June 2018 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Chamber Events ... Please Join Us!
Friday, June 1
1st Friday Coffee Connect
8:30 - 9:30 am
The Neighborhoods of White Lake
10770 Elizabeth Lake Road
White Lake 48386 

Don't miss this fast, fun, FREE morning mixer. Learn more about our host and network with fellow chamber members while enjoying breakfast. It's a great way to start your Friday! We hope you can join us ...
Tuesday, June 5
Anniversary / Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Open House 4 - 6 pm
Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 pm
Serenity Massage Studio
925 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake 48390

Please join us as we celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of this new chamber member and find out more about our host business. Light refreshments provided. We'll see you there!
Tuesday, June 12
Business n' Brewz
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Griffin's Sports Bar & Grill
(inside On the Dunes)
2055 Haggerty Road
Commerce 48390  

We're brewing up business and fun at this FREE, After-Hours Networking event. Members from the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend at no cost. Bring plenty of business cards and the appetite for a good time!
Wednesday, June 13
Government Affairs Committee Meeting
9 am
Chamber Office
305 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake 48390

The Government Affairs Committee is working on several upcoming events along with spearheading the connection between the Chamber and area community leaders. If you're interested in participating in this committee, stop by and check it out ...
Thursday, June 14
Ground Breaking Ceremony
11 am
Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool
3145 Martin Road, Commerce 48390     
Chamber members and community leaders are invited to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony of this new child care / education facility to Commerce Township. Please join us in welcoming them to the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce too!
Tuesday, June 19
Annual Community Awards Breakfast
7:15 - 9:30 am
Edgewood Country Club
8399 Commerce Road, Commerce 48382

You're invited to join us as we honor the citizens, students, and businesses that deserve special recognition for their lakes area community involvement and commitment. We're looking forward to recognizing some truly deserving people - hope to see you there ...
Wednesday, June 20
Open House / Ribbon Cutting Celebration
4 - 7 pm Open House
5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting
The Villas at Westlake
10735 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce 48382       
Don't miss this fabulous Open House / Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the brand-new Villas at Westlake. Tour the facility, learn more about the amenities and help us celebrate the Grand Opening!
Thursday, June 21
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect
8:30 -9:30 am
Cutting Edge Countertops, Inc.
30475 Wixom Road, Wixom 48393
Bring an appetite for breakfast and networking to this fast, fun, free morning mixer. Break out your business cards to share with other attendees and for the door prize drawing. Find out about our host and start your Thursday off right when you join the fun!
Thursday, June 21
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration
12 - 1 pm
Worthington Crossing by Redwood
130 Abbey Road, White Lake 48383

Chamber members and community leaders are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Celebration of this apartment community in White Lake. Redwood’s apartment-homes are built with an open-floor plan - come take a look and join the celebration! Light refreshments provided.
Monday, June 25
Spotlight Lunch
11:30 am
Haang's Bistro
225 E. Walled Lake Drive , Walled Lake 48390
LACC members meet monthly at various chamber member eateries for this informal networking lunch. FREE soft drink provided with your meal purchase. No reservation required. Another great networking opportunity ... check it out!
Wednesday, June 27
Ambassador Meeting
10 am
Chamber office
The Chamber Ambassadors are making great things happen. Join this dynamic committee and get more involved while helping to grow the Chamber AND your business.
2018 Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Community Resource & Buyer's Guide
We are pleased to present our brand-new,
hot off the press 2018 Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Community Resource & Buyer's Guide. We use this publication as our primary marketing piece for our members and our surrounding communities. 
We'll be out and about distributing the new directories to both our members and key community distribution sites such as local libraries and government offices. If you would like to help distribute the directory by placing copies in your office or lobby or need additional copies for your staff, please contact the Chamber office. Our sincere thanks to our advertisers for supporting the publication.
Check out the digital edition below ... AND new this year the mobile app is now available at the iTunes store - search "Lakes Area" or "Lakes Area Community Resource" to download the app.
2018 Rockin' Under the Stars ...
SAVE THE DATE ... Genisys Credit Union and the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend Rockin' Under the Stars, the annual outdoor concert at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association, is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 this year. 

Local musician Audrey Ray takes the stage from 6:15 - 7:45 pm followed by Power Play Detroit from 8 - 11 pm . Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with your family, friends and neighbors. Food, beer, wine and soft drink concession available throughout the event. The event offers FREE parking and costs ONLY $5 per person with children 12 and under admitted free of charge. 
Terrific sponsorship opportunities are still available from $100 - $1000 we have a sponsorship level to fit your budget. Let us know how your business would like to be involved by contacting the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office at 248.624.2826.
Presented By:
Thanks to our Music Stage Sponsors:
The Doug Browne Agency
Community Sponsors:
DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Oakland Food Express
Planet Fitness - Novi

VIP Rockin' Club Sponsors:
Mike Kowall for Congress
Two Men & A Truck

Wristband Sponsors:
Genisys Credit Union
Westlake Health Campus

Supporting Sponsors:
Charles Step 'n' Wulff Prearrangement & Cremation Office
Lynn O'Brien for State Rep., District 44
Total Sports Complex
Walled Lake School Employees Federal Credit Union

On-site Food Provided By:
Our Newest Chamber Members ...
Boost Mobile
Adday Sitto - 248.859.5230
49130 W. Pontiac Trail, Wixom

CarePatrol of Oakland County
Michael Mithen - 248.522.6706
23332 Farmington Road, #413, Farmington

Farmers Insurance - Lynn Jerry Agency
Lynn Jerry - 248.559.4444
3396 E. West Maple Road, Commerce

Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool
Courtney Mertel
3145 Martin Road, Commerce Twp.

Keliher & Associates
Tom Keliher - 586.419.2035
332 S. Main Street, Romeo
Mel-A-Good Bakery
Melissa Albrecht - 248.760.7557
1529 Union Lake Road, Commerce Twp.

Pure Internal Medicine PLLC
Rainey Carmen - 947.800.7302
8391 Commerce Road, Ste. 110A, Commerce Twp.

Senior Housing Services, LLC
Sandy Spiro - 248.705.0924
7681 Kennett Square, West Bloomfield

The Lakes Community Church
Mark Pospisil - 248.254.7833
2550 E. Oakley Park, Suite 100, Commerce
California Closets
Ray Markham - 248.624.1234
Member Since 2006

Cindy Serling - Associate Member
Cindy Serling - 248.939.0711
Member Since 2015

Commerce Township Community Library
Connie Jo Ozinga - 248.669.8108
Member Since 2011

Corian Carpet & Furniture Cleaners
John Tosoian - 248.344.0747
Member Since 2006

Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Rev. John Pavelko - 248.624.3821
Member Since 1998

Culligan Water Conditioning
Justin Brazelston - 248.295.7700
Member Since 1982

Discraft, Inc.
James Kenner - 248.624.2250
Member Since 2007

Diversified Members Credit Union
Kelly Horn - 248.344.2560
Member Since 2015

Edible Arrangements
Ginger Page - 248.960.5200
Member Since 2007

Hampton Inn & Suites - Wixom
Jennifer Jones - 248.348.0171
Member Since 2017

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Romy Shubitowski - 248.325.1089
Member Since 2014

Hospitality House
Donovan Neal - 248.960.9975
Member Since 2003

Hot Works Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
Patty Narozny - 248.684.0195
Member Since 2011

Independence Village of White Lake
Carolyn White - 248.360.7235
Member Since 2000

Kickstand Brewing Company
Brendan Rogers - 248.301.5941
Member Since 2016

Lakes Area Rotary Club
Lorrie McVey - 248.390.8572
Member Since 2007

Dave Condeni - 248.960.7000
Member Since 1992

Nerium Independent Brand Partner
Dori Matkowski - 248.421.8606
Member Since 2015
New Hope Christian Fellowship
Rev. Mike Nelson - 248.886.1500
Member Since 1998

Pick Energy Savings LLC
Paul Pickell - 248.343.8354
Member Since 2017

Planet Fitness - Novi
Ellen Klebba - 248.668.1100
Member Since 2011

PNC Bank
Charles Scott - 248.926.3004
Member Since 2017

Regent Street of West Bloomfield
Kathy Wilson - 248.683.1010
Member Since 2017

Sam's Club
Timeaca Heard - 248.349.3572
Member Since 2006

Sector 7 LLC
Brian Hernandez - 248.687.6809
Member Since 2016

Staybridge Suites - Novi
David Hotycki - 248.349.4600
Member Since 2007

Sterling Home Services LLC
Ron Hanson - 248.881.3478
Member Since 2014

Steven Z. Hechtman, DDS
Dr. Steven Hectman - 248.669.5220
Member Since 2004

Studio Artiza - Hair, Skin, Nails
Susan Motley - 248.624.1200
Member Since 2010

Team One Credit Union
John Hulyk - 810.730.2012
Member Since 2017

Tedder Whitlock Consulting
Kevin Whitelock - 734.542.4200
Member Since 1992

Trijicon, Inc.
Dave Sikorski - 248.960.7700
Member Since 1997

Tuffy Auto Service Center
Art Rott - 248.624.4440
Member Since 2000

Varsity Lincoln, Inc./Varsity Ford
Vladimir Aksenchik - 248.465.8269
Member Since 2006     

Wendy's Restaurant - Commerce
Kelli Sefton - 248.347.1089
Member Since 2014

Wright Renovations
Jeff Wright - 248.396.8885
Member Since 2010
We've been busy!
Check out photos from our recent events ...
Mark your calendar and join us when you can!
1st Friday Coffee Connect at T-Mobile Commerce
Friday, May 4, 2018
T-Mobile located at 46670 W. Pontiac Trail in Commerce hosted our 1st Friday Coffee Connect. Thanks to owners Mike & Irena Guysinsky for the great breakfast and door prizes and for sharing more information about T-Mobile's services and the fabulous T-Mobile Tuesdays!
Spotlight Lunch at The Big Salad
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Members from the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce met at The Big Salad for our Spotlight Lunch. Casual networking over lunch is a great way to get to know fellow chamber members and support our local restaurants. Thanks to owner Sandra LaChance and the staff for the great food & good service. Located at 3050 Union Lake Road in Commerce, it's a terrific place for a good meal!
Muffins n' Makeovers at the Chamber office
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and make-up artist Kathe Cameron met with several ladies from the Chamber for a Muffins & Makeovers Session. Of course everyone started off looking good but Kathe added information about skin care & color selection to enhance your look at work or after-hours. Thanks for joining us - you look maaaahvalous!!
Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration at Signarama
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Congratulations to Mike & Beth Powers on their official Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting. Friends, family and fellow members of the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand to support their new business venture! Our best wishes and thanks for being a part of the LACC. We look forward to working with you to help grow your business ...
Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast at
DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital
Friday, May 11, 2018
Thanks to DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital for hosting a fabulous Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast. Members from the Lakes Area Chamber were joined by Hartland, Huron Valley, Waterford and West Bloomfield Chamber members.

Our thanks to the hospital for taking great care of area residents and supporting the local chambers in the communities they serve.
Annual Chamber Golf Outing at Edgewood Country Club
Monday, May 14, 2018
It was great to see so many of our members enjoying the day and networking along the way. It's our hope that along with being a supporter of the Annual LACC Golf Outing you also made a few business connections and gained value in promoting your business as a proud member of the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce! Thanks for joining us!!!!
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsors:      
Beka Management
The Browne Agency—Farm Bureau
Giffels Webster
Huron Valley State Bank
Insurance Advisors
Level One Bank - Novi
McKenna & Associates
Planet Fitness—Novi
Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists
Signarama of Novi
Sterling Home Services
Travel Plus / Travel Leaders

Silver Sponsors:
Andale Mexican Grill & Cantina  
Family Funeral Care
First & Main Assisted Living & Memory Care
Huron Valley Financial, Inc.
LaFontaine Automotive Group—Subaru
Mark Epps Financial Advisory Services
Modern Floors / Carpet One

Beverage Cart Sponsor:
DTE Energy

Hole-in-One Sponsor:
LaFontaine Automotive Group—Subaru/Cadillac

Breakfast Sponsor:
Tim Hortons

Lunch Sponsor:
Two Men And A Truck

Premium Hole Sponsors:
2 Moms & A Mop / Aardvark Commercial Services
AAA—C. Wallace Insurance Agency LLC
Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply

Tee Sponsors:
Kotz Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning     
State Senator Mike Kowall

Game Sponsors:
Applebee’s - Commerce
Level One Bank

Thanks to our Golf Outing Volunteers:
Marilyn Abray
Charlene Bush
Terri Hayosh
Hope Jones
Lynn Lipman
Russ Woodford

Thanks to our Goody Bag Sponsors:
Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
Carl’s Golfland
Embroidery Artists
First & Main Assisted Living & Memory Care
Kotz Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Modern Floors / Carpet One
Print Plus More
Red Lobster of Novi
Walled Lake School Employees Federal Credit Union  
And a Special Thanks to our 2018 Committee:
Matt Burns - Burns & Company, LLC
Laura Leist - 2 Moms & A Mop / Aardvark Commercial Services
John Pavelko - Crossroads Community Church
Dan Phillips - Westlake Health Campus
Audrey Ryskamp - LaFontaine Automotive Group / Subaru
Denise Sanborn - Level One Bank
Linda Woodford - Tupperware
Stacie Zotkovich - The Positive Shift

Happy Golfing!
See you next year ....
Open House / Ribbon Cutting at OTC Daihen
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Congratulations to OTC Daihen on the fabulous Open House / Ribbon Cutting at their new facility in Commerce Township. With locations all over the world it's great to have a sales / production plant right in our backyard. Welcome and Continued Success!!

Be the first to call the Chamber office and Guess the Mystery Welder and win a prize ....
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect at Action Assoc. / Work Skills
Thursday, May 17, 2018
LACC members met at Action Associates Staffing Service / Work Skills Corporation & Work Skills Foundation for our 3rd Thursday Coffee. What a terrific place. They're putting people back to work with various skill sets and in various ways. Thanks to our host for a great breakfast, fabulous tour and a fun door prize made right on site.
Multi-Chamber Coffee Connect at Costco Wholesale
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Our thanks to Costco for hosting a Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast and including both Lakes Area and West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce members!

A great way to start a beautiful day - thanks for having us. The door prize was a fabulous Costco cooler and the lucky winner was both happy & surprised to have it.
We Thank You Wednesday Ambassador visit to
Goddary Tallmay - Lake Michigan Insurance Agency
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The LACC Ambassadors made their "We Thank You Wednesday" visit to longtime Chamber member Goddard Talmay - Lake Michigan Insurance Agency. They are approaching their 55 Year Anniversary with the LACC so it was the perfect opportunity to stop by with a treat and congratulate them on their many years in business in the Walled Lake Area and thank them for their continued support. Congrats and continued success!!
25 Year Anniversary Celebration at Kids in Motion
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Members from the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to congratulate
Mary Hydorn (in the lime green shirt top right photo), owner and founder of Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy Services, on 25 years in business!

After encountering her own struggle finding local services for her son years ago, Mary set out to provide local pediatric therapy services. With 4 locations that have served the area well for the past 25 years she certainly accomplished the task! With Mindy Oaks (pictured far right) as her Patient Care/Marketing Director all locations are well represented.
Update from State of the Lakes Address
Our State of the Lakes Address is always a great way for our local government officials to share information on current happenings and relevant topics. Our plan was to have audience participation and invite questions to our guest speakers, however, things ran long and we ran out of time. Local leaders were kind enough to take time to respond to some of the questions that had been submitted by audience members at the event that day and here's their responses ...

David Scott / Commerce Township Supervisor -
1.  What will the Township do regarding Williams Ind. Relocating their headquarters?  
Commerce Township understands that Williams international is consolidating its corporate activity moving some from outside of the State to Michigan to Pontiac, but the fact is Williams Int. will be in Commerce likely for years, many name plates, desks and staff will move but many of the resources would be costly to duplicate or move and they will remain. I anticipate you will see a variety of activity but it will all be Williams they will maybe not be as active but they will continue to be a good corporate resident.
2. What type of issues did the township have with medical marijuana facilities?
Commerce Township has had a very bad experience with medical marijuana from a care giver grow stance they had flooded the community, over run the residential properties, never followed the ordinance created in 2015, never pulled permits to build, install equipment or modify electrical services or plumbing they just did what they wanted and if they were caught only then did they try to respond. But most importantly the State of Michigan had no rules and until the rules were published I would not consent to exposing the Township to a game we did not know the rules..... have you ever heard ... would you get in the ring with a professional boxer... but then the day of the match you see its Mohamed Ali but he doesnt have on boxing gloves but brass knuckles, and there is no referee ... when we see the rules we can make an educated statement if its something that Commerce wants. Currently its nothing but "Organized Crime." 
3. Why did Commerce Twp opt out to put an ordinance in place?  
We did not Opt out to create and ordinance. We had an ordinance to regulate Care Giver Grows established in 2015, and to this day April 4th, 2018 only once has a person said I want to be legal and open a care giver grow legally. Note that one person has backed out of the process and he is no longer proceeding.
Prior to January 1, 2017 we had not located a legal compliant care giver grow... we have had grows exceeding 300 plants when no more than 72 are allowed... we have only seen recreational users, and illegal uses and we have been abused as a location friendly to the growing of marijuana straining our police and fire services.
4.   What happened to the mall development?
The development is formally named "5 & Main" ! Five and Main is proceeding with the developer Bruce Aikens moving ahead at a steady pace, in the coming months you will see the results of the international shopping mall association following the convention of retailers gathering in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Aikens has an impressive list of Retail, Entertainment, Dinning, and Life Style services committed to the project....those names are protected by a confidentiality agreement. But you will be impressed. The project will be placed before the Planning Commission this year, and a conceptual layout of the project is posted in the Commerce Township hall so you can see the lay out of buildings between Pontiac Trail, Martin Parkway to create a "Downtown" it will be a great asset to Commerce and will draw patrons from Communities for miles. We are all eager to see the dinning options, and the services that will make Commerce Township their new home. I anticipate the Chamber of Commerce gaining many new members from this amazing project.
5. Summarize the status of the developments at the end of M-5 and the Beaumont Hospital site...
The property north of Maple, west of M5, and east of Welch Rd adjacent to the developing Michigan Airline Trail is nearly transacted to a new owner. We are excited to see this moving forward and once the ink hits paper we will shout praise to what is coming. It will be so nice to see this cleaned up and developed from the partial foundation and incomplete project it has become. This was supposed to be a site that Commerce was going to relocate its last to remodel Station 3 Fire Station currently on Welch Rd, and when Beaumont stopped we lost an important portion of our fire departments future. Beaumont has stepped up and is a great corporate partner and they know the commitment they made and have agreed to support our fire department. So when the property sale is complete we will have additional information to release regarding Station 3's future. It won't be a Beaumont facility with a fire station on site as originally purposed but the void will be filled and the property restored and re-purposed.
Linda Ackley / Walled Lake Mayor -

1.What is the status of the Medical Marijuana licensing dispersement

Walled Lake has had a Medical Marijuana Ordinance since 2010 so this was not a new decision. In 2008, the Walled Lake voters and the voters in Michigan approved the use of Medical marijuana by over 70%. WL decided in 2010 to have a zoning ordinance to allow and control the number of dispensaries in WL. This worked with very minimal complaints until the new law went into effect. At that time , the Sheriff ordered the dispensaries closed until they could comply with the new laws and regulations. All dispencaries in WL complied and ceased to operate.
In January 2018, the City Council approved the current ordinance that is in compliance with state law. We maintained the number of provisioning facilities (dispensaries) at 3 and added licenses in our I-1(industrial)area for up to 3 growing and processing facilities. There can also be 3 transporters as well as 1 testing facility in the industrial area. The process is in the beginning stages of accepting applications and reviewing which applicants will be awarded a license. No facility is operating in WL at this time.
I must emphasis that WL has only passed a zoning ordinance to regulate where a medical marijuana facility can be located. Allowing the use of medical marijuana is granted by Michigan law as approved by 70+% of the Michigan and WL voters 2008.
The WL council and administration does not take this ordinance lightly. There is a very complete review process for each application. If approved the city business license is held in escrow until the applicant receives a state license.

Richard Ziegler / City of Wixom Mayor -
1.Are there any future plans for the old Ford plant

I’m happy to report that the last 182 acres of the former Ford Wixom Plant property has been sold to a new owner, Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP) of Solon, OH.
ICP owns/has redeveloped other former automotive properties in multiple states, including here in Oakland County. They have indicated a desire to bring outstanding commercial and industrial uses forward for the property and we look forward to working together with ICP to transform this long vacant industrial space in Wixom.  

Irene Spanos / Oakland County Director of Economic Development & Comm. Affairs -
1.With the low unemployment rate why are we not seeing an increase in wages?

We are indeed seeing wages increasing… See the Economic Forecast from last year: https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/resources/Documents/tp_EconomicOutlook2017Summary.pdf  
(CLICK DOWN to PAGE 23)  Average Weekly rages rose. …

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Who Should Attend: Business Owners, Human Resource Professionals, Executive Leadership – For-profit, corporate business, local/state/national government agencies, advocacy groups, elementary school through post-secondary institutions etc.
Questions: Contact Nacsha Ealy, Business Relations Consultant at 248.221.9239 or EalyN1@michigan.gov
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Professional Development: Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Business Network Division, is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits
(PDCs). This Windmills Disability Awareness Training is worth 1.5 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.
Call for Youth Artists! As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the 16th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, July 28 & 29, 2018, integrates a Youth Art Competition into the professional art fair. Sponsored by Performance Residential Remodeling, this program invites young artists, ages 5-13 or grades K-8, to enter his/her works of art that will be publicly displayed during the entire art fair in the tent labeled “Performance Residential Remodeling’s Youth Art Competition.” All categories of discipline are accepted (see below), as long as the work is original and personally handmade by the student. $250 awards include one $100 Best of Youth Art and three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence. Be imaginative and creative as you begin to learn the rules of being part of a professional art show! For more information, log on to www.hotworks.org. To participate, please read the “Rules” below and complete the application.

305 N. Pontiac Trail, Ste. A
Walled Lake 48390
Phone: 248.624.2826
Fax: 248.624.2892