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  2018

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board


Past Chairwoman of the Board

Mark Hemstreet - Chief Executive Officer
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Office Staff 

Mark Hemstreet, Chief Executive Officer
Anna Zarley, Event Coordinator
Sharon Molnar, Office 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
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking Opportunites
  • Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings
Monthly Events  
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Business-4-Breakfast
Quarterly Events
  • Mega-Mixers
  • Breakfast with Legislators

Discount Advertisement 

  • AV Press - Chamber Page
  • Video Commercials
  • Web Video - Business Showcase

Please call the Chamber for more information: (661) 948-4518 

Member Benefits
Maximizing Your Membership
We all talk about how to bring more awareness to our business or organization. Social Media is nothing new, but are you on top of your game?  Are you part of the Lancaster Chambers Facebook page?  Add a quick post on our member to member page. Having an event? Weekend sale? End of Season Sell-off?  or other promotional opportunity you would like to publicize?  Give it a try, it's all part of being a Member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!

To join our Facebook page please log in and request to join the Lancaster Chamber Member-Member group and you will be added. 
November 2018

Sara de Trigueros 
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
44835 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534  

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Finance & Executive Committee Meeting
7:30 am-9:00 am
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon 
US Small Business Administration 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Business-4-Breakfast with the 
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Sponsored by Speedwell Transportation
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Orientation
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP Required!

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

Office Closures: November 12, 2018 
 November 22-23, 2018

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Action A1 Home Loans
Eugene Okeke
44250 Division Street, Ste B
Lancaster, CA  93535
(661) 802-7455

Complexity Wine
Audra Tufts
2010 West Avenue J-8, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 577-4141

Jersey Mike's Subs
Bill Violante
44418 Valley Central Way, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 471-8781

Kinetix Advanced 
Physical Therapy, Inc
Reyna Gutierrez
44501 16th Street West, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-7033

Kstarrs Internet Radio
Steve A Richardson 
Lancaster, CA 93536
(562) 500-2373

Stephen Hemmert Wines
Stephen Hemmert
44732 Yucca Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(818) 519-1100

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Atkinson & Associates, Inc
233 East Avenue K-6
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 723-5141
Member Since: 1989

Robert S Wolf Insurance
44421 10th Street West, Ste F
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8003, Ext 101
Member Since: 1989

Zonta Club 
Antelope Valley Area
PO Box 1322
Lancaster, CA 93584
(661) 406-4322
Member Since: 1991

Carolyn Brailer
Individual Member
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 723-0560
Member Since: 1993

Park West Village
Apartment Homes
43032 30th Street West
Lancaster,  CA 93536
(661) 943-2438
Member Since: 2002

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

Learn4Life Concept
 Charter Schools
177 Holston Drive
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 272-1225
Member Since: 2011

Antelope Valley Dream Center
44939 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 418-6818
Member Since: 2004

Poppy Reserve 
Mojave Desert
 Interpretive Association 
PO Box 1408 
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 609-7280
Member Since: 2014

Charter College
43141 Business Center Parkway, Ste 109
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 341-3500
Member Since: 2015

Jersey Mike's Subs 
1006-A Commerce Center Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8855
Member Since: 2015

JNR Home Improvement
39450 3rd Street East, Ste 127
Palmdale, CA 93550
(855) 376-3330
Member Since: 2015

Cali Cafe 
44140 20th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-5878
Member Since: 2017
Office Depot 
National Chamber Program

Join thousands of others who benefit from perks, discounts and business solutions through the National Chamber Program! 

We've championed the office products space to give you the best in group purchasing and world class customer service.  Help your business grow- it's more than just a discount!

"Table Sponsor"
Home Instead Senior Care
Joel Green, (661) 254-8701
"Best Commercial Winner"
Charlton Weeks Attorneys at Law
James Charlton, (661) 265-0969
A Message from our
Chairman of the Board

It is hard to believe, but the holiday season is here. Although the Chamber is an advocate for local businesses year-round, this time of year it is even more important to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to local businesses. For every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. When the same $100 is spent online or at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. In addition, according to American Express' Shop Small Movement, small businesses donate approximately 250% more to non-profits/community causes than larger business. So let's work together this holiday season to support our local businesses as well as the local economy.

Also this holiday season, join us for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade happening on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This event is one of my family's personal favorites. For those interested in sponsoring this year's parade, there is still time. For additional details, contact the Chamber office at 661-948-4518.

As part of this month's Chamber member highlight, I would like to recognize Stan Ulvin. Stan is the owner of Sierra Towing. Stan, and the Ulvin family, have been involved in the community for decades. For the past five years, Stan has volunteered his time to serve as one of the instructors of the Young Entrepreneur's Academy (YEA). Most people do not realize that this is an eight-month commitment -- not just for the students but also our instructors. Stan has done an outstanding job educating young people on the ins and outs of starting and running a real-life business and I appreciate everything he has done for YEA.

Lastly, if you have not already, please don't forget to vote! With a number of important items on the ballot, every votes count. See you at the polls on Tuesday, November 6th!

Luis Garibay
Chairman of the Board 
Legislative Advocacy 

Lancaster Chamber's Overview of November Ballot Measures
By:  Lancaster Chamber of Commerce with support from CalChamber

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken the following positions on upcoming Propositions for the November 6th election. The Chamber encourages employers to share this information with their employees. Businesses are within their rights to do so-just remember: NO PAYCHECK STUFFERS, no coercion, no rewarding or punishing employees (or threatening to do so) for their political activities or beliefs.

Lancaster Chamber Positions on November Measures

Proposition 1                       Support
Veterans Housing Bond

Proposition 2                      Support
Housing and Services for Individuals with Mental Illness

Proposition 3                       Support
Bond Funding for Water Supply/Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage Projects

Proposition 4                      Support
Children's Hospitals Construction Bonds

Proposition 5                      Support
Property Tax Base Transfer for Replacement Property

Proposition 6                      Support
Reduces taxes on gasoline, removes taxes added by state legislators without voter approval.

Proposition 7                      No Position
Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law

Proposition 8                      No Position
Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment

Proposition 9                      REMOVED from BALLOT
Three States Initiative - Removed from ballot on 7/18/18 by order of California Supreme Court

Proposition 10                   Oppose
Expands Local Governments' Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

Proposition 11                   Support
Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks

Proposition 12                   No Position
New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals

For brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November 6th General Election ballot. Please click here.
Membership Luncheon 

Join the Lancaster Chamber on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  for an informative presentation given by the United States Small Business Association. 

SBA Executive Summary: 
How the SBA Empowers Small Business Owners
 and Entrepreneurs to Start, Grow, Expand, 
and Recover Their Businesses.

Event Location:
John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Hope to see you there!  
Six Leadership Skills

A little excerpt   from the  Harvard Business Review -HBR Leader's Handbook - a primer for aspiring leaders who want to take their careers to the next level.

 HBR interviewed over 40 successful leaders of large corporations, startups, and non-profits to get their views about what it takes to become a leader.  Research pointed to six leadership skills where practice was particularly important. These are not mysterious and certainly aren't new. However, the leaders interviewed emphasized that these fundamental skills really matter. Aspiring leaders should focus on practicing these essential basics:
  • Shape a vision that is exciting and challenging for your team (or division/unit/organization).
  • Translate that vision into a clear strategy about what actions to take, and what not to take.
  • Recruit, develop, and reward a team of great people to carry out the strategy.
  • Focus on measurable results.
  • Foster innovation and learning to sustain your team (or organization) and grow new leaders.
  • Lead yourself - know yourself, improve yourself, and manage the appropriate balance in your own life.
No matter where you are in your career, you can find opportunities to practice these six skills. You'll have varying degrees of success, which is normal. But by reflecting on your successes and failures at every step, and getting feedback from colleagues and mentors, you'll keep making positive adjustments and find more opportunities to learn. Workers were able to improve their own performance by 20% after spending 15 minutes at the end of each day writing reflections on what they did well, what they did wrong, and their lessons learned.

Don't wait for learning opportunities to be handed to you. Seek them out and volunteer to take them on.  And if you don't see the opportunities in your own organization, find them outside your professional work in a community group which are often hungry for leaders to step in and step up! Seek to work with a non-profit such as the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce! 

Eventually, as you progress, you'll reach a level of capability in these areas such that you'll start seeing results: you'll successfully make things happen through the people who work for you. As you succeed, these results will begin to build upon one another. People will want to work with you. Clients or customers will ask for you by name. You'll be invited to represent the company at conferences. You'll have become a leader, capable of rallying an organization of people around a meaningful collective goal and delivering the results to reach it.
   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
Thursday, November 15,  2018
7:00 am- 8:30 am

This Months Breakfast is Sponsored by:

Jerry Holmes (661) 942-8494

Event Location
A.M. Cafe 
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster,  CA 93534

Please RSVP by Noon the day before the breakfast if you would like your business name to be included in the list that gets handed out to all attendees.

Please note:
 If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced
      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 10:00 am on 
High Desert Radio 1340 KTPI AM

Hosted by Chris Spicher of AV Florist and 
Aaron Goldstein of Goldstein Digital. 
Music by Lions Named Leo of Bakersfield.
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

  View our videos on YouTube 

The Month In Pictures


Lancaster Chamber Membership Luncheon 
Digital Marketing 101  Panel (left to right): 
Jordan Beilin Sr.-  Spectrum Reach
Arty Aleksanyan - Lancaster Optometry
David Saltman -Z-Axsis Images
Mellysa Harris - Colman Media 
Newly Expanded : Ribbon Cutting
The Studios at Bella West
560 West Milling Street, Lancaster 
(661) 948-7447
 Pet Nutrition Centers
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
43619 Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-7906
Optimal Hospice Care -Lancaster
Ribbon Cutting / Open House
44151 15th Street West, Ste 201
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 674-3300
Jersey Mike's Subs
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
44418 Valley Central Wy, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 471-8781