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Friday, August 27, 2010

Wesley Berry Flowers giving away 12,000 roses

Wesley Berry Flowers giving away 12,000 roses

Wesley Berry Flowers is celebrating its 65th anniversary on Wednesday by giving away 12,000 roses in bunches of a dozen to any adult who visits one of their shops between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m, or until supplies last. The flower shop has locations at 2985 Haggerty Road in Commerce Township and 6677 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township, as well as two shops in Detroit. Wes Berry, owner of Wesley Berry Flowers, says there’s one catch, those who receive free roses have to make a promise to keep one for themselves and give the other 11 away to different people. This is done in an effort to become acquainted with new people or to renew old friendships during what he calls, “Good Neighbor Day.”

Chase plans Wednesday job fair

 Chase will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Embassy Suites, 850 Tower Drive, Troy. Chase plans to hire up to 50 full-time employees for its Troy Mortgage Operations Center. Available positions include processors, closers, underwriters and team managers. Applicants should bring resumes and come prepared for interviews.

Chamber presents “Network and Learn”

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber will present “The Yes! Network” with founder Michael Jeffreys at their “Network and Learn” gathering at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Vintage House at 31816 Utica Road in Fraser. Jeffreys offers ways to connect with others, tips on how to use body language, and how to talk positively to create a better customer experience with sponsorship from Avid Payment Solutions, Beaumont Hospitals, HAP and Integrated Benefit Group. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be provided. There is no charge for chamber members. The cost is $10 for nonmembers. Networking begins at 5 p.m. with Jeffrey’s presentation beginning at 6:10 p.m. To register, visit or call 586-731-5400, ext. 10 or 13.

Butzel Long attorney honored

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Beth S. Gotthelf is one of 20 attorneys named to the 2010 Michigan Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An awards luncheon will take place on Sept. 16 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Gotthelf heads up the environmental, energy and land-use practice.

Annual Innovation Forum on tap

 Applied Innovation Alliance will sponsor the fourth annual Innovation Forum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The forum will focus on leadership, management and engineering perspectives for businesses. The program is currently sponsored by Red Cedar Technology and HEEDS Professional, Aversien Sciences and Abby, Applied Innovation Alliance and Innovation RainMakers, Clarke Ventures, Fluid Insights, and CNVGenes. The cost is $195 per attendee and includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch. Seating is limited to 80. For more information, call 248-682-3368 or e-mail

College offers "green building" program

 St. Clair County Community College’s Workforce Training Institute is offering a new green residential building program on the Port Huron campus. The program will run from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 4 to Feb. 28. The class will prepare students for entry-level employment in the residential construction industry, especially with firms interested in upgrading their sustainable business practices. The program will focus on residential building and remodeling using the United States Green Building Council’s LEED residential green building standards. The program consists of the following modules: basic core construction, carpentry fundamentals, carpentry framing and finishing, green/sustainable construction, CPR/first aid, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies. Students must complete pre-assessment testing at least one week prior to class start date. For details or to register, call 910-989-5788 or visit

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