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Business Connection


August  2016

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairwoman of the Board
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District

Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Past Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management


Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katy Nelson, Hunter Dodge


Austin Rice, Alden & Associates, LLP

Terry Roth, JAG Insurance Agency, Inc. 


Mark Hemstreet - Chief Executive Officer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Theresa Dawson, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Charles Hoey, Charles Hoey & Associates

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley


Shandra Goben, TownePlace Suites

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Barry White, Carpeteria

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Office Staff 

Mark Hemstreet, Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Molnar, Office Coordinator
Anna Zarley, Event Coordinator

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 

  • Personal Page on Chamber Website
  • Chamber Mobile App
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Community Calendar
  • Membership Directory Listing
  • Membership City Map Listing
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Chamber Classes / E-Learning Portal
  • Conference room for Members
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking Opportunites
  • 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 

New and Renewing Members


 Introducing Our Newest Members!

 Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle
45074 10th Street West, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 429-5824

Beth Knesset Bamidbar
Bryan Alexander
1611 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-4415

Casa Amazonas
Consuelo Paredes
45331 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 718-7084

Digi-Vue Advertising
Joshua Ginsberg
1007 West Avenue M-14, Ste D
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 492-4234

Don's Residential Doors
Don Jameson
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-7535

Mosman's Country Steakhouse & Bar
Chuck Mosman
46645 60th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-7047

Title Max of Lancaster
Dina Wesley
1049 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-0069

Title Max of Palmdale
Gustavo Perea
473 East Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 225-9725

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 

Michelizzi, Schwabacher, Ward & Collins
767 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5395
Member Since: 1966

Palmdale regional Medical Center
38600 Medical Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 382-5000
Member Since: 1970

Bohn's Printing
656 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-7567
Member Since: 1987

California Bank & Trust
831 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-4511
Member Since: 1987

Greater AV Association of REALTORS
1112 West Avenue M-14
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 726-9175
Member Since: 1987

Independent Living Center of Southern CA
606 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-9726
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Board of Trade
41319 12th Street West, Ste 104
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-9033
Member Since: 1988

Theurer Orthodontics
1629 West Avenue J, Ste 108
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2290
Member Since: 1988

Dewey Pest Control
45440 23rd Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-4503
Member Since: 1991

Antelope Valley Transit Authority
42210 6th Street Wesr
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9445
Member Since: 1992

Velvet Touch Upholstery Shop, Inc
1234 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3233
Member Since: 1992

Child Care Resource Center
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 269-6992
Member Since: 1994

All Glass & Plastics
42320 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5838
Member Since: 1996

Five Star Auto Body - HW Hunter, Inc
44733 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 951-9110
Member Since: 2000

Rancho Vist Golf Course 
/Cascades Restaurant
3905 Club Rancho Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 272-9830
Member Since: 2000

Nu Science Corporation
43102 Business Center Parkway
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-8898
Member Since: 2001

 Allied Physical Medicine
1314 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-4441
Member Since: 2005

Farmers Insurance 
David Owens
44309 Lowtree Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 946-4224
Member Since: 2006

Fleming & Barnes
Diamondale Adolescent Care
23860 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 200
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 791-3064
Member Since: 2007

Legal Shield
Daniel Seny
38713 Tierra Subida Avenue, Ste 200-210
Palmdale, CA 93551
(310) 335-0115
Member Since: 2009

Boulevard Flooring Emporium, Inc
820 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-9500
Member Since: 2012

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

Schooners Patio Grille
2797 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-0800
Member Since: 2012

Security Defenders 
528 West Milling Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2581
Member Since: 2012

BHE Renewables
15637 Avenue A
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 749-0936
Member Since: 2013

Clark Pest Control
42831 Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-3726
Member Since: 2013

Caliber Collision
146 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-6551
Member Since: 2015

Double "D" Cupcakes
706 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 510-0480
Member Since: 2015

Paintball USA
15112 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(661) 255-5332
Member Since: 2015

Planet Fitness 
44600 Calley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 941-3333
Member Since: 2015

Willow Springs International Raceway
3500 75th Street West
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-2471
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
August 2016

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening / Mixer
Mosman's Country Steakhouse & Bar
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mosman's Country Steakhouse
46645 60th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Title Max of Lancaster
4:30 - 5:30 pm
1049 West venue K
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Finance and Executive Committee Meeting
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Director's Meeting
7:30-9:00 am
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Antelope Valley Fair Parade and Festival
Hosted by the Lancaster Chamber 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
on the Blvd between 10th St. West & Sierra Hwy 
Lancaster, CA 93534
Fair Parade Entry Application

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Corp Meeting
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

To view Job Openings please click on the link to the job you are interested in. 

Point Broadcasting, LLC Account Executive 

On the Labor Scene....

With so many laws continually being thrust upon businesses, we wanted to start a little update employer's might find useful.  This month we highlight the California Fair Pay Act.  As you may or may not know, our State has prohibited an employer from paying its employees less than that of employees of the opposite sex for equal work under the California Equal Pay Act.  On October 6th, of last year, Governor Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358), which fortifies the Equal Pay Act in a number of ways.  

Use this link to find out more from the Department of Industrial Relations: 

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

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


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Chairwoman's Message 

Greetings Members, 

Another busy month for our Chamber is on tap for August.   Our monthly luncheon speakers will be sharing with us vital information about the upcoming special election ballot measure that is so important to our City.  I am hopeful that you will all attend, bring your questions, and plan to get them answered.  The meeting is scheduled for August 10th at the Hellenic Center in Lancaster, beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

A major activity in our community is the AV Fair which begins August 19th and runs through the 28th.  As Chamber members we are getting into the spirit of the Fair with our Dress and Decorate Contest, and you will not want to miss out on this opportunity to win tickets to the Fair for your employees, should you be the winning business.  Applications for the contest are available from the Chamber Office through August 12th.  Please take time to join in the fun and engage your employees in dressing for the Fair!

Another event that we have planned around the Fair is the annual AV Fair Parade.  This event takes place on August 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Thanks to Director Luis Garibay and his committee for planning a parade that is sure to delight young and seasoned alike!  Your help in making this a successful kick-off event for the Fair will be appreciated.

Hey, have you made arrangement to show off your business on "Minding Your Business" with Chris Spicher?  What a great way to tell the community about your business and why doing business with you is of importance to our listeners.  Please contact Chris to make arrangements to appear on his show, and for sure we really thank Chris for his efforts on behalf of all of us.  Thanks, Chris.

Don't forget to join us for our Business-4- Breakfast at our new location, the AM Café on 10th Street.  The pancakes are indeed a treat, and the company of our fellow members is so special.  The next meeting is August 25th beginning at 7 a.m.  Be sure to bring your business cards, and plan to have a great time getting to know your fellow Chamber members.

Thanks to Anna for her help in setting up the combined Chambers night at the JetHawks game on July 22nd.  I would have to say my first pitch was certainly nothing to marvel at, but it wasn't as embarrassing as I expected either.  I will be keeping my day job for now as I don't see professional baseball in my future.  Thanks for the opportunity, Anna, to allow all of our Chambers time to work together at this fun event. 

I am looking forward to seeing you at all the upcoming events this month.  Remember together we can accomplish much for our community and our business, so please participate.  

Regina Rossall, Chairwoman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon 

Please join us for our monthly luncheon on 
August 10, 2016!

The Lancaster City Council has authorized a Special All Mail Ballot Election for Measure A - The Safe and Compassionate Community Act. 

This Measure, if approved by a two-thirds majority of voters, would fund: law enforcement, emergency shelter, housing, and supportive services available to homeless individuals and families, as well as homeless seniors and homeless veterans within the City.

There will be a Question and Answer session during the luncheon.

RSVPs are suggested for this event.

                                              EVENT INFORMATION
August 10, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!


Young Professionals ARE Important...

Do you have young professionals working for you?  Are you playing a role in mentoring and developing these professionals to become the leaders and managers of tomorrow?
A clear understanding and appreciation of this dynamic group of people will help guide you as your business embraces a 21st-century growth model.   They definitely don't view the world in the same way the "good old boys" used to (and still do!).   "Joining" is not appealing ... "associating" is.   And today's technology has helped redefine the meaning of "networking" ... for them.
Most of us recognize the need to reach out to our young professionals.   We understand the critical importance of bringing them into the mix because, by definition, they are our future.  But what pro-active steps are you taking.     
Because technology and social media are so important to this group, we tend to forget about teaching them how to build relationships, how to negotiate, or close a deal.  It's still not all about Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter, the importance of a face to face connection is still how most people like to do business.     
But where do we start?  Your Chamber can help!  Bring them to a Chamber Luncheon, or a Business-4- Breakfast.  Have them develop a 30 second elevator speech, and then use it at a Chamber event.  Another great way to help them grow is providing some Lancaster Chamber of Commerce E-Learning classes.  Have them try a class like: Successful Negotiation, Basics of Leadership, and Managing Time, Working as a Team or Empowerment!  Most of these classes are under $25, and can be found on our Homepage under ChamberClasses or use this link: 
You can assign classes to your employees and track their progress.  Look for a class or two for yourself as well!  There are a variety of different subjects to choose from.
Let's Build a Better Business Community together!
Advertise your business in the 
AV Fair Parade Program

Specs for the AV Fair Parade Program
August 20, 2016
Full Page  (8 h w X 6.5 w)...........................$200.00

Half Page (3.75 h X 6.5 w).......................... $125.00

Quarter Page(3.75 h X 3 w)..........................$ 75.00

Business Card Ad (1.625 X 3 w)....................$  25.00

Please make checks payable to:
"Lancaster Chamber of Commerce:

For credit card orders call (661) 948-4518
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, Ca. 93534-2534
661 948-4518 ~ 661 949-1212 Fax


2016 "Dress & Decorate" Contest



         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge 
Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

"Minding Your Business"

Minding Your Business (MYB) the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce weekly radio show features Chamber members and Friends each Saturday at 12 noon on High Desert Radio 1380am. Hosted by Chris Spicher of AV Florist and Aaron Goldstein of GoldsteinDigital. Music is by Lions Named Leo of Bakersfield, CA.

    Saturdays, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

 View our videos on YouTube 

  Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, August 25, 2016

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast Sponsor:

The Tech Gods, Christopher Perosi   
NEW! Event Location
A.M. Cafe

44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518 

Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and a raffle prize to promote your business!

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


Employers Required to E-File Paperwork with Employment Development Department

This requirement will expand to all employers beginning January 1, 2018.

Unemployment Insurance and Electronic Reporting

AB 1245 (Cooley; D-Rancho Cordova, Statues of 2015) requires electronic reporting for unemployment insurance reports submitted to the EDD. It also requires employers to remit contributions for unemployment insurance taxes by electronic funds transfer.

Any employer required under existing law to electronically submit wage reports and/or electronic funds transfer to the EDD will remain subject to those requirements. 

The EDD encourages employers to enroll now in e-Services for Business so they can start reporting online before this mandate begins.

For more information about the e-file and e-pay mandate, please visit:

Benefits of Electronic Filing and Payments

  • Increases data accuracy.
  • Protects data through encryption, which is safer and more secure than paper forms.
  • Reduces paper and mailing costs.
  • Eliminates lost mail.
  • Faster processing of returns and payments.

File and Pay Electronically with e-Services for Business

Employers can use e-Services for Business to comply with the e-file and e-pay mandate. e-Services for Business is a fast, easy, and secure way to manage your employer payroll tax accounts online. With e-Services for Business, you can:

  • Register for an employer payroll tax account number.
  • File returns and reports.
  • Make payroll tax deposits and pay other liabilities.
  • View and update account information.
  • And more!


This mandate contains a waiver provision for employers who are unable to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits.

The EDD will accept waiver requests from employers beginning July 2016. To request a waiver, employers must complete and submit the E-file and E-pay Mandate Waiver Request (DE 1245W).

Here are the ways to obtain a DE 1245W:

  • Download theDE 1245W from the EDD website.
  • Contact the Taxpayer Assistance Center at 888-745-3886.
  • Visit the nearest Employment Tax Office.

Waiver requests can be submitted by mail or fax:


Employment Development Department

Document and Information Management Center

PO Box 989779

West Sacramento, CA 95798-9779

Fax:     916-255-1181

Employers will be notified by mail if their waiver is approved or denied. An approved waiver will be valid for one year. Upon the expiration of the approval period, an employer must start to electronically file and pay, or submit a new waiver request to avoid a noncompliance penalty.

The Month In Pictures


Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening Celebration

Bearly Cake, 2791 West Ave L 

July Business-4-Breakfast Table Sponsor

iLead Charter School , Kristan Van Houten


"Best Commercial Winner" 

After Hours Lock and Key, Robert Webb


Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop

One-Year Anniversary Celebration

& Family Friendly Mixer 


Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Equal Chances, 848 W Lancaster Blvd # 102


Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Casa Amazonas, 45331 Division Street


As a Chamber member you have the ability to post a Member Classified Ad on our website? This is a great place for you to post news, events, and even job openings.

Check it out : Member Classified Ads

To submit an ad: 

Visit our website at

On the home page, hover over news/events/applications and let it drop down.  Click on Member Classified Ads and when it opens at the top click where it says click here to submit an ad to the editor

Submit the ad for approval and you're done! It is that easy! 

If you have any questions please let us know! We are always here to help you!


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