The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Seminar will focus on patents

Seminar will focus on patents
A free seminar, Strategic Positioning of Your Patent Portfolio: Planning for Litigation is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. Rader, Fishman & Grauer law firm partners Kristin Murphy and Glenn Forbis will discuss key IP strategies to safeguard intellectual assets. RSVP to Nancy at or 248-594-0616.

Thornton & Grooms announces oldest water heater contest 
Thornton & Grooms, a heating and cooling company based in Farmington Hills, announced that Mike Gehrls of Lathrup Village was the winner of the oldest and ugliest furnace contest. Now the hunt is on to find the oldest and ugliest water heater. Homeowners with old water heaters should visit or call 248-644-7810 to enter to win a new, energy-efficient, tankless water heater. The deadline for entry is today, March 21. No purchase is necessary. All entries will receive a certificate for $100 off a new traditional water heater or $200 off a tankless water heater. Thornton & Grooms is at 24565 Hallwood Court, Farmington Hills.

Red Level Networks hosts March Madness event
IT professionals in the Detroit metro area are invited to a free informational presentation, featuring dinner and networking, to learn how storage virtualization software and related solutions can assist in managing and reducing infrastructure costs. Red Level Networks of Novi will host the event at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Gus O’Connor’s, 42875 Grand River Ave. in Novi. The event is also sponsored by Datacore Software Corp. and Xiotech and will feature presentations with technical professionals from each company. The event will feature dinner and prizes. Register to attend by calling 248-412-8200.

Dentist contributes to grief support program
Dr. Robert Antolak, who has a dental practice in Shelby Township, is making charitable contributions to Henry Ford Hospice SandCastles Grief Support and the Smiles for Life campaign. He is inviting patients and members of the community to whiten their teeth for a reduced price with 100 percent
 of the proceeds going to charity.
For information, call 586-247-3500 or visit or

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