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Ashley Dellinger

By Ashley Dellinger, How to Stand Out in a Saturated Market |

Learn value propositions strategies that help you create products that stand out in developed categories with lots of competition. Learn how to find niche areas of the market that are ripe with opportunity. Learn how to market and speak to consumers in a way that differentiates you and builds long term loyal customers.

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Ashley Dellinger

How to Stand Out in a Saturated Market |

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With a background in cannabis that transitioned into hemp; Von has learned directly from some of the biggest thought leaders in our industry. She has run successful six figure businesses in both spaces from retail to distribution to product development.

Dustin Cox

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Dustin Cox

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Chris Sanchez

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Chris Sanchez

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Tracy King

By Tracy King, Representative |
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Tracy King

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King was born on November 9, 1960. After graduating from Carrizo Springs High School he attended Southwest Texas Junior College, Sul Ross State University and Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering. King is the Owner of Beltone Hearing Aid Center, which currently provides hearing healthcare to 16 Southwest Texas counties. He began working there in 1983 and purchased the company in 1987. He has served as a member of the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, President of the Kiwanis Club, and President of the Texas Hearing Aid Association

Calvin Trostle

By Calvin Trostle, |
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Dr. Calvin Trostle helps farmers in west Texas and beyond grow their crops in frequent drought. He is often known as 'the non-cotton guy,' conducting research and education programs in grain sorghum, wheat, sunflower, forages, guar, and alternative crops. Based in Lubbock, he also serves Texas A&M AgriLife and Texans as state hemp specialist. Calvin is a faculty member of Texas A&M Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences. He writes monthly on hemp and hosts a "First Tuesday" AgriLife hemp Zoom update.

Shira Adler

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Shira Adler is hailed as a Pioneer in the cannabinoid space. Shira developed a first in class product series utilizing a unique delivery method holistic lifestyle product series. Shira is also a highly vetted speaker, media wellness personality, acclaimed author of "The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide" and will be launching her new agritech company (EcoSynergy) in the SW. Shira is passionately dedicated to advancing eco-innovations in the cannabiosciences, tech, & sustainability sectors.

Candice Stinnett

By Candice Stinnett, |
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Innovation happened during her pain and suffering. Candice learned about cannabis when she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21. She travels the U.S. sharing her story while also learning the stories of others and educating about the transformative power to heal, energize, and nourish through plant-based wellness. Born out of a passion and excitement to care for others, Candice brought to life Emerald Organics, a cannabis wellness retailer in Fort Worth, Texas.

Matthew Clark

By Matthew Clark, Hemp Drying Basics and Advanced Strategies |

Many farmers and processors are still learning the importance of having a solid plan for drying their hemp crop. In this presentation we will cover hemp drying basics including methods and equipment as well as advanced strategies for harvest and storage to ensure you get the most out of your hemp crop.

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Matthew Clark

Hemp Drying Basics and Advanced Strategies |

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Matthew first joined the legal cannabis industry in 2015 in Washington State. With the expansion of hemp production in late 2018 he turned his attention to hemp operations as well. He has managed all aspects of cannabis and hemp production and processing across the supply chain. Matthew has worked with IEC Thermo since 2019 as the Director of Compliance.

Paul Dudley

By Paul Dudley, MicroClimate Systems for Growers – Initial Planning Creates Operational Efficiency & Savings |

CEA (Controlled Environmental Agriculture) is a technology-based approach toward production. CEA optimizes resources such as water, energy, space, capital, and labor. Upon planning and design of a facility, choosing an integrated MicroClimate System vastly reduces monthly operating costs utilizing less energy, less maintenance, less labor and reduced initial capital outlay.
This review will identify how to reach maximum operational efficiency along with lowering your initial cap-ex.

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Paul Dudley

MicroClimate Systems for Growers – Initial Planning Creates Operational Efficiency & Savings |

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Paul graduated from the University of Oklahoma with BS in Information Systems. After graduating, he worked in the Commodity Management & Field Automation groups for Texaco Natural Gas, Commodity Trading group for Texaco NGL. He then started CSInc in Tulsa, OK focusing on engineering and software consulting in high-rate data field collection systems and production data analytics. After 12 years, he sold the company and has been a consultant providing I.P. evaluation, SaaS solutions in the Cloud,

Tyrone Russell

Educate your Government Officials on Cannabis and the Benefits will last for Generations

By Tyrone Russell, |

How do you leverage your status as a small business owner to build wealth and community development? Fresh on the heels of being deemed essential during the Covid pandemic, many municipalities are turning to cannabis for its tax revenues. Government officials, like many people, still hold a negative bias towards cannabis built on propaganda. As we develop policies, it is crucial that elected officials and offices know the facts about cannabis.

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Tyrone Russell

Educate your Government Officials on Cannabis and the Benefits will last for Generations
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How do you leverage your status as a small business owner to build wealth and community development? Fresh on the heels of being deemed essential during the Covid pandemic, many municipalities are turning to cannabis for its tax revenues. Government officials, like many people, still hold a negative bias towards cannabis built on propaganda. As we develop policies, it is crucial that elected officials and offices know the facts about cannabis
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Native of Southeast San Diego, Tyrone Russell is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, community advocate and an award-winning higher education professional. Tyrone graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University. Professionally, Tyrone has worked for numerous colleges and universities as an Assistant Director, a Counselor, Faculty, and Program Coordinator. He serves on a regional committee dedicated to constructing high school leadership conferences, conducts teambuilding workshops for teachers and corporate staffs, and designs and executes seminars and trainings for youth. Formerly serving as the Coordinator of Racial and Ethnic Justice with the Community Action Agency of the Lehigh Valley, and as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh University, Tyrone executes cultural realization sessions and diversity trainings throughout the region for corporations and school districts. He assists organizations in creating strategic frameworks to increase inclusion while enhancing tools and experiences that decrease institutional and personal biases that impact culture and day-to-day operations. Tyrone has held positions on the executive board of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, Board of directors for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Board of directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Allentown, and co-founded R2C2 incorporated- a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development. Recipient of the 2017 African American Businessman of the Year Award presented by the African American business Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tyrone is the Chief Executive Officer of Faces International Marketing and Development, LLC and President of the Cleveland School of Cannabis, a career school for cannabis

Paul Tate

Reducing Risk For Hemp Growers

By Paul Tate, |

I have been in the agricultural business since 1999 specializing in crop insurance and lending to farmers. My presentation will focus on the evolution of crop insurance for hemp including what insurance products were available in 2021 and potential improvements for the 2022 crop season. I will also provide an overview of the initial observations from the 2021 hemp growing season.

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Paul Tate

Reducing Risk For Hemp Growers
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My presentation will focus on the evolution of crop insurance for hemp including what insurance products were available in 2021 and potential improvements for the 2022 crop season. I will also provide an overview of the initial observations from the 2021 hemp growing season.
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I have been in the agricultural business since 1999 specializing in crop insurance and lending to farmers. 2012-2015-COO of AgriLogic Insurance Services, an AIP under a Standard Reinsurance Agreement with the FCIC. In 2012, the Company sold about $220 million in crop insurance premiums to producers in 38 states. 2015-2019-CEO/CFO Ag Resource Management -Developed proprietary loan origination software to support over $700 million in annual loan originations. 2019-Present-Managing Member of Growtech Indemnity, a designer and marketer of hemp crop insurance solutions to crop agents and growers.

Christopher Eggers

Cannabis Physical Security and Common Pitfalls

By Christopher Eggers, |

Chris explains what is commonly required of Cannabis Businesses applying for a license. He understands deeply local law enforcements role in the Cannabis space, and how to mitigate risk. Chris looks beyond alarms, cameras, and guards and is able to help businesses avoid common pitfalls and avoid unnecessary risk.

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Christopher Eggers

Cannabis Physical Security and Common Pitfalls
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Chris explains what is commonly required of Cannabis Businesses applying for a license. He understands deeply local law enforcements role in the Cannabis space, and how to mitigate risk. Chris looks beyond alarms, cameras, and guards and is able to help businesses avoid common pitfalls and avoid unnecessary risk.
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Chris Eggers recently left a 12+ year career in Law Enforcement and spent time working undercover in Oakland, California. Chris is an expert in burglary and robbery prevention. What separates Chris from other consultants in his space, is his inside knowledge, gained from admitted offenders who taught Chris what they look for when targeting a person or business. Chris is uniquely qualified to protect your Cannabis business. Chris has spoken at multiple Social Equity Boot Camps around the US,

Andrew Cates

Cannabis Lobbying in Texas Panel

By Andrew Cates, |

The partners at Salient Strategies have decades of experience in business development and public affairs at the federal, state and local level. They represent the new generation of lobbyists in the profession with an eye on disruption and technology to modernize the practice. Salient Strategies works to develop positive relationships with elected officials and staff so that we can find mutually beneficial solutions to complex problems.

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Andrew Cates

Cannabis Lobbying in Texas Panel
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While Texas may not seem to be moving as fast as other states on legislative reform for marijuana and its derivatives, Texas has made huge strides in recent years. Will the state continue to move forward, or getting dragged back by political disagreement? This presentation will break down the political environment in Texas in 2020 and how the elections in November could impact the state of Hemp, CBD, and marijuana laws when the legislature reconvenes in January 2021.
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The partners at Salient Strategies have decades of experience in business development and public affairs at the federal, state and local level. They represent the new generation of lobbyists in the profession with an eye on disruption and technology to modernize the practice. Salient Strategies works to develop positive relationships with elected officials and staff so that we can find mutually beneficial solutions to complex problems.

Alfonso Benavides

Butane in the Field of Extractions from Cannabis and Hemp using various technologies

By Alfonso Benavides, |

Butane still occupies an important place in the field of extractions and now Butane Extraction becoming available to individuals through simplified small equipment. Other solvent and gas extractions are briefly reviewed.

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Alfonso Benavides

Butane in the Field of Extractions from Cannabis and Hemp using various technologies
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Butane still occupies an important place in the field of extractions and now Butane Extraction becoming available to individuals through simplified small equipment. Other solvent and gas extractions are briefly reviewed.
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Chemical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in Chemical Processing, Organic Solvent Extractions, Process Development and Process Equipment Design. New to the Industry he immersed himself in the Cannabis and Hemp world searching for opportunities to apply his prior chemical processing experience. After two years he decided to focus on THC, CBD, Terpenes and Flavonoids extraction methods and extraction equipment from Cannabis and Hemp. He developed a handheld extractor that uses Butane.

Michael Weinstein

Cooking Demo: CBD Infused Green Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Roasted Beet Hummus w/Hemp Infused Gremalata & Toasted Hemp Seeds

By Michael Weinstein, |

Learn to cook mouthwatering hemp dishes with renowned Chef Michael Weinstein. Learn step by step as Chef Weinstein takes you on a culinary hemp journey, from the process of decarboxylation to get CBD from the hemp flower to infusing oils for cooking all the way to creating a gourmet hemp-infused meal. Chef Weinstein has been a fixture in the Texas culinary scene for over 20 years, and has appeared on national TV and in print with his original line of Dread Head Chef products. He continues to develop the brand, inspired by the medicinal potential of CBD, merged with his love of the cannabis plant and cooking.

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Michael Weinstein

Cooking Demo: CBD Infused Green Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Roasted Beet Hummus w/Hemp Infused Gremalata & Toasted Hemp Seeds
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Learn how to cook with Hemp Flower. From the process of decarboxylation to get CBD from the flower, to infusing oils for cooking, this demo starts with a basic tutorial on infusing Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then turning it a deep emerald green utilizing the blanching of carrot tops or basil (impress your friends!) and a bit of patience. Depending on the length of the demo, we can move into a recipe for Beet Hummus, which uses the Green CBD Oil to make the Gremalata as a topping.
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Chef Michael Weinstein has been a fixture in the Texas culinary scene for over 20 years, and has appeared on national TV and in print with his original line of Dread Head Chef products. Chef has continued to develop the brand, inspired by the medicinal potential of CBD, merged with his love of the cannabis plant and cooking. The natural birth of the "Chef meets Scientist" is realized in his latest line of CBD Infused Chef driven Edibles and Tinctures.

Richard Cheng

Healthcare Provider Legal Concerns and Evolution of Medical Marijuana Programs

By Richard Cheng, Healthcare Provider Legal Concerns and Evolution of Medical Marijuana Programs |

The presentation will be provided by a Texas licensed physician who is registered with the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP), along with an attorney who has been serving the cannabis industry since the inception of TCUP and have assisted the market evolve. The discussion will look at the current status of medical marijuana programs on a national level, including the legal status involving conflict of laws issues, Medicare, DEA registration and issues with cannabis in healthcare settings.

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Richard Cheng

Healthcare Provider Legal Concerns and Evolution of Medical Marijuana Programs
Healthcare Provider Legal Concerns and Evolution of Medical Marijuana Programs |

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The presentation will be provided by a Texas licensed physician who is registered with the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP), along with an attorney who has been serving the cannabis industry since the inception of TCUP and have assisted the market evolve. The discussion will look at the current status of medical marijuana programs on a national level, including the legal status involving conflict of laws issues, Medicare, DEA registration and issues with cannabis in healthcare settings.
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Richard Cheng is a member of Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC (WJN) and regularly represents healthcare providers and cannabis businesses in transactional and regulatory matters. Prior to joining WJN, Richard was an equity partner at an AmLaw 100 global law firm where he launched and chaired the firm’s hemp practice group. Richard teaches cannabis law as an adjunct at UNT School of Law and represents a variety of cannabis businesses and investors, including the Texas Cannabis Industry Association.

James Johnson

Hemp 101

By James Johnson, Cannabis 101 |

If you’re new to the cannabis space, there are some fundamentals you should understand prior to getting involved. During this session we will cover certain Federal Regulations in regard to cannabis in addition to the different types of products extracted from the plant and how they’re used for both medical and industrial purposes. We will also cover testing and how it ties into setting prices for your products along with some lessons learned. Lastly, we will cover some reputable companies you may consider contacting.

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James Johnson

Hemp 101
Cannabis 101 |

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If you’re new to the cannabis space, there are some fundamentals you should understand prior to getting involved. During this session we will cover certain Federal Regulations in regard to cannabis in addition to the different types of products extracted from the plant and how they’re used for both medical and industrial purposes. We will also cover testing and how it ties into setting prices for your products along with some lessons learned. Lastly, we will cover some reputable companies you may consider contacting.
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Ilisa Nolan

The State of Texas Hemp: How we got there and where we are headed.

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, TDA Industrial Hemp Council Member Lisa Pittman, and Texas Hemp Coalition Executive Director Ilissa Nolan will discuss the evolution of the Texas Hemp law through the 2019-2021 Sessions, the relationship between the Texas program and the USDA, and the economic and practical development of the Texas hemp program over the past year, including challenges faced and successes shared, as well as the Commissioner’s expectations for the near and long term future of the industry.

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Ilisa Nolan

The State of Texas Hemp: How we got there and where we are headed.
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, TDA Industrial Hemp Council Member Lisa Pittman, and Texas Hemp Coalition Executive Director Ilissa Nolan will discuss the evolution of the Texas Hemp law through the 2019-2021 Sessions, the relationship between the Texas program and the USDA, and the economic and practical development of the Texas hemp program over the past year, including challenges faced and successes shared, as well as the Commissioner's expectations for the near and long term future of the industry.
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Ilissa Nolan serves as the Executive Director for the Texas Hemp Coalition that is founded to serve as the premier non-profit representing the industry in Texas. Ms. Nolan was one of the few lobbyist that worked to pass HB 1325 which made it legal to grow and process hemp in Texas. She also serves as a government affairs consultant for Booth & Associates P.C. where she works to build policy through stakeholder collaboration and educating clients on cutting edge issues surrounding state and federal environmental matters, especially topics involving agriculture, rural affairs and environmental issues. Most recently she served as the Government Relations Director for the Texas Department of Agriculture. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development with a minor in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. As well, she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University. Ms. Nolan has worked as a Congressional Intern for the House Agriculture Committee under Chairman Frank Lucas and was honored to serve as the Reading Clerk for the Texas House of Representatives of the 83rd Legislative Session. She worked as the Executive Assistant for Natural Resources Solutions, L.C. a consulting firm specialized in regulatory and non-regulatory natural resource and environmental issues. Also, she served as the Legislative Director for Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee. She is a member of the Texan by Nature Next Generation Advisory Council, Junior League of Austin and Women’s Symphony League of Austin.

Charlie Piermarini

CBD: An Viable Opioid Alternative

By Charlie Piermarini, Cannabis: An Opioid Alternative |

Both patients and providers are sometimes left helpless with pain management options. Many patients are using CBD to help with their pain, but how does it work and what does the research show? How do you approach your medical provider about starting CBD?

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Charlie Piermarini

CBD: An Viable Opioid Alternative
Cannabis: An Opioid Alternative |

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Both patients and providers are sometimes left helpless with pain management options. Many patients are using CBD to help with their pain, but how does it work and what does the research show? How do you approach your medical provider about starting CBD?
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I have been a practicing Physician Assistant for 5 years and 4 of those years have been in pain management. I have seen first hand how the opioid epidemic has affected BOTH the patient and the providers. I have seen first hand how CBD helps my patients. I started my CBD company, Restorative CBD, to ensure patients have access to quality products and the higher doses that a lot of pain patients require.

Stephen Raisner

How Aquaponic Production can Increase Flavor, Speed of Growth & Profits

By Stephen Raisner, |

All-natural, organic, pesticide-free, greenhouse, indoor, outdoor, and or conventionally grown cannabis all seem to be buzzwords, but why does it matter? Cannabis has become a massive industry, much of which relies on indoor, energy-intensive growing; heavy doses of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and rodenticides According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. global consumer cannabis spending is expected to skyrocket o $73.6 billion by 2027 organic cannabis is more important than ever.

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Stephen Raisner

How Aquaponic Production can Increase Flavor, Speed of Growth & Profits
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All-natural, organic, pesticide-free, greenhouse, indoor, outdoor, and or conventionally grown cannabis all seem to be buzzwords, but why does it matter? Cannabis has become a massive industry, much of which relies on indoor, energy-intensive growing; heavy doses of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and rodenticides According to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. global consumer cannabis spending is expected to skyrocket o $73.6 billion by 2027 organic cannabis is more important than ever.
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Potent Ponics has been building and helping Aquaponic Cannabis Farms for over 5 years around the world including Canada, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, South Africa, across the United States and else where. We provide Education, Training, SOPs, Designs, Business Plans, and much more at APMJClass.com and a wide range of fish safe nutrients and nutrient kits based on your system size as well as nutrient management services at APMJNutes.com. Host of the Growing with Fishes Podcast.

Lee Vernon

CBD/Hemp Business Start Up: 5 key components to building a successful business foundation

By Lee Vernon, |

They say, “If you build it, they will come”. That is further from the truth, especially in the CBD and cannabis business. 80% of all new businesses are OUT of business within 2-5 years due to that mindset. Having owned 13 startup companies, there are 5 key essential rules to starting up or building a business that have helped me go from an initial concept to seven figures in revenue with multiple companies. I will share the 5 main components to building a solid business foundation in the CBD and cannabis market that will put you ahead of the competition and significantly increase your odds of having a successful and profitable cannabis business. These are lessons that have been learned the hard way in the new evolving cannabis market that will save you time, frustration, and money when it comes to owning or starting a business in this incredible market. If you are thinking about getting into the CBD or cannabis business or if you’re looking to grow your current business, this workshop is not to be missed!

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Lee Vernon

CBD/Hemp Business Start Up: 5 key components to building a successful business foundation
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They say, "If you build it, they will come". That is further from the truth, especially in the CBD and cannabis business. 80% of all new businesses are OUT of business within 2-5 years due to that mindset. Having owned 13 startup companies, there are 5 key essential rules to starting up or building a business that have helped me go from an initial concept to seven figures in revenue with multiple companies. I will share the 5 main components to building a solid business foundation in the CBD and cannabis market that will put you ahead of the competition and significantly increase your odds of having a successful and profitable cannabis business. These are lessons that have been learned the hard way in the new evolving cannabis market that will save you time, frustration, and money when it comes to owning or starting a business in this incredible market. If you are thinking about getting into the CBD or cannabis business or if you're looking to grow your current business, this workshop is not to be missed!
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Lee Vernon believes a holistic journey is a better option to bring relief to those who struggle with various physical and mental issues. As a first responder with over 27 years of experience, Lee Vernon established First Responder Fuel in 2019 to develop hemp-infused products that are higher in quality and purity, making it our mission to treat our customers like family, with compassion, integrity, and honesty. Lee also does speaking engagements for various fortune 500 companies and conferences.

Johnathan McFarlane

The Cannabis Marketing Pyramid: A Step-By-Step Process to Creating a Winning Cannabis Brand

By Johnathan McFarlane, |

Johnathan is the Director or Strategy for Hybrid Marketing Co, a cannabis-specialized agency whose clients include an impressive roster of companies across the US and Canada. He established himself as a marketing leader in the Canadian market, working with industry heavyweights like Aurora, Canopy, and Tilray. Johnathan prides himself on finding creative solutions to the marketing and advertising restrictions faced by the cannabis industry .

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Johnathan McFarlane

The Cannabis Marketing Pyramid: A Step-By-Step Process to Creating a Winning Cannabis Brand
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Welcome to the new WILD WEST of marketing: the cannabis industry! Boundaries and restrictions force cannabis marketers to think creatively and take big risks. In this session, we’ll explore the strategies, tactics, and tools that you can implement in your own business. From foundational to advanced, this session provides the audience a step-by-step process to creating a winning cannabis brand.
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Johnathan is the Director or Strategy for Hybrid Marketing Co, a cannabis-specialized agency whose clients include an impressive roster of companies across the US and Canada. He established himself as a marketing leader in the Canadian market, working with industry heavyweights like Aurora, Canopy, and Tilray. Johnathan prides himself on finding creative solutions to the marketing and advertising restrictions faced by the cannabis industry.

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