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City of Lancaster Goes Online with Business License Renewals

The City of Lancaster now offers business license renewal capabilities on its website.  As the City continues to expand its green initiatives while maximizing customer convenience options, one more avenue is provided to make doing business in Lancaster a breeze.

 

“This new feature enables existing business owners to renew their business licenses online,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Many people now pay their bills from the comfort of their home via the internet, reducing the time and energy they spend on a necessary task.  We’re glad to offer this convenient option to our citizens as well.”

 

Business owners will continue to receive their renewal notices in the mail.  However, the paper bills will provide information on how the process to renew a business license and pay the fees due can be completed by visiting the City’s website at www.cityoflancasterca.org.  Once at the site, proceed to “I Want To… Renew a Business License” or “Finance Department… Renew a Business License” and click on the link provided.  Two pieces of information are required to complete the process online: 1) the business license account number and 2) the four-digit pin number (which is located on the paper renewal notice near the summary of charges at the top of the page).  If this information has been lost or misplaced, the City of Lancaster Finance Department can be contacted at (661) 723-6237 for further assistance.

 

The business license online renewal system accepts both full and partial payments.  Please note that although partial payments are allowed, business license certificates will not be issued until accounts are paid in full.  Certificates are printed and mailed every Friday for all (paid in full) payments received by the previous Thursday.  The online payment option is not available for renewing the following types of businesses: massage, group home, taxi or tow service.  These businesses are excluded because they require additional steps for renewal processing, such as fingerprinting and background checks.

 

For additional information regarding utilizing the online business license renewal feature or to learn how to obtain a business license, please call the City of Lancaster Finance Department at (661) 723-6237.

 

July 5, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, business, city of lancaster, City of Lancater | , , , | Leave a comment

Business Advisory Council Meeting Tomorrow

The Antelope Valley business community is invited to join the South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) for their next Business Advisory Council (BAC) Meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6 from 8:30 to 10 am at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. 

The BAC provides information regarding services that may enhance local businesses while networking with other groups throughout the community. The July 6 meeting will focus on the City of Palmdale’s Economic Development Department services and resources.

Organizations are encouraged to RSVP at 661/265-7421.

BAC meetings are held the first Wednesday of the every month, with the exception of blackout dates.

The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) brings job seekers and employers together in one place and offers no cost, vital workforce development programs and services to the community. Job seekers receive career counseling, assistance securing interviews and employment opportunities, and access to workshops, skills training, computers and tools. Businesses receive specialized screening and recruitment services. The center functions to reduce unemployment and positively impact the community through the power of work.

The no-cost services offered at the SVWSC are provided through the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the City of Palmdale. The WIA provides the framework for a national workforce preparation and employment system. Programs authorized by WIA are provided at the local level to individuals in need of those services, including job seekers, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, veterans, new entrants to the workforce, persons with disabilities and employers.

The City of Palmdale has contracted with Goodwill Southern California (GSC) as the operating agency for the South Valley WorkSource Center. Last year, GSC served 92,353 individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages, including 5,581 businesses, and placed 7,490 in new jobs through programs and services offered at three campuses and 24 job service centers throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.,) Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission of “Transforming lives through the Power of Work” through operations at 65 retail stores and 44 attended donation centers.

To find a Goodwill location near you, please call 1 (888) 4-GOODWILL or visit www.goodwillsocal.org.

For more information, call 661/265-7421 or visit our Web site at www.cityofpalmdale.org/business/svwc.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, business, city of lancaster, City of Lancater, lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Elm Avenue Community Garden Growing Strong Residents Encouraged to Submit Projects for 2011 UNITE Program

November 6, 2010 marked the launch of the City of Lancaster’s Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort (UNITE) Program, which aims to provide area residents with a forum to propose neighborhood improvement projects and compete for the funding and resources they need to bring these projects to fruition. Among the efforts initiated on the event’s inaugural project day was the Elm Avenue Community Garden, under the leadership of Dave Mashore and Master Gardener Susie Bowman. Now, six months later, the dream of a thriving community garden in the heart of downtown Lancaster is still growing strong. The site celebrated its official grand opening this Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am at the corner of Elm Avenue and Milling Street. 

In November, more than 100 volunteers turned out to help transform what was once a vacant lot into a neighborhood gathering place which would also serve to provide participating families with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. In this first phase, volunteers worked together to clear weeds; dig irrigation ditches; and build planters. 

“The Elm Avenue Community Garden is an excellent example of a project with the power to truly unite a neighborhood,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Not only did it bring more than 100 local residents together to work toward a common goal on its initial launch day; it will also continue to bring neighbors together day after day, year after year as they enjoy the healthful benefits of gardening and growing their own organic produce.” 

The garden’s next major workday was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, when over 110 volunteers gathered to make further improvements to the garden, including raised bed planters throughout. Eventually, the garden will feature gardening classes for the community; a meditation area; a garden shed donated by Youthbuild; a mosaic garden sign donated by local artist Kris Holladay; and more. More than a dozen local organizations and businesses have supported the garden, including: 

• America the Beautiful Fund
• City of Lancaster
• Home Depot
• Lees Bees
• Paving the Way Foundation
• Round Table Pizza
• Superior Nursery
• Sparkletts Water
• Starbucks Coffee
• Target
• The Catalyst Foundation
• Tip Top Tree Service
• Wal-Mart
• Wallace Demolition 

“I encourage our residents to put their creativity and energy to work on projects such as this,” added Parris. “Only you know how your neighborhood could best benefit from this program. I urge you to put that vital knowledge to good use by proposing a project that would enhance your area of our community, whether it be a community garden; a mural; an after-school program; or something entirely original.” 

This year’s UNITE Program is now accepting applications. To apply, visit www.saferstrongerneighborhoods.org, click “UNITE Lancaster Program,” and download an application. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 17. Further information is available on the website, by phone at (661) 723-6072, or via e-mail at unite@cityoflancasterca.org.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley, ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, antelope valley community, Mayor R. Rex Parris, Uniting Neighbors in a Team Effort | , , , , | Leave a comment

R Rex Parris The Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference

http://rrexparris.com The Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference is North Los Angeles County’s premier business event with presentations from renown economists, industry leaders and nationally-recognized speakers.

http://www.ilivetoday.com R. Rex Parris speaks at The Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference.


 

February 23, 2011 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY BUSINESS, Mayor R. Rex Parris, OUTLOOK CONFERENCE, r rex parris, REX PARRIS | , , , , | Leave a comment