March 2018 E-Newsletter
Upcoming Chamber Events ... Please Join Us!
Friday, March 2
1st Friday Coffee Connect
8:30 - 9:30 am
Commerce Township Community Library
180 E. Commerce Road, Commerce 48382

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, March 5
Government Affairs Committee
2:30 pm
Chamber office
305 N. Pontiac Trail, Ste. A, Walled Lake 48390

The Government Affairs committee is comprised of non-partisan business professionals who work closely with the six community’s elected officials which the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce represents. The committee members act as liaisons, making connections for chamber members, chamber board, local commerce and community residents. The committee considers and reviews local, state and national issues that directly impact the Lakes Area community.
Thursday, March 8
Spotlight Lunch
11:30 am
Red Lobster
27760 Novi Road, Novi 48377

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!
Tuesday, March 13
Business n' Brewz
5:30-7:30 pm
Carrabba's Italian Grill
43455 West Oaks Drive, Novi 48377
Join members from both the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Novi Chamber of Commerce at this After-Hours Networking event. Appetizers Provided / Cash Bar.
No cost for Lakes Area or Novi Chamber members, but reservations are required.
Bring plenty of business cards for networking & door prize drawings.
Wednesday, March 14
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Andale Mexican Grill & Cantina
4385 Carroll Lake Road, Commerce 48382
Join us in welcoming new member Tony Vitale and the staff of this new area restaurant. Light refreshments will be served ... Join us for the fun ...
Thursday, March 15
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect
Easterseals Michigan
1010 E. West Maple Road, Walled Lake 48390
(from E. West Maple Road turn onto Gamma Road then a quick right to their parking lot)
8:30 - 9:30 am
Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy a light breakfast along with some great networking. Find out more about this member business and meet your next customer before you even get to the office. Thursdays are better when you start them out at the Chamber Coffee Connect - Hope to see you there ...
Tuesday, March 20
Educational Event -
Learn Why Niche Marketing Hits the Mark
10:30 am - 12 pm
Chamber Office
Join Tom Powers of Insight Business Coaching for this complimentary workshop offered exclusively to LACC members. Find out how to seperate your business from the competition and dominate your target market. Seating is limited, pre-registration is
required by calling the Chamber office at 248.624.2826.
Wednesday, March 21
Multi-Chamber Ribbon Cutting Celebration
11:30 am - 12:30 pm (ribbon cutting at 12 pm)
Center for Performance Arts and Learning
28243 Beck Road, Unit B-2, Wixom 48393
Join members from both the Lakes Area and Novi Chamber of Commerce at this Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration. You'll be amazed at the variety of services offered at this new member business. Join us and find out more ...
Friday, March 23
Comerica Novi Grand Re-Opening / Ribbon Cutting Celebration
11 am - 1 pm
Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 am
Comerica Bank
Please join us as we celebrate the newly remodeled banking center. Enjoy giveaways while you mix and mingle over lunch with Comerica staff. Don't miss this one!!!
Tuesday, March 27
Annual Meeting / State of the Lakes Luncheon
11:30 am
Edgewood Country Club
8399 Commerce Road, Commerce 48382
This annual meeting is your opportunity to hear first-hand information and talk with local government officials about issues that affect your business and your bottom line.
Reservations Required.

Sponsored By:
Wednesday, March 28
Ambassador Meeting
10 am
Chamber office
305 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake 48390

Ambassadors are making great things happen. If you're interested in joining the group, contact Laura at . Join the fun!!
Spring Job Fair
The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering again with the City of Wixom and Michigan Works of Oakland County for a Spring Job Fair.

The West Oakland Regional Job Fair organized by these groups last fall was sold out, so if you are hiring and want to participate don't delay in reserving your booth space!

For more information, contact the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 248.624.2826.
Save the Date - 2018 Golf Outing!!!
Annual Chamber Golf Outing
Monday, May 14, 2018

Edgewood Country Club
8399 Commerce Road
Commerce 48382

Registration / Breakfast 9-10 am

Shotgun Start 10:30 am

Watch Your Emails for more info...

Hole-in-One Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Breakfast Sponsor
Our Newest Chamber Members ...
1-800-Water Damage
Central Oakland County
Scott Hayward - 248.978.9210
3250 Old Farm Lane - #4, Commerce Twp.

Blind Cleaning Services
Lori Mattinson - 800.470.9059
40500 Grand River Avenue, Novi

Dave & Amy's
Dave McManamon - 248.956.8622
800 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake

Griffin's Sports Bar & Grill
Scott Griffin - 248.313.9713
2055 Haggerty Road, Commerce Twp.

Home Instead Senior Care
Jeanne Merchant - 866.472.0530
31102 Haggerty Road, Farmington Hills

Lakes Area Travel Plus
Pauline Zunich - 248.360.4940
8101 Commerce Road, Suite A, Commerce
Mando America Corpoation
Kimberley Plachta - 248.668.4368
29930 Hudson Drive, Novi

MB Financial Bank - Milford Branch
Rob Jacobs - 248.889.6600
1050 Corporate Office Dr. #200, Milford

On The Dunes Sports
Tom Widmer - 248.313.9713
2055 Haggerty Road, Commerce Twp.

Planet Fitness - Waterford
Mike Shipman - 248.599.9795
5142 Highland Road, Waterford

Trillium Staffing
Sherry Hemingway - 810.229.2033
10524 East Grand River, Brighton
2 Moms & A Mop /
Aardvark Commercial Services
Brian Galbraith - 248.714.5742
Member Since: 2017

Advance Plumbing Supply of Walled Lake
Ben Gorback - 248.669.7474
Member Since: 2015

Army - Reserve in Michigan & Active Duty
Sgt. Olen Jessie - 517.862.5209
Member Since: 2016

Color Consulting & Interior Redesign, LLC
Jill Wallace - 248.931.9354
Member Since: 2012

Edgewood Country Club
Brian Bach - 248.363.7112
Member Since: 2004

Embroidery Artists, LLC
Margaret Wright - 248.366.3124
Member Since: 2015

First & Main
Assisted Living & Memory Care
Kari West - 248.387.2961
Member Since: 2017

Heart & Harp LLC
Diane Dunn - 313.938.9847
Member Since: 2005

Jim Szegi - 248.343.6717
Member Since: 2008

McSweeney Electric
Bob Kreza - 248.465.1045
Member Since: 2008

Oakland Community College -
Highland Lakes Campus
Dr. Timothy Walter - 248.942.3223
Member Since: 1983

Quality Affordable Health Insurance
Dave Pickering - 248.682.1598
Member Since: 1994

Skull Island Camp
Kathryn Chipman - 248.789.2223
Member Since: 2017

State Representative Klint Kesto
Klint Kesto - 517.373.1799
Member Since: 2014

Wendy's Restaurant-Wixom
Kathleen Tarket - 248.347.1089
Member Since: 2000

Wilcox Realty Group-Keller Williams
Randy Wilcox - 248.224.7653
Member Since: 2008
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 Michigan Eye & Contact Lens
Friday, February 2, 2018
Thanks to Michigan Eye & Contact Lens for hosting the Chamber’s 1st Friday Coffee Connect. For more information about
Dr. Alexandra Williamson and the cutting edge technology being offered, call 248.859.4221 or visit their office at
42081 W. 14 Mile Road in Novi.
Winter Wonder Bowl at Wonderland Lanes
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold weather and icy road conditions to join us for the Winter Wonder Bowl on Sunday, February 11.

Thanks to Wonderland Lanes for hosting, our sponsors for supporting the event, our volunteers for making it all happen and the bowlers for your participation! A special thanks to Margaret Wright and Cara Gardner for Co-Chairing this event for the past several years - you do a great job!

We're already working on a theme for next year's event ...
3rd Thursday Coffee Connect - The Villa at Green Lakes Estates
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Our hosts Cena Brown, Admissions Director and Cheryl Drew, Administrator at The Villa at Green Lake Estates made everyone feel right at home at the 3rd Thursday Coffee Connect. Thanks for the wonderful breakfast and your hospitality. It was a pleasure learning more about your beautiful facility.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration at Sweetwater Entertainment
Monday, February 19, 2018
It's official - Sweetwater Entertainment is open for business! Located at 1450 S. Hospital Road in Waterford, they offer live concerts and comedy shows, terrific food and a fantastic beverage selection along with a great atmosphere to hang out with friends and family.

Stop by and check it out and tell them you're from the Lakes Area Chamber!
BEMER n' Bagels Education Event at the Chamber office
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Our thanks to Jacki Smith and Dr. Gordon Smith for educating fellow Chamber members at our BEMER n' Bagels educational event at the Chamber office.

If you would like to find out more about the health benefits of the BEMER, contact Jacki at 248.891.6908.
Spotlight Lunch at The Beach Tiki Bar & Boil
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Thanks to owner Jeff Gappy and the staff at The Beach Tiki Bar & Boil for hosting the Spotlight Lunch.

Congratulations to Susan Flynn from Real Estate One on winning a Gift Certificate for a return visit with her family!
Ambassador We Thank You Wednesday visit to Edible Arrangements
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Chamber Ambassadors Audrey Ryskamp, Laura Leist, Linda Woodford, Terri Hayosh and Amy Lazare delivered our We Thank You Wednesday treat to Ginger Page of Edible Arrangements.

Ginger has been a member of the LACC since 2007 along with participating in the Wednesday LABAT Group and attending numerous events throughout the year.
Ginger also provided the WTYW treats which were delivered during 2017 - thanks for being such a great member!

And our thanks to Linda Woodford of Tupperware who is providing various Tupperware gifts for our 2018 deliveries. We appreciate your support - it's nice to visit with a gift!!
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FIRSTNET, with all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. on board, brings public safety their own, dedicated communications platform to help them save lives and protect communities. By Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet

In many ways, the story of FirstNet is a coming-of-age story. Such stories portray a main character’s journey into adulthood when faced with some hardship that forces them to grow and mature. With FirstNet, that story is about first responders and their communications capabilities following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
FirstNet grew from a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission into a vision championed by public safety for years. That vision was advanced by Congress and carried out by the First Responder Network Authority. Now, with all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. on board, it’s become a reality.
That reality brings public safety nationwide their own, dedicated communications platform to help them save lives and protect communities. And with it, a dedicated brand just for first responders.
I’m proud to unveil the new visual identity for FirstNet products and services. Designed with only public safety in mind, this brand is rooted in 3 essential elements:
• Symbol – 3 horizontal lines represent the distinct but interconnected disciplines of public safety. They’re united in communications, symbolized by a notch in the lower right corner. This forms a speech bubble that signifies seamless communication and harmonious interoperation for first responders nationwide.
• Wordmark – FIRSTNET. We’ve bolded “first” to show that this network is, first and foremost, a solution for first responders. The technology will never be more important than the first responders it benefits. This platform belongs to them. They fought for it, and they will continue to guide its development. Plus, they’ll always be first in line for service.
• Attribution – “Built with AT&T.” We chose each word carefully to reflect the brand’s commitment to public safety.
• Built: This is a new effort, new solution and new network that is purpose-built for first responders. It’s the only communications platform dedicated to public safety. And there’s nothing else like it in the market.
• With: Collaboration with first responders will always be our foundation.
• AT&T: This is a solution built with the expertise of the nation’s largest and most reliable network provider.* So, first responders can rely on it for their technology and communications needs.
We’ll begin rolling out this new brand today. Whenever first responders see it, they can be confident that they are getting something just for them. It’s built in collaboration with them, backed by the expertise of AT&T and approved with the advocacy of the First Responder Network Authority.
The story of FirstNet is far from over. But as FirstNet continues to grow into the solution first responders demand and deserve, we’re proud of where we’ve been. And we’re excited about where we’re going, ready to help first responders nationwide overcome their communications challenges and stand strong together.
Disclaimer: No demographic or individual identifying information provided by respondents in conjunction with this survey will be retained or sold. The data collected herein is for the sole use of Interact Communications, agency of Oakland Community College, for the purposes of this study only.
Oakland County Community College is seeking feedback from the community ...
Please take a few moments to complete the survery in the link below to help OCC in their planning. Your feedback is requested by Friday, March 2, 2018.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
1 - 5 pm

2075 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
This fun filled afternoon will start with a Meet Monat, where you can learn about our premium hair care products and rewarding opportunity. .
This Super Saturday includes a hands-on training sessions to help Market Partners of all experience levels further their knowledge and skills and grow in their business. This is your opportunity to hear from leaders in the field such as Sr. Executive Director and Million Dollar income earner Toni VanSchoyck, Directors Inza Duchi, Julianne Bucher and Amy Lazare, who will be sharing tips about social media, product knowledge, business organization, successful Start smart and more.
Click here to register.
On behalf of Katherine’s Catering at Lyon Oaks, we invite you to join us for our
2018 Spring Open House which will be held at Lyon Oaks on
 Wednesday, March 21 st  from 4-7pm.
Katherine’s Catering will host complimentary strolling appetizers and beverages, a cash bar, fabulous giveaways and more! A variety of local vendors will be showcasing their services and décor. We hope you consider joining us for this free event to view this beautiful and unique event space, and to get a taste for what Katherine’s Catering at Lyon Oaks can offer for your events and celebrations.
First 50 guests will receive a free gift!
Please RSVP by emailing with your name and number of attendees. Questions? Call Katherine’s at Lyon Oaks at 248-573-7787.
We hope to see you there!
Katherine’s Catering at Lyon Oaks
52251 W. Pontiac Trail
Wixom, Michigan 48393

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