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

Business Connection


June  2018

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairwoman of the Board
Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster


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. 
Interested in Becoming an Ambassador? 
Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to represent the LancasterChamber 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

June 2018

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

In-N-Out Collision Center
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
45024 Trevor Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534

Valley Foot & Ankle Center
Grand Opening / Open House
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
44725 10th Street West, Ste 130
Lancaster, CA 93534

HomeSmart NCG
4th Anniversary  / Ribbon Cutting
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting @ 12:30 pm
3011 West Rancho Vista Blvd, Ste E/F
Palmdale, CA 93551

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
116TH Annual Installation Banquet
Social Hour @ 5:30 pm
Dinner @ 6:00 pm
University of AV
44055 N Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - 3:00 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

Olives Mediterranean Cafe
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting @ 3:00 pm
1125 Rancho Vosta Blvd, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551

Lancaster Optometry
4th Anniversary / Joint Mixer
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
516 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Business-4-Breakfast Sponsored By 
Chuck Simons Real Estate
7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

New and Renewing Members


  Introducing Our Newest Members!

Direction Desk
42211 7th Street East
Lancaster, CA  93535
(661) 435-7261

Embassy Surgery Center, LLC
Sandra Sheets
42135 10th Street West, Ste 325
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 237-5454

HomeSmart NCG
Martha Pinon
3011 E-F Rancho Vista Blvd, Ste 9107
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 733-3388

In-N-Out Collision Center 
Ashot Petrsyan
45024 Trevor Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 471-8247

Handyman Services
Mark Ritthaler
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 618-3615

Olives Mediterranean Cafe-Palmdale
Harout Mkrtchian
1125 Rancho Vista Blvd, Ste C
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-9010

Optimal Hospice 
Meg Molloy
44151 15th Street West, Ste 201
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 674-3300

Product Solution Services
Charles Robinson
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
(703) 881-8894

Professional Research Services
Charly Swiger-Peterson
45830 Suffolk Drive
Lancaster, CA  93534
(304) 677-6926

Project Joy, Inc
Kim Watson
5022 West Avenue N, Ste 10232
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 607-3976

The Abbey Management Company
Josh Hunsberger
2231 Palmdale Blvd, Ste P
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 274-4408

Thomas Gracey
5022 West Avenue N, Ste 102
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 212-0612

Badruddin Damani
2048 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 917-2220

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members

Monte Vista Building Sites
42220 10th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-0435
Member Since: 1940

Funerals & Cremations  
44831 Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1139
Member Since: 1961

Palmdale Regional Medical Center
38600 Medical Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 9382-5000
Member Since: 1970

Brunswick Sands Bowl
43233 Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-2651
Member Since: 1971

Coldwell Banker/ Hartwig
Burle Patterson
43912 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8424
Member Since: 1976

AV Engineering
129 West Pondera Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-0805
Member Since: 1985

  AV Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
AV Mazda
1155 Auto Mall Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-3586
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley 
Animal Hospital
1326 West Avenue N
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-1234
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Hospital
1600 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-5000
Member Since: 1987

Law Office of 
Thompson Von Tungeln
857 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5686
Member Since: 1987

Michael Glass, DDS
44563 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-6039
Member Since: 1987

Universal Electronic Alarm
709 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-1515
Member Since: 1987

VINSA Insurance Associates
940 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 948-5041
      Member Since: 1987

Waste Management
1200 West City Ranch Road
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 947-7197
Member Since: 1987
TV Land
PO Box 1467
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-8141
Member Since: 1990

West Park Villas Apartments
1800 West Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1562
Member Since: 1990

A Digitech Inc
ADT Security Systems
4506 West Avenue M
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
(661) 722-3344
Member Since: 1993

Child Care Resource Center
250 Grand Cypress Avenue
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 789-1200
Member Since: 1994

Lockheed Martin 
Aeronautics Company
1011 Lockheed Way
Palmdale, CA 93599
(661) 572-4077
Member Since: 1994

Bethel Christian School
3100 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-2224
Member Since: 1996

California Tile Supply
42704 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-2545
Member Since: 1996

Cobb Doerfler & Associates, CPA
1039 West Avenue J, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 942-6103
Member Since: 1996

Commercial Services Unlimited
PO Box 6587
Lancaster, CA 93551
(661) 726-0071
Member Since: 1996

Kuzyk Law
1700 West Avenue K, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-6969
Member Since: 1996

Comfort Inn & Suites
1825 West Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-2001
Member Since: 1999

Suburban Propane, LP
46151 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-5117
Member Since: 2000

Merritt Tae Kwon Do
 Academy, LLC
1945 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5293
Member Since: 2007

The Pacifica Company
42231 6th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 294-8700
Member Since: 2008

Love & Grace Christian Fellowship
2052 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-2584
Member Since: 2012

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

Cruise Planners
PO Box 5075
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 771-9425
Member Since: 2013

After Hours Lock & Key
43759 15th Street West, Ste 220
Lancaster, CA 93534
(310) 930-2556
Member Since: 2014

Steven D Heffelfinger, DC, Inc
44130 N Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-5998
Member Since: 2014

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

JAG Insurance Agency
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 547-3144
Member Since: 2016

SYGMA Network, Inc
46905 47th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 723-0405
Member Since: 2016

TitleMax Title Loans 
473 East Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 225-9725
Member Since: 2016

AV Solar Ranch 1
49881 170th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 336-0294
Member Since: 2017

Cricket Wireless
4085 West Avenue L
Quartz Hill, CA 93560
(516) 446-8663
Member Since: 2017 

DE Rehab Properties
4083 West Avenue L, #114
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 965-3701
Member Since: 2017

State Farm Insurance Todd Main
44744 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-0330
Member Since: 2017

Chairwoman's Message 

Greetings Valued Chamber Members, 

The end of my term as the Chairwoman for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce  is quickly approaching and I am confident in the leadership of the incoming Chair, Luis Garibay, to continue to lead the Chamber of Commerce and our newly elected Board of Directors.
I would like to take a moment to personally THANK the Chamber staff, Mark, Anna, and Sharon, for their dedication to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and ensuring that each Chamber event is memorable for the business owner as well as the members attending. They truly do a remarkable job.
Thank you to the current Executive Board members and all of the Directors for your support to ensure that the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce continues to thrive within the Antelope Valley.
Please join us at an upcoming event in the month of June:
  • Friday, June 15th, 5:3o pm, at UAV, we will be installing our incoming Chairman of the Board, Luis Garibay, and our incoming Board of  Directors. Please  join us for a great evening to welcome these newly elected directors to our board.
  • Monday, June 25th at 5:30 pm, Lancaster Optometry will be hosting a four year anniversary joint mixer. Please bring your business cards and raffle prizes and meet fellow chamber members. 
  • Thursday, June 28th beginning at 7:0o am, at A.M. CafĂ©, join us for our monthly Business-4-Breakfast. This is a great opportunity to share your business services and gain knowledge about fellow members businesses.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monica Grado
Chairwoman of the Board 

Work Ethics Scholarship Awards 2018

Congratulations to the students who were selected to receive the Lancaster Chamber 
Work Ethics Scholarship this year! 

With the generous support of our sponsors and Chamber members (through your renewals and raffle donations), the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce was able to award scholarships totaling $14,000 to 15  high school students with stellar work ethics and academic success. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be high school seniors who will graduate this summer, work part-time in an area business or training in a paid or unpaid  internship, demonstrate good work ethics including being trustworthy, responsible, respectful, and fair, and plan to enroll in a college or technical school in the fall. In addition to the application, students also had to submit an essay and have their employer submit a letter of recommendation.  

Thank you to our 2018 Work Ethics Scholarship  sponsors:

The Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce Education Foundation, is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The Antelope Valley Fair Parade, celebrating the 80th AV Fair and Alfalfa Festival is moving up! 

This years Parade will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 celebrating the theme: "Holy Cow, We're 80 Now" and will kick-off starting at 10th Street West and Lancaster Blvd at 9:00 am.  Previously, the parade took place on the second day of the fair. Please note the date change!

To mark the 80th year celebration, the Lancaster Chamber Parade Officials are seeking all past Grand Marshall's and past AV Fair Directors to ride behind this years Grand Marshall. For details, please call the Lancaster Chamber at 661-948-4518. 

If you would like to participate in the parade,download the Fair Parade Application Please be sure to fill out return both pages no later than   July 27, 2018.

**After July 13th all entry fees will INCREASE by $5.00** 

Congratulations to the 
Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2018!
This year ' s class has accomplished much this year, starting six unique businesses.

Coming into the program, we had several goals for the students. The most visible goal was for students to start their own business or social movement, but there were more. 
  • For students to recognize the power of their ideas and develop the skills necessary to turn those ideas into meaningful enterprises.
  • For students to become creative, collaborative thinkers and leaders who could articulate their ideas.  
  • To expose students to real world experiences, while at the same time increasing their public speaking skills, their confidence, and their drive to succeed.
  • For students to not only be entrepreneurial, but to leave the program with the entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Accomplishing these goals would allow students to leave the program, not only with a business, but with a set of skills and abilities that they could take with them and use in any aspect of their lives.
It was a tall order, but over the course of the year, these skills have developed in each of the students. They have done what many twice their age would never attempt, and they have done it with spirit, energy and enthusiasm.  
To run a successful academy, it involves a large pool of professionals from many different fields. First is our partner, Antelope Valley College, which elevates our class to a much higher level. We wouldn't be able to have a YEA! Program without AVC. 

That's just the tip of the iceberg; the operations and week to week administration is led by our Program Manager Ms. PJ DelGaudio. 

The YEA! Academy teaches from a community approach. We bring in in highly recognized local community leaders as guest speakers, as mentors, as CEO's for our CEO Roundtable Event, and as Corporate Sponsors to provide seed money to our new businesses and partake in our "shark tank" investor panel.

            Stan Ulvin, Sierra Towing
            Mark Hemstreet, Lancaster Chamber      

Chris Spicher , AV Florist
Chris Perosi, The Tech Gods
 Terry Roth , Jag Insurance
Kim Perkins, First City Credit Union
Diane Hoey, World One Telecommunications
Bill Meck, William Edwards Photography             
Rodney Jacobson, Mortgage Management Consultants

Corporate CEO Roundtable
Monica Grado, Georges Cleaners
Doug Cain, Antelope Ambulance
Dave Owens, Farmers Insurance
Stephine Hix, Westside Body & Paint

Investor Panel
Kelly Miller, AVTA
Liz Seelman, So. Cal Edison
Miguel Gomez, Sam's Club
Sydney Yeseta,  City of Lancaster
Ed Knudson,  Antelope Valley College
Robyn Lawhon,   Lancaster West Rotary
Daren Ayres-Malaj,  Antelope Valley Hospital

Field Trips
            Sandy Smith, Rocket Fizz
            Pam Clark, Passintino Andersen
            Charles Worth, Spadefox Gaming
One of our academy highlights is our investor panel/shark tank where our CEO's have the opportunity to meet and present their businesses plans to our Sponsors. And like shark tank, our investors decide if they choose to invest their money in some, none or all the businesses. The only difference is they do not accept any equity in our CEO's newly developed enterprises. In addition to the monies invested, the panel also elects the top presenter who then represents the Lancaster YEA! program with a fully paid trip to Rochester, New York to compete nationally against 100 other YEA! CEO's from around the country. Their top pick this year was Miss Layal Kouri, CEO of The Garage Thrift & Consignment.
Starting new businesses this year with our Young Entrepreneurs Academy are:

CEO's                           Newly formed Business               
Jillian Stebbins             Breathe Stationary
Payne Radford               Rad Tags
Amelia Lee                     Cu-T-Shirts
Layal Kouri                    The Garage Thrift & Consignment
Wyatt Gore                       Safe School Protection Kits
Tierra Washington         Forget-Me-Not Packages
As we were awarding our students their diploma's, closing this chapter on the YEA! Program, our new CEO's now have the means to choose the next chapter in their new businesses. And looking ahead, some will continue their business, some will move on to other entrepreneurial endeavors, but all will take away a higher level of self-confidence, problem solving skills, and a spirit of knowing they can accomplish more.

Lastly I want to give a big shout out to all of this years sponsors:  

So Cal Edison, Lancaster West Rotary, Antelope Valley College, AVTA, Antelope Valley Hospital, Sam's Club, Lancaster Sunrise Rotary, Sol Plaza, HW Hunter, and the City of Lancaster. We couldn't succeed without you!
If you would like to be involved in next year's YEA! program, please let us know. If you know a student (grades 6-12) that has that entrepreneurial spirit and might be interested in applying for next year's program, please have them contact us at the Chamber!


  Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, June 28, 2018
7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast is Sponsored by:

Chuck Simons Real Estate

(661) 350-1006

 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 

We would like to thank all of our Flea Market vendors and everyone who came out to the Flea Market on
 Sunday, May 6th! 

We had over 5,500 people come in through the main gates!
We would especially like to thank all 
of this years sponsors:

Toyota of Lancaster
Brookdale Antelope Valley
OPSEC Security & AV Security Academy

...and of course, our Volunteers. 
We could not have done it without you! 



The Month In Pictures


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Orientation

"Table Sponsor"
NorKare Consulting
Karen Hickling, (661) 350-4990
"Best Commercial Winner"
Chamber Ambassador/YMCA Board Member
Mary Miller, (661) 723-9622
52nd Semi-Annual Flea Market Information 

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!