April 2022
Business Connection Newsletter

New Members: Welcome!

Keller Williams - Janet Buckley
Janet Buckley

Lyons Mortgage Services, Inc.
Andrew Sophocleous

Thief & Barrel / Wine Resources
Barbara Moran

Rancho Village
Diane Davis

Residence Inn Lancaster
Linda Wade

Trevino Law Firm
Darlene Trevino

Touch of Beauty
Rita Cordova

Bilingual Learning Center
Leidy Milla Bernasconi

Zeldas 750 West
Lillian Camacho

Luxe Derm Aesthetics
Laura Gracia

Assistance By Design
Angela Marie Allen

Boss Chic Boutique & Spa
Jessica Magana

The Patio at the BLVD
Fernando Barrios

Renewed Members: Thank You!

Fran Sereseres

Huttopia Paradise Springs, LLC

Weber Legal Nurse Consulting Inc
Silvia Aninye
Member Since: 02/03/2021

Paraclete High School
John Anson
Member Since: 03/01/1976

Bravery Brewing Company
Brian Avery
Member Since: 03/08/2018

Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
Brenna Bates-Grubb
Member Since: 03/19/2019

Carley Berkowitz
Member Since: 02/25/2020

Antelope Valley Plumbing, Inc
Cathy Bevington
Member Since: 03/01/1994

Lancaster School District
Dr. Michele Bowers
Member Since: 02/20/2013

Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club
Jay Duke
Member Since: 03/01/1995

Costco Wholesale/ Lancaster CA Warehouse
Dennis Fanning
Member Since: 12/14/1988

Fourr, Alden, and Associates LLP
James O. Fourr, CPA, CVA, Cr. FA
Member Since: 03/29/1984

Budget Self Storage
Juan Fugon
Member Since: 03/20/2013

City of Palmdale
Luis Garibay
Member Since: 03/02/2020

Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism
Donald Ghrist
Member Since: 03/20/2012

Michael P Giovannini DDS
Michael Giovannini
Member Since: 03/01/1994

Comfort Keepers
Lanette Givins
Member Since: 01/16/2019

Hi-Grade Materials Co/Ascon Recy Co
Jon Hove
Member Since: 03/01/1994

Grace Resource Center
Jeremy Johnson
Member Since: 01/01/1993

Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts
Mike Josten
Member Since: 03/11/2009

Kistler Law Firm
Paul Kistler
Member Since: 02/24/2015

IBEW LOCAL 11 District 5
Kathy MacLaren
Member Since: 03/05/2015

Children's Center of Antelope Valley
Rebecca Sue Page
Member Since: 03/03/1998

Desert Christian Schools
Dave Pratt
Member Since: 03/01/1999

Twin Palms Apartments
Martha Ramirez
Member Since: 01/01/2001

Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
Margaret Rhyne
Member Since: 11/07/2014

Antelope Valley Care Center
Thomas Skiba
Member Since: 12/05/2000

Sierra Towing
Stan Ulvin
Member Since: 03/01/1993

ClockTower Plaza/Investment Concepts, Inc
Kim Watson
Member Since: 12/28/1995

Project Joy, Inc
Kim Watson
Member Since: 05/17/2018

Bliss Car Wash
Brian Whalen
Member Since: 05/01/2019



Supporting Small Business in Los Angeles County. 

Legislative Corner

Legislative Corner:
Legislation proposed at the State level the Chamber is continually watching and moving to oppose.

Labor and Employment

AB 2188 (Quirk; D-Hayward) Limits Employers’ Ability to Keep Workplace Drug-Free. Risks workplace safety by promoting marijuana use to a protected class under California’s discrimination law, on par with national origin or religion...
AB 2932 (Low; D-Campbell) Increased Overtime Requirement. Significantly increases labor costs by imposing an overtime pay requirement after 32 hours and other requirements...
SB 1044 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles) State of Emergency. Allows employees to leave work or refuse to show up to work if employee subjectively feels unsafe regardless of existing health and safety standards...
SB 1162 (Limón; D-Goleta) Publication of Pay Data. Encourages litigation against
employers based on the publication of broad, unreliable data collected by the state...



AB 1771 (Ward; D-San Diego) Targeted Tax on Certain Home Sellers. Seeks to impose a tax—in addition to the capital gains tax—of 25% on the profits from a home resold within three years after it is purchased..
SB 1301 (Becker; D-Menlo Park) Fossil Fuel Investment Surcharge. Arbitrarily raises taxes on companies that invest in fossil fuel businesses based upon the financing amount...

AB 1001 (Garcia, Cristina; D-Los Angeles) Expands CEQA and Hurts Housing. Creates new highly subjective, non-quantifiable and litigation-bait standards in CEQA that will threaten California’s economic recovery and ability to construct much-needed housing...

AB 2840 (Reyes; D-San Bernardino) Warehouse and Logistics Project Ban. Circumvents the California Environmental Quality Act, creates an unprecedented ban on warehouses and logistics... 

Privacy and Cybersecurity
Workers’ Compensation

SB 213 (Cortese; D-San Jose) Workers’ Compensation Presumption: Hospital Employees. Expands Costly Presumption of Injury. Significantly increases workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals by presuming certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace...


A Word from Mark Hemstreet:

Mark Hemstreet

Dear Members,
    It is with much soul searching that I have decided to leave my position as CEO of the Antelope Valley Chambers this month. I’m not moving out of state or even out of town but will be assuming the position of Executive Director of Destination Lancaster. I cannot express enough my gratitude to every member of this wonderful organization.  I look back on my experiences with the Chamber, starting in 1990 as a member, joining the Board of Directors the following year, serving as Chairman of the Board in 1996-1997, maintaining my membership and then in 2015 being brought on board as the Chief Executive Officer.  So, by looking at my history, it doesn’t seem like I’ll stray too far away! 
    I truly value the relationships I have garnered during my career at the Chamber.  Being able to connect with so many fantastic people who demonstrate daily their concern and enthusiasm for our business community is very heartfelt.  As the Palmdale and Lancaster Chamber’s joined together to become one chamber, I witnessed how separate silos can combine to make a stronger more vibrant business organization we can all be proud of.  The Chamber is in a great position and is poised for boundless things to come!
    I want to thank our Board Chairman A J Hampton and our entire Board of Directors (all 24 of them!).  They are the vision of the chamber, working as a cohesive, positive influence to better our organization.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a diverse group of professionals who can leave their egos at the door and work as one team moving the Chamber in the right direction. Thank you!
    Can’t leave without saying thank you to my staff- Jennifer and Maria.  They make coming to work a joy.  They bring an incredible amount of positive energy and liveliness to every day.  The two of them are very persuasive in pushing me into new ideas, i.e.  Tit-Tok videos… which is definitely not my wheelhouse.  Thank you ladies, I appreciate you.
    As I depart, I want to say, Thank You - Our Members”, thank you for allowing me to be the Chamber guy.  My time as your CEO will be one of my life’s highlights, I feel blessed to have led such an amazing and incredible organization. 

Chairman's Corner

AJ Hampton

    Hello everyone! I hope everyone finds themselves blessed in this new month. April will be fruitful for all. On behalf of The Chamber and myself, we could like to extend our wishes to you as we hope you have a prosperous and successful month. 
    We are excited to see the addition and expansion of many businesses in the Antelope Valley. With that being said, April is packed with various networking opportunities for yourself and for your business. We are thrilled to ingrate our new Monthly Mixers at Zelda's on the BLVD. We hope that you will be able to make it to our Monthly Luncheon on April 13th, featuring guest speakers from Aerospace Valley Air Show/ Flight Test Foundation. Last but not least, our Semi-Annual Flea Market is coming quick! There are still plenty of spaces to choose from. We encourage you to reserve a booth soon as prices will increase later this month. As always, registration for all of our events can be found on our website as well as more information about the event. We are thrilled to be able to witness the growth of so many local businesses. We look forward to seeing you at an event!
    The Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce would like to extend a congratulations to Mark Hemstreet on his new and exciting position at Destination Lancaster. Although we are sad to see him go, we know that he will be prosperous in all of his endeavors. As Mark is leaving our team, we are currently looking for another professional to fill his position. If you are interested, please contact the Chamber office for more information. 
    The Chamber would like to thank you for your continued support. We are ready to move forward with exciting things to support you and the growth of your business. God Bless. 

Join us for our Monthly Luncheon!

We are excited to host our monthly chamber luncheon at the John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center on April 13th, 2022. The event will begin promptly at 11:30AM and will end at 1:00PM. We are thrilled to hear what our guest speakers from the Aerospace Valley Airshow & Flight Test Historical Foundation will share with us! Members are $25 and non-members are $30. 

Registration is always available on our calendar: https://www.chamberorganizer.com/Calendar/moreinfo_responsive.php?eventid=415906&org_id=LANC 


New Monthly Mixer!

Introducing a NEW and EXCITING Networking opportunity!! We will be hosting monthly Mixers at Zelda's on the BLVD.

Registration is available :https://lancaster.chamberofcommerce.me/members/evr/reg_event.php?evid=65535539&orgcode=LANC



B4B Best Commercial

Congratulations to our B4B Best Commercial Winner Beth Smith from Thriving Consultant Agency!


More of a morning person? Join us for our B4B at 7:00AM-8:30AM. The next B4B is April 28th at the AM Cafe: 44205 10th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534

Members: $15 & Non-Members $20.

Registration is always available on http://avchambers.org/calendar

Join Our ChamberTalk Podcast!

Interested in doing a podcast? Podcasts are a great way to feature your local business! Please feel free to to email us at maria@avchambers.org or give us a call at 661-948-4518 for more information. Listen to our newest episodes on SpotifyApple Podcastsor on other podcast platforms. 


AV Chambers Social Media

Looking for more ways to share your business with the community? We invite you to join the Chamber's "Member-to-Member" private group on Facebook where you will be able to post about your business, your events, and your services. You will also get to see other community businesses and their posts. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business while increasing your social media presence.

Please follow us on Instagram as well so you do not miss out on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in your community. @avchambersofcommerce

Also, check us out on TikTok @avchambers!


March Luncheon Sponsored by the Children's Center of the Antelope Valley

Thank you to Andi Campognone and Robert Beneitez on their beautiful and informative presentation regarding MOAH!  

Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce Presents the Semi-Annual Flea Market


It is NOT too late to register for our Semi-Annual Flea Market! Prices will increase again on April 24th. Register here: https://www.avchambers.org/flea-market-application.html

The Patio Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Fernando Barrios & the Barrios Family on their successful event for the Patio at the BLVD. We are very excited to see you grow and prosper!

The Patio at the BLVD: Located right outside the Chamber of Commerce office
554 West Lancaster BLVD


'Shop Local' at the May Flea Market

Marketing to our Chamber members first, we are selling vendor space and sponsorship opportunities for this eventOur showcase will be held in the JW Hunter Building at the fairgrounds and each vendor will receive a 10 x 10 booth space complete with pipe and drape, an eight-foot table, and two chairs. In addition, Shop Local Showcase vendors will be listed in the Antelope Valley Press along with multiple mentions on social media. Participants will be listed on the event brochure, alongside your booth location, which will be handed to several thousand people coming through the gates that day. Additionally, your booth will be centrally located amongst the busiest building, drawing more traffic to your booth than any year ever before. Plus, with our Big Shop Local Showcase giveaway, we’re hoping to draw even more people your way.

Booth rates are $225 (plus $25 if you need power) in addition to sponsorships.

Follow the link for more details.

Shoutout to their sponsors: Care Pest Control, Southern California Edison, Bounty Vintage Antiques & Dusty Paws Dog Grooming.

Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce New - April 2022