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

Business Connection


December 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. 
December  2018

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Mega - Mixer Hosted by 
SMS Bookkeeping & Financial Services 
44831 N 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Stephen Hemmert Wines
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 pm
44732 Yucca Avenue
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
Holiday Open House 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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

Business-4-Breakfast with the 
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Wright Family Holiday Story
Bring Unwrapped Gift 
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534 

Office Closures:  December 25, 2018

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Assisted Living Locators
Shannon Avazian 
Acton, CA  93510
(661) 544-1004

AV Food & Wine
Anne Phillips
Acton, CA 93510
(661) 480-0095

Land Development Solutions, Inc
Jeffrey Brizes 
759 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 429-1498

Nova Storage
Yolanda Hardy 
825 West Avenue L-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-8825

Social Vocational Services, Inc
Kathi Wolford
846 West Lancaster Blvd 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-5954

Twiizl Media 
Sheila Kennedy 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(310) 560-4556

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

So Cal Gas Company 
3701 Pegasus Drive, Ste 114
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 393-1501
Member Since: 1952

Paraclete High School
42145 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-3255
Member Since: 1976

  America's Best Value Inn
44131 Sierra Highway 
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-8771
Member Since: 1987

All Things Engravable
44242 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945--5443
Member Since: 1992

City of Lancaster
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-6000
Member Since: 1993

Walter Mortensen Insurance
1113 West Avenue M-4, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 948-003
Member Since: 1994

Aida O'Connor
Individual Member
Lancaster, CA 93534
Member Since: 1996

John E Peakes
 Insurance Agency, Inc
902 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster,  CA 93534
(661) 942-6868
Member Since: 1996

Law Offices of
David M Wallin
41319 12th Street West, Ste 101
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 267-1313
Member Since: 1996

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

42212 10th Street West, Ste 6A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 951-2200
Member Since: 2002

Home Instead Senior Care
1805 West Avenue K, Ste 111
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 254-8701
Member Since: 2005

Antelope Valley Partners for Health  
45104 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-4719
Member Since: 2014

The Peanut Pedaler
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 916-2506
Member Since: 2014

America's Tarp Company
38917 20th Street East, Unit 104-A
Palmdale,CA 93550
(661) 916-0184
Member Since: 2015

Amaysing Fishing, Bait, and Tackle
45074 10th Street West, Ste 107
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 429-5824
Member Since: 2016

Honda Lancaster
43244 Drivers Way
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-3521
Member Since: 2016

LA County Office of 
Education, Gain Division
1817 West Avenue K, Ste 309
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 729-1239
Member Since: 2016

Yeager Law
44901 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 471-2177
Member Since: 2016

Bobby Wayne's RV
45230 23rd Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 755-1567
Member Since: 2017

Help for Heroes
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-5878
Member Since: 2017

Picnic Grounds 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(480) 540-1143
Member Since: 2017

Twisted Exit 
44920 Valley Central Way, Ste 106
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 547-8602
Member Since: 2017
A Message from our
Chairman of the Board

As we get ready to close out 2018, there is a lot to be thankful for this year. Our local economy continues to grow with the help of cutting-edge projects at Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Plant 42, and the Mojave Air & Space Port. Coupled with the continued growth of local companies like BYD, Lance Camper, and Kinkisharyo - there are many reasons to be excited about what lies ahead in 2019.

I am personally thankful for the continued support of all our members. Whether it is attending a ribbon cutting, mixer, luncheon or committee meeting, I appreciate the time each of you take to support each other and this organization. While we do our best to provide you with opportunities to promote and grow your business, we can always do better. If you have any suggestions on how to improve an existing event or an idea for something new, please let us know.

Lastly, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Congressman Steve Knight for his years of service to our community. Whether it was in Palmdale, Sacramento or Washington D.C., Steve was always an advocate for small business and the Antelope Valley. Steve supported the Chamber and always made himself available to speak at luncheons or participate in our legislative roundtables. Steve - Thank you for your leadership and dedicated service to the Antelope Valley and I wish you and Lily all the best in your future endeavors.

Happy Holidays!

Luis Garibay
Chairman of the Board 

Join the Lancaster Chamber on Wednesday, 
December 12, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit CHiPS for Kids and receive ONE FREE RAFFLE ticket!

Event Location:
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Hope to see you there!  
 Job Optimism, Housing, & Bipartisanship

CalChamber Poll

California voters are feeling better about the economy, but are still anxious about the cost of living, according to the recently released 2018 CalChamber Poll .

Nearly two-thirds of voters say that more new jobs have been created where they live, up steadily from just 43% in 2015.
Housing Worries
While optimistic on the job front, voters are worried about affordability. More than three-quarters of voters agree that "earning enough income to enjoy a middle class lifestyle is becoming almost impossible in my part of California." The only direction receiving broad consensus is to create more jobs in areas where housing is cheaper, which will require renewed state and local economic development efforts.
Tax Views
Even though voters have agreed to several statewide tax increases, there is a limit to their tax-raising impulses. Proposition 13 continues to be viewed favorably by more than 80% of voters. A majority also would oppose a split-roll property tax initiative. Voters also by a 3 to 1 margin oppose new taxes on services like lawyers, lawn care or automotive repair, even if applied only to businesses.
Independent Contractors
Voters favor a resolution to the recent California Supreme Court decision on classifying independent contractors, with a strong majority agreeing that "workers should be allowed to have the choice to be an independent contractor for their chosen quality of life." This argument was more persuasive than that "workers should be classified as 'employees" so that they can receive benefits and other workplace protections."
California political leaders tout their commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, and voters strongly agree (77%) that it is important that the state "set its own policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
They strongly oppose policies that would: increase electricity bills by 30% to 50% by 2030 (66%); purposely design roads to be more congested (66%); increase the price of gasoline by $1 to $2 by 2030 (60%); and impose new fees for driving (54)%. When ranking environmental challenges, voters say the highest priority should be drought relief and prevention (24%) and managing forests to reduce wildfire risk (23%).
Finally, despite the anger and frustration felt by many voters in today's political climate, the dream of bipartisanship is not dead. More than three-quarters of voters strongly agree that politics is increasingly connected to anger and chaos, rather than achieving practical outcomes.

   Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
Thursday, December 20,  2018
7:00 am- 8:30 am

This Months Breakfast is Sponsored by:

Wright Family Holiday Story 

Bring a WRAPPED uni-sex gift
 (valued $10 - $20 or whatever is comfortable) 

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 
US Small Business Administration
Joseph Lee Suh (805) 666-5583
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
The Platinum Tree Financial Services 
44835 10th Street West, Lancaster 
(661) 582-6002
Business - 4 - Breakfast 
"Table Sponsor"
Speedwell Transportation, Inc
Jerry Holmes (661) 942-8494
Business - 4 - Breakfast 
"Best Commercial Winner"
Don Ryan, Farmers  Insurance
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Membership Orientation 
Kstarrs Internet Radio, Complexity Wine, Wandercom, 
AV Food & Wine, Social Vocational Services
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!