Lakes Area Business Alliance Team (LABAT)


LABAT is a “hard networking & qualified referral sharing” group of Lakes Area Chamber Members. The primary goal of LABAT is to help our members develop strong relationships among each other for the consistent exchange of ideas, resources and qualified referrals that will generate new business. These groups are category exclusive (comprised of one person from each professional specialty) and the members are committed to helping one another through networking and referrals. Regularly scheduled LABAT group meetings have been structured on a bi-weekly basis to provide a supportive system of Giving and Receiving qualified referrals.

LABAT Supply Fee

LABAT – Lakes Area LABAT Connectors
Every other Tuesday: 8 – 9:30 am.

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram located at 1111 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake 48390

Tuesday Group Members Include:

Banking – Shelley Dickerson, Huron Valley State Bank

Chiropractic – Dr. Jason Ellis, Family Chiropractic & Wellness

Computer Consulting – Jeff Lipshaw, AFL’s Knights of Technology (LABAT – President)

Consulting – Jerry Scrivo, Mastermind Consulting Network, Inc.

Dentist – Karen Dacey, Facial Beauty Dental

E Commerce/ CPL – Rick Squires, RW Squires & Associates

Financial Services – Cara Gardner, Mark Epps Financial Advisory Services

Fitness Coach / Personal Trainer – Nancy McDaniel, Formula for Fitness

Health & Wellness – Jacki Smith, Bemer Group

Health & Wellness / Supplements – Lynn Lipman, HempWorx (LABAT – Secretary)

Hypnotherapy – Walter Rosenblum, Associates in Hypnotherapy

Insurance – Doug Browne, The Browne Agency / Farm Bureau (LABAT – Vice-President)

Merchant Services – Tim Harry, Beyond Payments

Mortgage Services – Tim Merritt, Ross Mortgage Corporation

Multimedia Video Production – Brian Baert, Ripsaw Media

Real Estate – Deborah Falzon, Keller Williams Realty

Senior Living – Jen Matschikowski, American House West Bloomfield

Senior Services – Kari West, CarePatrol of Oakland County

Travel – Sandie Slusher, The World of Travel

LABAT – Professional Networking Group
Every other Wednesday: 8:15 – 9:30 am

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram located at 1111 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake 48390


Wednesday Group Members Include:

Advertising / Promotional Products– Lou Goutman, Advertising Alternatives (LABAT Vice-President)

Banking – Kevin McIsaac, Huron Valley State Bank

Barrier-Free/Handicap Modification Contractor / Builder – John DeBona, Specialistic Construction, Inc.

Computer Consulting – Jeffrey Lipshaw, AFL’s Knights of Technology (LABAT President)

Dentist – Steven Z Hechtman, DDS, PC

Flooring – Brandi Stribbell, Modern Floors / Carpet One

Hair Care – Lynn Lipman, Monat Global

Health & Wellness – Jacki Smith, 2URHealthMI

Health & Wellness Online Shopping Club – Jill Wagenberg, Melaleuca (LABAT Secretary)

Insurance (Property & Casualty) – Evan Bahs, Insurance Advisors

Insurance (Health) – Dave Pickering, Quality Affordable health Insurance

Mortgages – Teri Ciucci, Cross Country Mortgage

Real Estate – Carol Wagner, Real Estate One

Recruiting/Staffing –  Express Employment Professionals


LABAT – Lakes Area Business Connectors
Thursday: 8:00 – 9:00 am (2nd & 4th Thursday of each month)

This group is meeting virtually until further notice.


Thursday Group Members Include:

Bank – Julie Fargo, Level One Bank

Commercial Cleaning / Organizing – Stephanie Ellerholtz, Sort of Stephanie

Dog Training – Susan Walker, Clarkston Canine Services

Health / Skin Care – Kathe Cameron, Mary Kay Independent Business Owner

Human Resources Outsourcing – Deneen Macedonia, Trion Solutions

Identity Theft, Legal – Jim Szegi, LegalShield

Insurance – Kevin Hays, Preferred Underwriters, Inc.

IT Services – Elisha VanBuren, Sector 7

Photography / Videographer – Mark Einhaus, Media Hero (LABAT Secretary)

Real Estate – Jolie Abreu, Keller Williams Realty (LABAT President)

Remodeling – Michele Sweeney, Kitchen Tune-Up

Wealth Management – Michael Zurek, Nichols Financial, Inc.



To become part of a group contact the Chamber Office @ 248.624.2826 or email us at
Join Now Before Your Competitor Does !!

The value of membership with Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has been immeasurable.

Our involvement has help to grow our business, increase our exposure in the community and connected us with people we now consider family.

We originally joined the LACC to participate in the Chamber coordinated West Oakland Regional Job Fair but have since become active on the Government Affairs Committee, Young Professionals Committee along with attending many of their networking coffees, lunches and after-hour mixers as another way to connect with area business people.

Chad Hartung
Marketing Director, AT&T / Midwest Mobility Solutions

I have been a member of the Lakes Area Chamber for 9 years now and I’m so glad I joined!

Not only have I grown my business through the many referrals I have received (many of them from the wonderful people in my networking group) but I have also grown my centers of influence. I now have a growing list of hardworking, fun, customer-focused friends in this community to call on when my clients need their services. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in. So, join today and get active!!

Cara Gardner
Advisor, Northcoast Wealth Management

I love being a member of the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

To me, it provides the trifecta of benefits. It affords me the opportunity to be up to date with my local commerce growth to gain referrals, provides me opportunities of ownership in my own community to volunteer and gives me exposure to other businesses that I may refer to my own clients. At Huron Valley State Bank, I pride myself in the ability to assist my clients with their banking needs but also serve as a trusted resource adviser by matching them with my fellow chamber members for additional services that may enhance their ability to grow their business more effectively.

Sue Vanderwill
Vice President Regional Branch Manager, Huron Valley State Bank

I joined the Lakes Area Chamber four years ago and have enjoyed every minute!

What a great group of professional entrepreneurs. From networking to support you will feel welcome. If you want to grow your business, I highly suggest you join the Chamber today!

George Sinanis
Web Fox Marketing

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