1. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    This year in Michigan, breast cancer is expected to impact thousands of women, who will be newly diagnosed with the disease. As an integral member of our community in Oakland County, I present you with an opportunity to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

    The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. This year’s walk is expected to bring together more than 800 people on October 7th at Rochester Municipal Park.

    As a sponsor for the walk, you can help the Society fund innovative research, educate people on steps they can take to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early, and simply provide a hand to hold so no one ever has to walk alone in their fight. Read the rest of this entry »

  2. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer.

    Join us on October 7th, 2017 ! Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., the walk/run starts at 10:00 a.m.

    Sign up at

  3. Secrest Wardle Supports Grand Rapids Area Girls Choral Academy at “Raise Your Voice” Event

    Secrest Wardle Partner, Amanda Fopma, (pictured left) and Paralegal, Laurie Weaver, (pictured right) both of the Firm’s Grand Rapids office, attended the Girls Choral Academy (GCA) “Raise Your Voice” fundraising event on April 27th, 2017. The event took place at the City Flats Ballroom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The table hosted luncheon gave those in attendance an opportunity to learn more about GCA’s endeavors to provide girls across west Michigan with the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to elevate their level of self-confidence through music. Secrest Wardle proudly served as a “Member of the Choir” sponsor. Proceeds for the event support a major portion of the organization’s operating budget.

    Amanda Fopma and Laurie Weaver were in agreement about the positive effects GCA’s outreach to young women through music has had in the community. Read the rest of this entry »

  4. Secrest Wardle Sponsors Oakland County Bar Foundation’s 18th Annual Signature Event

    The Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) presented its 18th Annual Signature Event on April 28, 2017 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. The evening included drinks, a strolling dinner, and networking opportunities with colleagues. Numerous Oakland County Circuit Court judges, as well as Michigan Supreme Court justices and Michigan Court of Appeals judges made an appearance. The OCBF partners with the Oakland County Bar Association in a collaborative effort to improve access to the legal system for law professionals and the citizens of Oakland County. Read the rest of this entry »

  5. Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice in Michigan Recognized by IP Stars 2017

    Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for its intellectual property expertise and three attorneys in Michigan were named 2017 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property.

    In Michigan, the firm’s Patent Filing and Prosecution practice received a “Highly Recommended” rating and the Trademark practice received a “Recommended” rating. In addition to the firm’s rankings, Attorneys John S. Artz, William H. Honaker, and Daniel D. Quick were selected to the 2017 IP Stars. Read the rest of this entry »

  6. LinkedIn for Artists, Architects, Designers, and Photographers

    LinkedIn is the #1 networking site for business networking. If your career is in the field of art or design, you can and should leverage LinkedIn to help expand your professional brand and market your business to reach current and future customers.

    Whether you are an artist, architect, designer, photographer, or in any creative profession – or even as a student in a creative field – you can and should be using LinkedIn.

    Attend and learn:
    -What is LinkedIn and how to make the most of this business networking site.
    -The elements of brand management as it relates to social media.
    -An overview of LinkedIn features and tools to help you showcase your portfolio and expertise.
    -How to link your LinkedIn efforts with other social media and online portfolios.

    Click here to view the flyer

  7. Oakland University a top-producing school for self-driving vehicle workers

    In the race among companies to bring self-driving cars to market and take the lead in this specialized area, the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) reported in their May 11 issue that companies are ready to hire, but the skills needed are hard to find.

    However, many of those who are qualified to work in the industry are coming from Oakland University.

    “I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Louay M. Chamra, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “The article cites that about 1.75 percent of all engineering jobs in this field are being filled by Oakland University graduates. It may not seem like a big number, but it puts us among the top five schools placing graduates in this field.” Read the rest of this entry »

  8. Oakland University to host 25th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

    The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), which provides an opportunity for engineers from around the world to compete with their uniquely-designed unmanned vehicles, will return June 2-5 to Oakland University.

    “For 25 years, IGVC has challenged university and college student teams to a world-class design and systems engineering experience that is at the very cutting edge of engineering education,” said KaC Cheok, Ph.D., co-chairman and co-founder of IGVC, OU engineering professor and Oakland Robotics Association adviser. Read the rest of this entry »

  9. Thomas P. Christy Joins Dean & Fulkerson

    The law firm of Dean & Fulkerson is pleased to announce that Thomas Christy has joined its Troy office as a shareholder. Tom’s practice focuses on representing closely held businesses and financial institutions. He has represented clients in courts throughout Michigan and Ohio in cases including contract disputes, business tort, shareholder/partner disputes, real estate litigation, and property tax appeals. He also has extensive experience in litigation affecting mortgage servicers.

  10. 52 Local Leaders Renovate Home for Human Trafficking Survivors

    Hundreds of women in Detroit have been abused, treated as possessions and traded for sex by human traffickers. Every city in Michigan has reported human trafficking incidents. But, many people don’t realize this is happening in our community.

    Women who break free from abusers often struggle on the streets because they don’t have a safe place to go.

    “As I learned more and more about how human trafficking is a problem in our state, I wanted to do something to help,” Kendra Corman, owner of H2H Consulting, said. “Creating a sanctuary for these women could give them a chance to feel safe and start over.” Read the rest of this entry »