Cannabis businesses across New England are set to gather virtually in less than a month for an event that includes panel discussions, industry updates and networking.
Cannabis Insider Live New England is set for Nov. 10. Registration is already underway for the three-hour event and tickets are available for those interested in learning more about cannabis in the region and discussing best business practices within the industry.
Cannabis Insider Live is a year-round set of conferences and webinars that provides networking opportunities and information into the billion-dollar marijuana industry including for medical and adult uses.
The New England targeted event will take place on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early bird tickets specials are available through Oct. 15
The virtual conference will include several guest speakers and seminar discussions to help current businesses thrive and entrepreneurs succeed.
Those attending the event can expect the following from the conference.
Breaking down barriers: Black and Brown professionals succeeding in cannabis
MassLive reporter Melissa Hanson will lead the discussion that will examine what’s working within the industry regarding social equity programs from people of color and where the industry can improve.
People of color experience unique challenges within the industry. This panel hopes to explain why as well as provide possible solutions.
Security in the Cannabis Space
Cannabis retailers have similar security protocols including several checkpoints to present identifications. Any windows must be frosted or covered so the public can’t see inside. Cameras are also a mainstay, but security within the industry goes much further.
This panel will dive deeper into securing a business including questions of cybersecurity within the cannabis industry.
Navigating the financial business of cannabis
Banking can be a confusing hurdle within the industry as cannabis remains illegal at a federal level.
This panel will tackle the complexities surrounding banking regulations to ensure businesses can secure a strong financial footing.
The panel plans to cover topics including the importance of insuring not only a business but cash flow, the risks associated with both and how insurance can alleviate some of those risks.
Panelists will also discuss tax deductibility, asset protection and long-term financial and risk management benefits.
Commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts
In 2011, she founded Chica Project, a non-profit dedicated providing opportunities for young Latinas and other women of color by empowering them with the skills and tools necessary to thrive personally and professionally.
For more than 20 years, she has served as an adviser and strategist to local, statewide and congressional campaigns for women and candidates of color.
CEO and Founder, 6 Brick’s LLC
6 Brick’s was awarded a Provisional License from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and hopes to open in the fall of 2021.
A Springfield native who earned her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Payton was inspired to venture into the cannabis industry after reading Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow.”
She started 6 Brick’s LLC with the help of her parents and sister. Shubrick strives to debunk myths around the use of cannabis within the community while being a good neighbor.
Founder, Freshly Baked Company
Smith is a veteran who helped found Freshly Baked in 2018 with fellow veteran Jenny Roseman. Each discovered cannabis to be an effective way of managing PTSD from the military.
Smith is an Iraq combat Marine and Rosemn was a 9/11 first responder at the Pentagon while in the Air Force. They aspired to start a company that could help others who suffer from PTSD.
Executive Vice President, CaptiveOne
Mattern has three decades of entrepreneurial experience, most recently serving as the executive vice president at CaptiveOne.
Before joining CaptiveOne, he served as CEO of GeoToll Inc and was the owner and CEO of Florida Bracing Centers, Inc., one of the largest orthopedic bracing/DME businesses in the South East. During his tenure as CEO, he was responsible for driving a four-fold increase in the company’s revenue over six years while maintaining industry-leading profitability.
Owner and President, Drive Research
Kuhn has more than 15 years of experience working in market research. He has consulted for hundreds of regional, national, and global organizations. His experience includes all variations of market research design and project management. He is a certified VoC professional with a focus on innovation and new product management.