August 2017 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Chamber Events ... Please Join Us!
Friday, August 4
1st Friday Coffee Connect
8:30 - 9:30 am
Travel Plus / Travel Leaders
8101 Commerce Road, Ste A, Commerce
Join us for this fast, fun, FREE morning mixer.  Find out more about our host and meet your fellow chamber members at this networking event. See you there ...

Saturday, August 5
Genisys Credit Union &
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
present 7th Annual  Rockin' Under the Stars
6 - 11 pm
Multi Lakes Conservation Association        
3860 Newton Road, Commerce
Join the fun at this outdoor summer concert complete with beer tent and fantastic food!
FREE Parking - $5 / person
5:30 pm - Gates Open
6:15 pm - Audrey Ray
8:00 pm - Power Play Detroit
Food Concessions Provided by:
Carrabba's Italian Grill & Dickey's Barbeque Pit

Friday, August 11
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration
10 - 11 am
Crossroads Psychological Center
7805 Cooley Lake Road, Suite 300
West Bloomfield  
Show Me A Map!     
Join us in welcoming Dr. Deb Hamilton and
Dr. Priscilla Zoma and their business to the Chamber.  Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday, August 16
Business n' Brewz
Drafting Table Brewing Company
49438 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
5:30 - 7:30 pm
FREE to current chamber members.  Appetizers provided / Cash-Bar.  Join us for this After-Hours networking event at one of our newest members.  Reservations Required.

Thursday, August 17
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect
8:30 - 9:30 am
Avon Beauty Center Waterford
4670 W. Walton Blvd., Waterford             
Show Me A Map!
Can't make the Friday Coffee events?  We have the solution for you.  It's our NEW 3rd Thursday of the month FREE morning mixer.  Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy a light breakfast along with some great networking.

Thursday, August 24
Spotlight Lunch
11:30 am
Twins Coney
8374 Richardson Road, Commerce    
Show Me A Map!
Informal networking over lunch.  FREE soft drink provided with your meal purchase.  Hope you can join us!

Our Newest Chamber Members ...
Karyn Kokeny - 248.296.2517
West Bloomfield

Detroit Business Graphics
Marvin Loveless - 248.250.8250
1150 Atlantic Street, #430, Milford

Drafting Table Brewing Company
Aaron Rzeznik - 248.956.7279
49438 Pontiac Trail, Wixom

Hampton Inn and Suites
Jennifer Jones - 248.348.0170
49025 Alpha Drive, Wixom

PNC Bank
Charles Scott - 248.926.3000
49200 W. Pontiac Trail, Wixom

State Representative Jim Runestad
Jim Runestad - 517.373.2616
Anderson House Ofc. Bldg. 
N-893 House Ofc. Bldg., Lansing

Wixom Community Foundation
Rene' Saenz - 248.560.1375
P.O. Box 930753, Wixom

All Tire & Service Center
Tom Phillips - 248.363.1541
Member Since: 1982

American Plastic Toys Inc.
David Littleton - 248.624.4881
Member Since: 1967

Andrew H. Berry, D.O.
Andrew H. Berry - 248.363.4265
Member Since: 1976

CJ's Brewing Company
Anthony Asker - 248.366.7979
Member Since: 2004

Commerce Village Dentists
David Pulgini - 248.363.5388
Member Since: 2001

Culver's of Wixom
Charles Paisley - 248.303.3978
Member Since: 2013

The Digital Document Store
Carla Gorton - 248.684.1110
Member Since: 2010

DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital
Sara Abrin - 248.937.3300
Member Since: 1985

E-Tax Services

Brian Papo - 248.896.0400

Member Since: 2006

Edward Jones Investment Services
Sean Heatherton - 248.926.0097
Member Since: 1999

Facial Beauty Dental
Gordon P. Smith, DDS
Jacki Smith - 248.669.4141
Member Since: 2006

Hampton Inn - Commerce
Adrian Shayota - 248.624.8100
Member Since: 2013

LaFontaine Automotive Group - Highland
Audrey Ryskamp - 248.887.4747
Member Since: 2009

Lakeside Coney Island Family Diner
Vangjel Manushi - 248.859.2954
Member Since: 2016

Modern Floors//Carpet One
Pat Wlodarczyk - 248.624.0333
Member Since: 1982

NGK Spark Plugs (USA)
Denise VonWill - 248.926.6900
Member Since: 1997

Andrew Androff - 248.926.9999
Member Since: 1998

State Farm - Michael J. Rygiel Agency
Michael Rygiel - 248.596.1800
Member Since: 2006

Staybridge Suites - Novi
David Hotycki - 248.349.4600
Member Since: 2007

Studio Artiza - Hair, Skin, Nails
Susan Motley
Member Since: 2010

Village of Wolverine Lake
Nathan Burd - 248.624.1710
Member Since: 1979

Watkins Flowers
Cheryl Orman - 248.624.4507
Member Since: 1976

We've been busy!
Check out photos from our recent events ...
Mark your calendar and join us when you can!
Orangetheory Fitness Ribbon Cutting
July 11, 2017
TSS Accounting Ribbon Cutting
July 12, 2017
Spotlight Lunch - Lena's Kitchen
July 13, 2017
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect - Comerica Bank Commerce Township
July 20, 2017
Greek Jalepeno Ribbon Cutting
July 26, 2017
Ambassador Group "We Thank You Wednesday"
visit to Uncle Buck's Party Rental
July 26, 2017

Thanks to Edible Arrangements for providing the lovely fruit gift!

Genisys Credit Union 
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Rockin' Under the Stars

Popular local bands, Audrey Ray and Power Play Detroit, will headline Rockin’ Under the Stars, presented by Genisys Credit Union and the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, August 5, on the grounds of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce. In its seventh year, the event is expected to draw more than 3,000 visitors, who will be treated to a high energy show which combines country, pop, classic rock, and dance music.

Audrey Ray, from Highland, Michigan, has performed at 99.5 WYCD's Downtown Hoedown, at Aqua Palooza on Lake St. Clair, and for country star Dierks Bentley at the Common Ground Music Festival. Power Play Detroit, a classic rock cover band, has been voted a WDIV Local 4/Click On Detroit Best Local Band. They have headlined at the Milford Memories festival, and have performed at the Detroit Grand Prix, Livonia Spree, the Dream Cruise and on the WCSX Music Stage at VillageFest in Grosse Pointe.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m . Audrey Ray will kick-off the evening of entertainment at 6:15 p.m. Power Play Detroit will take the stage at 8:00 p.m . The cost for the event is $5 per person, with free parking and no cost for children ages 12 and under. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Carrabba's Italian Grill and Dickey's Barbecue Pit wil l be on site to provide the food concessions. There will also be beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. No coolers, carry-ins, or lawn chair bags will be permitted. Event participants are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food and personal care products to the show. These items will be donated to Hospitality House Food Pantry in Commerce Township.

Thanks to our Sponsors ...
Charles Step Prearrangement & Cremation Services
Comerica Bank
Edgewood Country Club
Embroidery Artists
First & Main Assisted Living and Memory Care
Graphik Concepts
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Senator Mike Kowall - Your State Senator
                                  Lakes Area Community Coalition
                                      Lakes Area Rotary
                       Lederman Kwartowitz Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
                                    Level One Bank
                                    Modern Floors / Carpet One
                                          Walled Lake School Employees Federal Credit Union
                                                               Westlake Health Campus                          
                                        Zeal Credit Union

Advertise Your Job Opportunities on the Chamber Web Site ...

The newly re-designed Chamber web site now has a spot to help advertise your job opportunities.  Send us your information and we'll be happy to include your job postings on the web site. 

Send your job posting information to:

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 248.624.2826.

Check out the listings we already have on the site at

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Zeal Credit Union kicks off ninth annual Backpack Drive  

Zeal Credit Union is partnering with Pathways to Potential, a program of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), to collect new backpacks and new school supplies for needy students in Michigan.   “This is our ninth year to hold a backpack drive that helps students be better prepared for the start of school,” said Tiffany Sweet, youth and community development coordinator for Zeal Credit Union. “We want to help children by giving them the tools they need to be successful in school and to feel good about themselves.”   In addition to new backpacks, everyone is welcome to donate new folders, notebooks, pens, scissors, pencils and other school supplies.   All of Zeal Credit Union’s 12 branch offices in metro Detroit will have collection boxes available through Friday, August 18, 2017. For more details and location information, visit   All of the supplies will be distributed through Pathways to Potential, which removes barriers to success for students and families and delivers services where people need them by stationing MDHHS caseworkers called success coaches in schools.   Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made at Zeal Credit Union branch locations.   “Community partners like Zeal Credit Union are invaluable to Pathways to Potential as we work to keep children in school,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “It is difficult for students to succeed if they don’t have proper school supplies, and our success coaches have seen that children are more likely to miss school if they don’t have the proper supplies.”   Sweet said, “The backpack drive is another of many ways in which Zeal demonstrates the credit union’s values of character, empathy and passion for members and the community-at-large.”   For more information about Pathways to Potential, visit   Zeal Credit Union is a full-service, non-profit financial institution with more than 61,000 members, assets exceeding $555 million and 12 full-service branch offices in metro Detroit. Members also have access to more than 5,000 shared branches and nearly 30,000 ATMs nationwide. Member deposits are insured to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information about Zeal Credit Union, visit the credit union website or call 800-321-8570.
  In partnership with the DIA and the new Commerce Library, the Commerce Twp Downtown Development Authority is coordinating an art exhibition from Monday, August 7 to Monday, August 14, 2017. The display, with the name DIA INSIDE/OUT POP-UP, will exhibit  in the Commerce library reproductions of master pieces from the valuable DIA collection.

The following Impressionists  paintings will be in display: Portrait of postman Roulin, by Vincent Van Gogh; Gladioli, by Claude Monet; Spring, by Dwight W. Tryon; Summer, by Dwight W. Tryon; In the garden, by Mary Cassatt.

As part of this event, on Thursday, August 10, from 7 to 8:30 P. M. a representative from the DIA -with the title "Behind The Seen"- will speak about the paintings, the masters and their work.

Several upcoming seminars are being offered by Cara Gardner with Mark Epps Financial Advisory Services. 

Wednesday, August 9; 6 pm
"Investing in the Modern World"
The Skyline Club
2000 Town Center, Southfield MI 48075
$15 / person includes light appetizers

Wednesday, August 16; 11:30 am
"How to Invest Wisely for Business and Personal Security"
Level One Bank
37100 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Twp. 48304
Complimentary Lunch Included

To register your attendance or questions, call 248.203.5955

Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
305 N. Pontiac Trail, Ste. A, Walled Lake 48390
Phone: 248.624.2826
Fax: 248.624.2892