but indications are that it will be stealth, able to carry conventional and nuclear weapons and could possibly operate both with and without a pilot.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said the new long-range bomber will have the ability to launch from the U.S. and strike any target around the globe to counter advancements in air defense systems by rival nations and emerging threats posed by potential adversaries.
Northrop Grumman, the developer of the Air Force's current bomber, the B-2, beat out a partnership between aeronautic juggernauts Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the right to build the next generation of long-range aircraft."The Air Force has made the right decision for our nation's security," said Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, in a statement. "As the company that developed and delivered the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, we look forward to providing the Air Force with a highly-capable and affordable next-generation Long-Range Strike Bomber."
Along with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the KC-46 tanker, the LRS-B is one of the Air Force's top modernization priorities. "We face a complex security environment," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said during the Pentagon briefing announcing the contract Tuesday. "It's imperative our Air Force invests in the right people, technology, capability and training to defend the nation and its interests -- at an affordable cost."
The Pentagon says the LRS-B contract is divided into two parts in an effort to ensure contractors stay on schedule and within the boundaries of designated cost estimates. The first part of the contract covers the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the aircraft and includes incentives to minimize the contractor's profit if it does not control costs and stay on schedule.Engineering and development costs are estimated at $21.4 billion (in 2010 dollars) over the entire life of the program.
The second part of the contract covers the costs that go into building each of 100 aircraft projected as part of the program. According to the estimates outlined in the contract, each long-range bomber will cost $511 million (in 2010 dollars), meeting the $550 million threshold set by the Pentagon.
Based on current independent estimates, the Air Force projects the cost of the program to be approximately a third of the previous B-2 stealth aircraft. More recent programs to upgrade stealth air capabilities, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, have been plagued by schedule delays, technology glitches and cost overruns. "We have committed to the American people to provide security in the skies, balanced by our responsibility to affordably use taxpayer dollars in doing so," said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff.
"This program delivers both while ensuring we are poised to face emerging threats in an uncertain future," he said.




  Join us for business, stay for breakfast!


      7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. Thursday, November 19, 2015


Event Location

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


 Sponsored by:


AV Showcase Chorus


Kira Wagner (661) 878-2872


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



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



On Thursday, October 15, 2015, a severe storm with flash floods caused road closures and damage to many private homes and businesses in the Antelope Valley, particularly the areas of Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes, Leona Valley, Green Valley and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale.
Many people experienced damage to their personal properties and businesses. In response, the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management will setup and open a Local Assistance Center (LAC).  A LAC serves as a one-stop-shop where individuals, families and business owners can obtain information on services and assistance from government agencies, utility companies and non-profits. 
The LAC location and hours of operation are:
Joe Walker Middle School (gymnasium)
5632 W. Ave. L-8
Lancaster, CA  93536
Friday, October 30, 2015 
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 31, 2015  
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 
 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
As a reminder, Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may also call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 

211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting   
         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge 
  FREE Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

"Minding Your Business"
    Saturday, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

The Month In Pictures


 Brandman University 

Ribbon Cutting 


Lancaster Modern Dentistry 

Ribbon Cutting 


Nantiquez Vintage Flair 

Ribbon Cutting 

Monthly Chamber Luncheon

Speakers from American Red Cross with Lancaster Chamber Chairman of the Board, Josh Mann

Nantiquez Vintage Flair 

Ribbon Cutting 


University of Phoenix

Ribbon Cutting 

Chairman of the Lancaster Chamber Board, Josh Mann with 

Campus Director, Mikal Powers

University of Phoenix

Ribbon Cutting/New Location


Business-4-Breakfast Table Sponsor Home Instead Senior Care 


Come for Business, Stay for Breakfast

Monthly Business-4-Breakfast 


Chamber Ambassador, Kimberly Perkins helping out at our monthly Business-4-Breakfast 


"Best Commercial" Winner

Lighthouse Studios 

Buddhika Ekanayake

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

Planet Fitness

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

Planet Fitness owners 

Matt and Dave with 

Miss Lancaster and Jr Miss