TechTown Sets Legal Workshop: “Legal Notes: Navigating the Patent Process,” a TechTown workshop, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 7:30 to 9 am. at Next Energy, 461 Burroughs St., Detroit. Want a patent but not sure where to start? Well, you’re not alone. Securing one can be a daunting process, but if armed with insider guidance, even a novice can successfully learn to navigate the system. At this event, Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor and Lansing, will share its trade secrets to entrepreneurs in need of some guidance. Attendees will leave with a firm understanding of the process, common misconceptions and pitfalls, considerations for investors or purchasers, and strategies to reduce costs.  This event is free to TechTown clients and $25 for the public. Legal Notes is a quarterly TechTown workshop focused on the legal concerns of entrepreneurs. For more information on TechTown’s programs, visit

Presentation To Study Effects Of Michigan Merit Curriculum: Join the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research as they present early impact analyses for the first graduating cohort to experience the Michigan Merit Curriculum. This first-look at results will address what has happened to student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, and college enrollment and persistence as a result of MMC implementation. In addition, representatives from the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information will discuss Michigan’s efforts to adopt new College and Career Ready standards. The conference is geared towards engaging participants in a discussion of achievement and college-going trends in Michigan, in order to consider how evidence-based practices can support educational improvement efforts at the state and local levels. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Center, 55 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing. To register, visit For questions, contact Diane Dick at the Michigan Institute for Educational Management at (517) 327-9261 or email

MidMichigan Innovation Center Presents Social Media Ideas: On Friday, Oct. 5, the MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland will present “Social Media: Five Proven Strategies To Help Your Business Grow.” The event begins with Custom Web Presence and Profiles from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Lead Caputre and Follow Up Campaigns from 10:30 to 11:30, lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Social Media Marketing from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Video and Article Marketing from 2:15 to 3, and wraps up with mobile marketing from 3:30 to 4:30. More at The MMIC is at 2007 Austin St. in Midland.

MidMichigan Innovaton Center Presents Advanced Angel Investing: On Thursday, September 6, the MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland will present “Advanced Angel Investing.” Learn how to be an angel with the new terms, handle the transaction, do the due diligence, don’t be overwhelmed. Learn now…. fresh new rules and new opportunities! The event begins with a 9 a.m. introduction on how Wall Street fails Main Street and what we can do about it. at 9:30, it’s term sheet basics — standard term sheets and when and why changes to this document make sense for the investor and entrepreneur. At 11 a.m., it’s Testing the Risk, learning good due diligence investigation skills. There’s a luncheon panel discussion at 1 p.m. with Ken Kousky, president of BlueWater Angels; Remus Leneo of Harwick Capital; Mike Sauer, attorney at Braun Kindrick; and Brian Brennaman, CEO of Altus Brands LLC. At 2 p.m., it’s transaction execution — how to actually close the deal. At 3 p.m., there’s a session on reporting — how a portfolio company should report back to investors and what both sides should expect. More at The MMIC is at 2007 Austin St. in Midland.