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Who We Are

The Highland-White Lake Business Association is an organization focused on promoting and supporting businesses in the Highland and White Lake Townships. By supporting our local businesses we find that they in turn support our community through employment, through the schools, community outreach and local non-profits. The Highland-White Lake Business Association is also open to any community service leader or area resident that is interested in making a positive impact in our community.

As a business organization made up of local business and community leaders we feel it is imperative to support our area businesses by building networks and encouraging area residents to shop locally. In addition to forming lasting friendships with other proactive leaders in and around our community, each member is given exposure through our online, customizable business listing . Additional benefits include bi-monthly networking opportunities, quarterly Women In Business events, special advertising opportunities and the opportunity to host a monthly coffee.

The HWLBA coordinates many community service projects annually and awards college scholarships to outstanding area graduates. Giving through community service commonly reaps recognition and appreciation from our local citizens. Such efforts often result in more traffic through your local business. We are proud to support and participate in such community events as the Red Box Food Drive, events at the White Lake Twp Library and Highland Library, Highland concert series as well as special events that occur in the community, such as the Highland Feed Re-Boot Square Dance, to name a few. Thank you for your interest in learning more about HWLBA. We invite you to become a member of our organization and help us support our local businesses and community. Please let us know how the HWLBA can be of service to you.

You can give your business card to many people and network anywhere. But, does it result in more and better business?

The HWLBA isn’t about giving your cards to hundreds of people; it’s about creating connections that grow your business and help you become more effective.

To be sustainable you need to maintain relationships with people. The community impact of your business relates to social sustainability. We provide opportunities for you to connect with other members, the community, and business resources to assist you to sustain and grow your business. Here are some highlights of what to expect:

  • Attend over 30 business building opportunities to network and receive referrals

  • Enjoy free (and low cost) professional development

    These programs are for you and your staff at our Lunch & Learns and TGIF Coffee

  • Develop stronger ties in the community

    We do this through our involvement with our Highland Community Prayer Breakfast,
    Money Camp, awarded $3,000 in scholarships to Huron Valley Schools’ students, sponsored various community
    events and through our involvement in the Highland Community Round Table.

  • Use exclusive advertising discounts

    We provide exclusive advertising discounts with the Spinal Column and Monthly Shopper.

  • Participate in Leaders in Business & Women in Business events

    These growing events utilize members that bring their businesses and skills to the forefront with member and non-member participants.


Director: Ann Giese

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The Board

Hwlba Board

The HWLBA Board is a comprised of volunteers from our membership.  These amazing people dedicate their time and energy to make the HWLBA successful.  Every September the Board is nominated and elected, however, Directors can be added at anytime.  Would you like more information?  Below is an application for the Board of Directors.  In addition, there is this year's nomination form.  Get involved!  We need you!

Board of Directors Application


Board Officers
PresidentShelley Dickerson, Huron Valley State Bank
Vice PresidentTami Flowers, Highland Township Clerk
TreasurerLori Woods, Five Star ACE
SecretaryLeslie Ruggles, Freedom Work Opportunities
Past President AdvisorLori Woods, Five Star ACE
PhilanthropyChristina Truss-Welsh, STS Athletic Complex/The Lift
ProgramsLynne Johnson-Benaglio, The Red Poppy
MembershipAndy West, Vandrey Self Storage
Director at LargeSheri Miles, Huron Valley State Bank
Director at LargeJordyn Najduk, Huron Valley Community Coalition
Director at LargeMelinda Maher, Flowers of the Lakes
Community Liaisons
Highland DDAMissy Dashevich
White Lake Twp SupervisorRick Kowall
Huron Valley Council for the ArtsSioux Trujillo
Highland Twp SupervisorRick Hamill