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    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MSU Management Center, Troy

    MSE Detroit Presents:

    “The Sale and Marketing of Cannabis in Michigan”

    Thursday, December 15, 2022


    at MSU Management Education Center

    811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy

    Presenters:  Benjamin Sobczak, Member, Dickinson Wright Law Firm

    Myles Baker, Associate, Dickinson Wright Law Firm

    Moderator:  Joseph Melnick, Director of Client Development & Sales, Dickinson Wright

    This program will include an overview of the current state of the cannabis industry in Michigan, how the industry has changed in the past year and the outlook for the next 12 months as the industry continues to evolve.  Entering the third year since legalization, the companies that grow, produce and sell marijuana are making some significant changes to their business strategies which will be explored.  The industry has gotten increasingly competitive, with hundreds of brands competing for attention. At the same time, relatively few cities in Michigan have opted to allow marijuana sales within their borders.

    Other challenges include: There were 80 unique cannabis brands that made a sale in Michigan’s cannabis market in 2019, the first year the cannabis market intelligence firm Headset started tracking this data in the state. In 2020, that increased to 512 brands; in 2021, that number rose further to 775. So far this year, 766 unique brands have made a sale.  Meanwhile, the average retail price for an ounce of recreational marijuana flower dropped to $116.84 in August, the most recent data from Michigan's Cannabis Regulatory Agency shows, down from $222.42 the same month a year ago.

    Included will be the legal and regulatory landscape and challenges for various players in the industry.  There will be time for questions & answers at the end of the program.


    $60/MSE Detroit Members;

    $75/Guest, Non-members;

    $150/Event ticket + MSE Detroit Basic Membership (Special opportunity!);

    $550/Corporate Table of 8 (includes table sign & logo on screen)

    Price includes networking reception & dinner; cash bar available.

    Sponsorships are also available.

    Event Schedule:

    • 5-6PM:  Registration & networking
    • 6-7PM:  Dinner
    • 7-8PM:  Program

     Benjamin Sobczak is an experienced litigator with an emphasis on shareholder and close corporate disputes, collection actions, private securities litigation, class action defense, and business torts. He also serves as outside general counsel providing regulatory and transactional-based services to cannabis companies in various jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and conferences and is recognized as a leading legal contributor to the Michigan cannabis industry. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Ben served as the Chief Legal Officer for a vertically integrated cannabis company with operations in Michigan and Massachusetts. In that role, Ben gained invaluable experience as a business operator and entrepreneur. That expanded perspective enables him to fully appreciate client needs and develop practical and cost-effective legal solutions in furtherance of their success.  

     Myles J. Baker practices in the areas of regulatory cannabis, complex business litigation, and labor and employment litigation. Myles received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Myles began his career with Dickinson Wright PLLC by joining the firm as a Summer Associate in back-to-back years during 2015 and 2016. Myles’ ultimate goal is to utilize his wide range of skills and knowledge to provide effective legal counsel and achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.


    • Thursday, January 12, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Reliance One

    The Ripple Effect! 

    New Year's Kickoff Event 

    Thursday, January 12th, 2023


    at Reliance One Headquarters

    1700 Harmon Road, Auburn Hills

    Reliance One, Inc. is hosting a New Year's Kickoff Event on January 12th, called


    Create The Ripple Effect in your Network...imagine a tiny ripple that will eventually grow into a Tidal Wave! 

    If it is your New Year’s Resolution to grow your network, please consider attending this amazing event on January 12th.

    • This will be the 1st Annual The Ripple Effect event, so don't miss it. 
    • No need to dress up. Wear what makes you comfortable. Leave the suit at home (unless that is what you prefer, that is ok too).
    • Invite friends from your own personal network … Chamber of Commerce, Networking Groups, and anyone who wants to expand their circle of influence.  Come out and meet new people.  Build your own network from a Ripple to a Tidal Wave!

    Presenter:  Heather Grove, Reliance One, Inc. -- "The Power of the Ripple Effect" 

    "Little by little, a little becomes A LOT!"

    You'll also hear Local Coaches & Training Professionals share why Goal Setting is way more important than a New Year's Resolution!


    • Lisa Goyette, President & Co-Founder of CH Coaching & Training
    • Jeff Bajorek, Sales Trainer for Parabola Consulting, LLC
    • Matt Stephens, Sales & Business Consultant, Gerry Weinberg & Associates
    • Rob Wicker, Executive Career Development and Program Manager, The Barrett Group

    The evening's schedule:

      • 5:00 -- Doors open
      • 5:00 – 5:30 Networking / Registration
      • 5:30 – 6:30 Presentation
      • 6:30 – 7:30 Networking
    • $20 per person
    • Special Opportunity! $110 per person (includes event ticket and MSE Detroit Basic Individual Membership)
    • Event Sponsorship $100 (Sponsorship will include recognition on Chad Toms'  personal network [Linked In, Facebook, & Twitter].   The information will be shared by Reliance One's social media, as well as, to the entire MSE Detroit’s social media network and newsletter.  In addition, your company will be recognized at the event.  You will be able to place promotional items on the shared sponsorship table.)

    Past events

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Holiday Meet & Greet!
    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Fall Meet & Greet!
    Wednesday, August 24, 2022 MSED Luncheon: "Horses to Horsepower: Michigan's Past Meets Its Future"
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit Summer Meet & Greet
    Tuesday, July 12, 2022 What to Expect -- The 2022 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
    Thursday, June 23, 2022 A Fireside Chat with Frank Venegas
    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Webinar: "Dream Big! Accelerator"
    Thursday, March 24, 2022 Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit Meet & Greet March 2022
    Thursday, February 17, 2022 Don’t Get Sued—Protect Your Creativity. What Marketing Needs to Know About Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets
    Thursday, January 27, 2022 Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit Meet & Greet
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Motivations to Good Decisions: Getting to the Root of the Issue
    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Top 10 LinkedIn Strategies for 2021
    Thursday, June 17, 2021 Motor Bella 2021
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Business Security Awareness
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Identity Theft Awareness
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Role of Marketing, Sales and Communications Executives
    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Characteristics Employers Want to See in Salespeople
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Sales Strategies for 2021: Hunters and Farmers
    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 More Than Just Your Experience – 15 Tips on How to Have a More Memorable Interview
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 “You Got the Interview – the First Step of Many on the Road to an Offer”
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 “How to Tell a Compelling Story with Your Resume”
    Tuesday, December 08, 2020 Developing Your 2021 Success Plan
    Tuesday, December 01, 2020 How to Market Your Business in a Pandemic: For Small Professional Service Firms
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 The New Marketing Model: Do More With Less
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 The Power of Podcasting and Why You Should Start One
    Tuesday, November 03, 2020 Masterful Networking
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Successful Strategies to Increase Sales via LinkedIn - The Digital Sales Cycle
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Accelerating Growth in Recovery
    Friday, February 21, 2020 Brenda Meller LinkedIn
    Thursday, December 05, 2019 December Networking - Come Play at WeWork
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 MSE DETROIT Evening of Excellence 2019
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Tap Into Your Passion at Atwater Brewery
    Thursday, August 01, 2019 The Mind. The Myth. The Millennial.
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 OESA 5th Annual MarComm Summit
    Monday, June 24, 2019 Golfing Fore Scholars - Fiesta Edition
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Strategies to Motivate & Coach Your Team!!!
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Dueling Forecasters - Automotive Roundtable
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Detroit City FC - Family Friendly!
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Executive Luncheon Series - Ramzi Hermiz
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 A Conversation with Rod Alberts
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Professional Development Workshop: Do you know how to SELL your company’s VALUE?
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 MSE Detroit Annual Meeting "Rescheduled from January 30th due to cold temps"
    Thursday, December 06, 2018 "Fireside Chat" with Ramzi Hermiz
    Monday, October 08, 2018 The Rise of MaaS: Mobility as a Service
    Monday, October 01, 2018 Work-Life Balance and Book Signing
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 MSED Networking Happy Hour @ Fogo de Chao
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Leader Dog For The Blind - Leadership Program
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 OESA MarComm Summit: Modern Methods for Telling Your Company Story
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Executive Luncheon Series - Patricia Mooradian
    Friday, June 22, 2018 2018 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 Thrills for Skills at M1 Concourse
    Friday, April 20, 2018 "Creating a Customer-Centric Digital Marketing Strategy"
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The 2018 MSED Evening of Excellence
    Tuesday, March 06, 2018 MSED The Female Executive Perspective - A Panel Discussion
    Friday, February 23, 2018 MSED Forgotten Harvest Community Building Event
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 A Conversation with Matt Simoncini
    Monday, February 05, 2018 MSED Marketing Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Fowling - A Detroit Success Story
    Monday, December 18, 2017 MSED Marketing Committee Meeting
    Friday, December 15, 2017 Holiday Networking Luncheon
    Friday, December 15, 2017 Sales & Marketing Workshop: Essential Leadership for Sales & Marketing Rock Stars
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 MSED Membership Committee Meeting
    Friday, October 27, 2017 Sales Training Workshop: Reading People Better to Make More Sales
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Executive Luncheon Series - Jacqui Dedo
    Friday, July 21, 2017 2017 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit MSED & Scholarships
    Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Executive Luncheon Series - Andy Appleby, United Shore Professional Baseball League
    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Automotive Roundtable: Staying Relevant in a Time of Revolutionary Industry Transformation
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 Marketing & Sales MEETUP
    Friday, April 21, 2017 CyberSecurity and Its Implications for Sales Professionals
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 SOLD OUT! Executive Luncheon Series - Steve Miller, IAC
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 Networking at Valentine Vodka
    Thursday, February 23, 2017 Marketing & Sales MEETUP
    Thursday, February 16, 2017 Mobility – Its Disruption to the Auto Industry and Beyond
    Friday, January 20, 2017 Ten Key Questions for Leaders: Moving from the Urgent to the Important
    Monday, December 19, 2016 Marketing & Sales MEETUP
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 Holiday Networking
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Marketing & Sales MEETUP
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 The MSED Evening of Excellence
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 The Automotive and Economic Outlook for 2017: Bumps in the Road Ahead
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 "Detroit Riverside Chat" with Quicken Loans' Jay Farner & John Fikany
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Summer Networking at Detroit City Distillery
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Executive Luncheon Series - Stephanie Bergeron, Walsh College
    Friday, June 24, 2016 2016 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit Scholarships
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Automotive CEO Roundtable
    Friday, April 15, 2016 Using LinkedIn to Increase Business
    Thursday, March 31, 2016 Executive Luncheon Series - Carl Camden, Kelly Services
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The Next Generation Economy: Insights from Detroit Entrepreneurs
    Thursday, February 18, 2016 "Fireside Chat" with Steve Miller, Steve Kiefer & John McElroy
    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Automotive Industry Outlook: Opportunities & Risks for 2016
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Holiday Networking
    Friday, November 20, 2015 Effective Selling for Non-Selling Professionals
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Executive Luncheon Series - Mike Brosseau, Brose NA
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Roadblocks as Accelerants
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Summer Networking
    Friday, June 19, 2015 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit Scholarships
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 "Concept. Acquisitions. Marketing: The Talmer Bank Story"
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 Automotive Roundtable: International Edition
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The Problem of Yes!
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Guts, Glory, RAM: Redefining a Brand
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Networking at Valentine Vodka
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 Automotive Industry Outlook: Opportunities & Risks
    Friday, December 05, 2014 Professional Development Seminar: "Networking 2.0"
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 MSED 21st Annual Awards Gala
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Shinola Detroit: An Inside Look at the Company's Story
    Friday, September 19, 2014 Professional Development Seminar: "Building Brand Value"
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit Scholarships
    Thursday, July 24, 2014 Annual Automotive Roundtable - "Managing Growth in Innovation"
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Motorsports Marketing and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 The Fiat Brand Storyscape
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Spring Networking
    Friday, January 24, 2014 Professional Development Seminar: "Prospering in a Multi-Cultural World: Developing a Critical Job Competency"
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Holiday Networking at BlackFinn
    Friday, November 15, 2013 Professional Development Seminar: "The 10 Biggest Mistakes Exhibitors Make at Trade Shows"
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MSED 20th Annual Awards Gala
    Thursday, September 26, 2013 The Business of Detroit Sports - Luncheon Panel
    Thursday, August 15, 2013 Marketing & Sales Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit Scholarships
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Annual Automotive Roundtable - "Creating, Capturing & Retaining Value"
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Automotive & Defense Industry Partnerships: Fostering a Better Understanding
    Thursday, April 25, 2013 Monthly Meeting: "Defining Moments in Leadership - A Group Discussion"
    Friday, April 12, 2013 Professional Development Seminar: "Social Media - The Ultimate Feedback Loop: Opportunities & Challenges"
    Thursday, March 21, 2013 Automotive Journalists Panel: "CEO for a Day"
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Networking at Valentine Vodka
    Friday, January 25, 2013 Locking Out the Competition: Ten Ways to Build Customer Loyalty
    Thursday, December 13, 2012 December Monthly Meeting with Mark LaNeve, Global Team Ford
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Internet Marketing Workshop: From Qualifying Leads to Closing Sales
    Thursday, October 18, 2012 MSED 19th Annual Awards Gala
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Workforce Crisis: Maneuvering the Baby Boomer Hole and the Generation Gap
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Sales & Marketing Professionals' Golf Outing to benefit Scholarships
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Annual Automotive Roundtable - "Automotive Trends - Looking Ahead to 2025"

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