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

Business Connection


January 2016

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Board

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

Past Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services 

Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katy Nelson, Hunter Dodge

Mark Troth, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS

Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

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

Austin Rice, Fourr, Alden & Associates, LLP

New and Renewing Members


 Introducing Our Newest Members!
Antelope Valley 
Community Clinic
Nicol Gerstein
45104 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-2391

Isla's Floral Boutique
Doreen Lopez
1008 West Avenue J-10
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 418-0610

Monster Sports Center
Matthew Hissong
44830 Valley Central Way
Suite 105-106
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 917-7344

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 
Time Warner Cable Media Sales
41551 10th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 202-1190
Member Since: 1977

AV Trophy & Uniform
44805 Beech Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-3284
Member Since: 1987
City of Lancaster 
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-6000
Member Since: 1993

First City Credit Union 
1104 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  93534
(800) 944-2200
Member Since: 1998

High Desert Medical Group
43839 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5984
Member Since: 1998

AV Eye Care & Medical Group
42543 8th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-4373
Member Since: 2000

Hampton Inn & Suites
39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 265-7100
Member Since: 2005

Antelope Valley Church 
3830 West Avenue L-8
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 718-3662
Member Since: 2008

Homewood Suites by Hilton
2320 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-8040
Member Since: 2008

Antelope Valley Chevrolet
1160 Motor Lane
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 952-2300
Member Since: 2010

Wal-Mart Supercenter 
40130 10th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-6496
Member Since: 2010

Century 21, Agent Bob Stickney
1727 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-4521
Member Since: 2013

Choices in Learning
National Foundation 
42225 10th Street West, Ste D
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 265-0096
Member Since: 2013

DeVry University
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 100
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 224-2920
Member Since: 2013

Domingo's Mexican and 
Seafood Restaurant
1324 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-8413
Member Since: 2013

Kickin' It with
 Karen Weil & Kira Wagner
Palmdale, CA  93552
(805) 405-5127
Member Since: 2014

Sky Jung Grant Writer and PR
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 902-8687
Member Since: 2014

Vose Properties
PO Box 8743
Lancaster, CA 93539
Member Since: 2014

Camacho Mitsubishi
401 Auto Vista Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
Member Since: 2015

Flewelling & Moody, Inc
1035 Lancaster Blvd, Ste 200
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-0771
Member Since: 2015

Southern California 
Spine & Pain Institute
44215 15th Street West, Ste 203
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 379-8085
Member Since: 2015

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
January 2016

Chamber Office CLOSED
01/01/2016 -New Years Day
Normal business resumes 1/4/2016

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 Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

Grand Opening
Joint Chamber Mixer
Sol Graphix
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
42257 6th Street West, Ste 306
Lancaster, CA 93534

Chamber Office CLOSED
1/18/2016-Martin Luther King Day
Normal business resumes 1/19/2016

Lancaster Chamber
Board of Director's Meeting
7:30-9:00 am
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
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

Bakersfield Business Conference Special Pricing opportunity!

Chamber Members:

The Bakersfield Business Conference returns on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Don't miss America's best one-day program with business, investment, motivation, political and governmental thought, plus entertainment personalities and speakers on the main stage and alternative venues throughout the day.

Chamber members receive special pricing until February 1, 2016. Seating
assignments are based on receipt of purchase.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (661) 371-2204, by mail to the Bakersfield Business Conference, PO Box 2026, Bakersfield, CA 93303, or on
our website.

For more information or to purchase tickets on the web please visit:



Helping Support Your Local Chamber is a


Take advantage of these special rates for chamber members!!



  •  Digital Display Ad on Chamber Wall - $250 / year (2050x1400 dpi).
  • Static Display Framed Poster* on chamber/visitor's center wall - $1000 / year (24x20 inches -8  AVAILABLE) -includes a free digital display for one year.
  • Chamber newsletter ad (600x600 dpi, includes link to your website) - $75 each or $750 for one year.
  • Website home page banner ad (along top of page) - $2500 per year 
  • Website home page ad $500 / year (600x600 dpi - TWO AVAILABLE).


  •  Package 1 - $500 - Includes one digital display ad and four newsletter ads.           
  • Package 2 - $1000 -  Includes one digital display ad, four newsletter ads, and one website home page ad (TWO AVAILABLE).
  • Package 3 - $1000 - includes one  24"x20" framed Chamber Wall poster* (12 AVAILABLE) and one digital display ad.

           *price includes poster production costs.




  • Community Calendar member event posting.
  • Annual area map and directories with advertising opportunities.
  • Referrals - Hundreds of request directed to members "ONLY".
  • Mailing Labels and Membership Lists available to members "ONLY".
  • Chamber Radio Talk Show and Chamber YouTube Free to members "ONLY".
  • Your business listed in the printed and online Membership Directory (Link to your website or social media!).

Chamber Membership Lists


Labels by Alpha: $50.00

Email Data: $50.00


Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518

In this Month's Issue
Chairman's Message

New Year, New Opportunities!
Happy New Year to our Lancaster Chamber members!
For many of us, this month is a chance to close out 2015, clear out our surplus inventory and plan out the year ahead. In doing so, I wanted to pass along some best practices to get the most out of your hard work:
Closing Out - In finalizing the work from the previous year, I find it helpful to make list of what worked (or didn't work) or ideas to do something new or different in the year ahead. I also like to take the time to get my records organized for the tax preparer, saving me from doing the "shoebox shuffle" at my upcoming appointment.
Clearing Out- Whether it's the stockroom at work or your home garage, it seems inevitable that there is a pile of stuff that needs to get on to its next best use. Take a day and sort out the clutter, organizing what can be saved or reused and then recycling, selling or donating what needs to go. Getting it done and out of the way early will make for a smooth transition into planning for new inventory or home purchases.
Planning Out - Make this the year to take you and your business to a new level of personal and profession success! The process of putting your plans for the year on paper (or more likely in a computer file) gives you a road map to follow and a way to chart your progress along the way. I challenge each one of our members to do this and include one goal about how to maximize the value of your chamber membership. If you're not sure where to start with your business planning, contact Chamber CEO Mark Hemstreet. We have access to top advisors, like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), that can get you moving in the right direction.
On behalf of the board of directors, ambassadors and staff of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, I would like to personally thank you for your membership. We appreciate the opportunity to share in and support your success and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming breakfast, luncheon or mixer!
Josh Mann
Chairman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon 
Please join the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce at our monthly membership luncheon. 

This month will feature a presentation given by Kimberly Maevers, the President and CEO for the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance.

 (PJ, Kimberly, and Saharra)

 Maevers, a native of the Antelope Valley, will give attendees a preview of the 2016 Economic Round Table Report and the work that's being done to prepare it for the debut at the AVBOT Business Outlook conference on 2/26/16. 

RSVPs are suggested for this event.
                    EVENT INFORMATION
January 13, 2016
11:30am - 1pm

JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!
         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge 

Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

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


  Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday,January 28, 2015   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M
Event Location
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518

This Months Breakfast is sponsored by 

City of Hope
Be sure to bring plenty of business cards or flyers to promote your business!

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

The Month In Pictures


Lancaster Chamber Directors and Ambassadors ride in the

 Lancaster Christmas Parade 

Ribbon Cutting/Re-Grand Opening

H&M Veterinary Hospital 

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

Las Islas Floral Boutique 

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening 

Caliber Collision 

Lancaster Shows Dramatic Economic Turnaround
      Recent unemployment figures show the City of Lancaster's unemployment down to just 6.4% from 8.8% a year ago and from 9.9% in 2013. These numbers in part represent the effects of pro-business policies instituted by the City of Lancaster over the past few years. These include a 2010 Economic Stimulus Package (focusing on encouraging local shopping), the BLVD Redevelopment Project, the courting of entrepreneurs at home and abroad, as well as a positive pro-business approach to day-to-day governance that has propelled Lancaster to center-stage as an engine of job creation.

"We are very proud of the progress made over the past few years in reducing the unemployment rate," said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. "The Recession really acted as a crucible that forced city governments everywhere to ask what works as a business policy and what doesn't. In the first year after I took office, we had to deal with a nationwide housing and financial crisis with profound local impact. In doing so, we became the most business-friendly City in Los Angeles County, embraced alternative energy as an economic engine, and launched a host of innovative City policies and initiatives."

The City of Lancaster has aggressively pursued new business partners from elsewhere in Los Angeles County, as well as globally. Some examples include Morton Manufacturing (a Santa Clarita-based company which expanded into Lancaster, adding 350 well-paying local jobs); TownePlace Suites by Marriott (a brand new hotel on Avenue J-8 and 20th West); and a magnificent new Kaiser Permanente medical campus (with more than 136,000 square feet, featuring laboratory and office space). On the international front, Lancaster has courted and gained businesses such as Build Your Dreams (BYD), which is rapidly approaching 200 jobs created, and expects to ramp up to 700 jobs by 2018.

"Speaking from the perspective of a business owner, it is imperative that the City continues to work to provide a business-friendly climate for the sake of entrepreneurs, employees, and consumers," said Lancaster Council Member Ken Mann. "A key goal of the City has been and will continue to be to provide the best possible service to the business community. It is this attitude that has allowed Lancaster to become the first two-time recipient of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's 'Most Business Friendly City' Award, and has further allowed us to push down unemployment rates."
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