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      St. Louis, Missouri 2023

      5 Keys For Raising Capital in Cannabis, CBD, & Hemp

      Cannabis is a capital-intensive game. Get inside the head of an investor to understand the due diligence they do before investing in your company. We will go from a novice in raising capital to an expert in 1 hour. Going forward, investors will be much more demanding of cannabis, CBD, & Hemp startups. They expect better internal controls and better accounting policies & procedures. Investors want to see plans for their audit trail.

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      Greener Profits: Mastering Cannabis Business Finance

      | | | Sarah Bantz |

      It takes a village to raise a cannabis business. But who, and which tools, are a good match for your business? Join Sarah Bantz, an accountant with extensive experience in the cannabis industry, to review tech & institutional partner options to meet your accounting, sales, banking, cash, purchasing, financing, and HR needs. You’ll learn about options that specialize in the cannabis industry as well as those that expressly prohibit involvement. As Missouri’s market matures, new options—and new criteria— are becoming relevant. You’ll gain insights to navigate these options with confidence and learn insider industry context for your business planning.

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      The Evolving Role of the Cannabis CFO

      | | | Sandy Li |

      As cannabis matures, the roles within businesses are evolving, too. The challenges for today’s cannabis CFO are often made more difficult due to the industry’s ongoing lack of available data, the ongoing dearth of access to capital and the difficulty of attracting top talent. In this presentation, Wana Brands’ CFO Sandy Li will provide an overview of how the CFO role has changed in the industry, the biggest financial management challenges and how companies will evolve with industry expansion.

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      Disrupting Culture: Building a Strong Culture for Success in an Age of Generational Shifts

      | | | Eric Pratum |

      n this session, we will explore why culture is so critical and how to build a healthy and productive culture from scratch. We will also discuss how to change an unhealthy or unproductive culture. We’ll delve into the impact of generational shifts and how organizations can adapt to meet the changing needs of their employees.

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      4 Pillars of financial success for Cannabis Cultivation

      | | | Jesse Porter |

      Profitability isn’t a subjective conversation. You are either profitable or you are not. How you become profitable in this growing industry is the opportunity. Grow high-grade flowers to sell at top dollar. Grow for extraction and focus on secondarymetabolites produced per SF? Build a nursery that wins with shorter rooting times? All Cannabis businesses have different KPIs and this Seminar will focus on how to drive Quality, Quantity, Consistency and Operational Efficiency in all of them.

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      Entity Structures – What Every Cannabis Business Need to Know

      We will cover key points on the different types of business entities and some of the important distinctions between them. The most common thing we hear when we ask how a business is taxed is an “I’m an LLC.” which is not a taxable entity. Education on entity structures can make it easier to secure capital, save on business and personal taxes and reduce or eliminate personal liability for business debts.

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      Hydrocarbon Solvent Comparison Index: A way of predicting the performance differences between different hydrocarbon solvents

      | | | Matthew Wagnor |

      We have developed a unique tool to quantify and predict solvent performance based on two indices – Solvent Power and Degassibility – that are derived from known physical and chemical properties. Solvent properties are shown vary in a predictable and understandable manner. The tool allows extractors to make more informed decisions about solvent use and optimize solvent composition to process specific biomass, make specific products, and realize desired yield and product quality.

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      Cooking Demos on the Expo Floor

      | | | Chef Carl Hazel |

      Chef Carl Hazel offers expertise in a wide range of culinary methods — including farm-to-table, whole-animal cooking, butchery and charcuterie, confections — as well as experience in cannabis infused creative menu creation.


      Carl has honed his skills in a career spanning over two decades, during which he has worked and offered leadership in the kitchens at several of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants such as The Scottish Arms, 1111 Mississippi, Sqwires, Gamlin Whiskey house, and Oakedstl. Throughout his career, Carl has also competed in (and won!) some of the city’s best-known food events, including Taste of St. Louis and RFT Iron Fork (winner, 2011).


      Post pandemic, Chef Carl made the decision to work in cannabis kitchens as Edibles Director for the newly commenced Revolt Labs, Housing brands such as Revolt edibles, Plain Jane chocolates, and Heliocentric concentrates.



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      Business Panel: Strategies, Operations, and Growth

      | | . | Max Juhasz | Teresa Kearney |

      What can set your company apart from all the rest? How do you minimize risk and maximize profits? How do you successfully market your brand? This panel discussion and Q & A session is focused on how to grow a successful business while also learning about the newest market opportunities and emerging trends. Whether it’s marketing, business strategy, growth, legal or financial considerations, etc this panel can answer those questions from first- hand experience.

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      Marketing on a Shoe-String Budget: DIY Techniques for Personal Branding, Content Creation, and List Building

      | | | Chris Vaglio |

      Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur looking to market your product or service on a limited budget? In this presentation, we will discuss various DIY marketing techniques that can help you create a strong personal brand, generate engaging content, and build a loyal customer base without breaking the bank.

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      Cannabis IS Real Medicine

      From chronic pain and cancer, to PTSD and anxiety, Duber Medical physicians are seeing the wide range of ways cannabis can offer relief to patients, without the side effects of traditional medication. Clinical evidence is growing that shows how this complex plant can treat or manage symptoms of those suffering from physical or mental health conditions in ways that current treatment options do not. Join Dr. Morris as she covers the history of medical marijuana, as well as emerging research, personal anec- dotes and her thoughts on the future of medical cannabis for those looking to heal better, naturally.

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      How To Sell Weed Online – The Smart Way

      | | | Max Juhasz |

      Marketing cannabis can seem overwhelming if you don’t know what you are doing. This presentation will go over what works, what doesn’t work and what will be a total waste of money. Avoid the pitfalls and shiny objects that end up costing you more than what you see in return. Bring a notebook and ask questions.

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      Cannabis Security, Beyond Compliance

      | | | Tim Sutton |

      A security plan utilizing the minimum technology and operational procedures to meet compliance requirements with regulations should not be mistaken as a security plan designed to protect the people and property within a cannabis facility. No single state’s security requirements meet the physical protection standards utilized by every type of business. Most state requirements include antiquated and misunderstood elements for security compliance or fail to address many areas entirely.

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      New vs. Established Markets – How to Survive While Navigating Disruption

      | | | Mike Goral |

      New markets to cannabis can benefit from the mistakes made in the past. Capital needs will exceed projections and good record keeping, internal policies and procedures as well as prudent tax planning can help you succeed during these challenging times. This secession will help you develop best practices so that your company can grow and obtain investor confidence.

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      Cannabis Insurance-Compliance requirements and options

      Cannabis Insurance? Is it legit? How much it costs? Why do I need cannabis approved insurance? What is required by regulation authorities? How reliable are the insurance carriers?Common questions that are frequently asked by new and experienced operators, far too often many operations get insurance through “traditional” channels or through insurance agents who have no idea how the cannabis industry works. Learn what is needed and how to scale coverages as you grow.

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      Create a Culture of Compliance: Avoiding Compliance Complacency in the Face of More Regulations

      | | | Jenny Germano |

      It’s important more than ever to ensure there is a strong foundation for compliance in place, as newly awarded licensed operators enter the adult-use cannabis market. Whether you have been awarded a license, or are an existing operator or thinking about entering the market, Compliance is one of the most important factors when it comes to running a successful business under the regulatory microscope.

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      How to Develop & Succeed in the Premium Exotic Flower Niche

      | | | Rick Rainbolt |

      Learn the fundamentals and the pitfalls to avoid in developing a premium exotic flower grow facility and operation. Learn about facility development starting with selecting the correct property, the type of facility to build, how to precisely control the environment, and setting up a perpetual rotation and cultivation program. We’ll cover the (1) Facility (2) Genetics (3) Cultivation. Learn the 3 fundamentals for success in the premium exotic flower niche, the 5 fundamentals to building a premium exotic flower facility, how to set up the facility for perpetual rotation for monthly harvest and how to set up the facility to properly interact with genetics and cultivation.

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      The State of Cannabis – A Payments Perspective

      | | | Joseph Zahaitis |

      Learn about the key issues facing cannabis retailers from someone who has been doing this for over 29 years, with a focus on removing as much cash from the equation as possible. Join us for some very “un-varnished” discussion about the options facing the industry today and how business owners can prepare themselves for the future. With Joe’s extensive experience in the payment industry, he will share both facts and his observations of the industry highlighting best practices for payment acceptance.

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      5 Keys For Raising Capital in Cannabis, CBD, & Hemp

      | | | RAYMOND GUNS |

      Cannabis is a capital-intensive game. Get inside the head of an investor to understand the due diligence they do before investing in your comapny. We will go from a novice in raising capital to expert in 1 hour. Going forward, investors will be much more demanding of cannabis, CBD, & Hemp startups. They expect better internal controls and better accounting policies & procedures. Investors want to see plans for their audit trail.

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