by Rick Thompson/September 16, 2019
The calendar is heavily loaded with Michigan cannabis industry and community events in the last months of 2019, but three stand out as the best choices for businesspersons and entrepreneurs to attend.
Two of the events take place at Cobo Hall, recently renamed the TCF Center. This waterfront Detroit icon of industry has become a popular venue for cannabis industry business events.
Michigan’s patient services industry and the ancillary businesses supporting it have seen a surge of growth in 2019. That period of explosive expansion will continue into 2020, fueled by the launch of the recreational, or adult-use cannabis industry.
These events, plus others in Michigan and other states, can be found in the Calendar section of THESocialRevolution.org.
Here are the three must-attend events for Michigan’s cannabusiness movers and shakers.
1. Cultivating a Successful Cannabusiness by Cannabis Legal Group – September 27, Detroit
This is essentially Michigan’s master class at making a cannabis business WORK. Cannabis Legal Group has hosted eleven cannabis industry conferences in the past few years. Their curriculum now incorporates information on both trying to get licensed and how to properly manage your license.
Past attendees should take note, as these conferences are always fresh and feature insider information and tips from those in the know.
Attendees can look forward to segments devoted to:
- Compliance with federal laws while maximizing allowable deductions
- Lessons from people who are actually running successful companies already
- Trademark and protecting your brand
- Due diligence and best practices to maintain MMFLA compliance
- Raising private equity capital
As a bonus, the featured speaker is well-known former NBA star Al Harrington. He is the CEO of Viola Extracts, a major figure on the national cannabis industry skyline.
This is the conference with a satisfaction guarantee, too, per the event description. “We guarantee that this seminar will be worth your time or we will give you your money back. After all, we are the firm that state government agencies turn to for guidance regarding the cannabis industry.”
Read about all the speakers and the conference at the Eventbrite website by clicking HERE.
2. Michigan’s Commercial Cannabis Conference and Expo- October 11 and 12, Detroit
This is the second year Thomas Tong and his Cannabis-Aid organization has hosted a huge Expo and Conference at Cobo Hall, newly-rededicated as the TCF Arena. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of attendees will stream through the entry doors and hear professional speakers; see product demonstrations; talk to in-state and national vendors and suppliers of the tools needed to be in the industry today.
Over 50 speakers will provide insight into their specialties, including Darren McCarty from the Detroit Red Wings. The conference’s speaking sessions are divided into three different tracks: a Leadership track, a Hemp track and a Marijuana track, each with their own room. The theme of the 2019 Expo is “We are the FUTURE”.
The Showcase will present new technologies and products to consumers, including:
- Upcoming and new brands in Michigan
- Brands planning to come to Michigan
- Find product owners and suppliers
- Expand your capacity and offerings
This is the last big event of its kind for 2019 in the metro Detroit area. The price is nice, too. Register for this event by clicking HERE.
3. Celebrate Michigan’s First Year of Legalized Cannabis- November 10, Lansing
Celebrate Michigan’s first year of legalized cannabis use for adults at a dinner and dance held at the swanky Lansing Radisson Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on November 10.
The dinner is hosted by this author and the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group, which has held 11 medical and recreational cannabis business conferences since 2015.
Being billed as the cannabis industry’s social event of the year, the dinner attendees will include heroes of the Prop. 1 movement, star players in the current MMFLA program, ancillary industry business owners, attorneys and thought leaders opining on Michigan’s cannabis future.
There will be less education but more reflection on the past year, and speculation on what is to be in the next 12 months. Josh Hovey is one of the speakers presenting during the dinner; he is currently the vice president of Troscott-Rossman a Lasing public relations firm but is also a principal at the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MiCIA) and was the spokesperson for the CRMLA coalition.
The dinner is plated, so attendees must make their menu choices at the time they make their reservations. Options include prime rib of beef: Lake Superior whitefish; pecan-encrusted chicken; a vegan meal; or a kosher meal. The dance will follow the dinner and take place in the Grand Ballroom.
Seats are available individually or by the table. Find out more or register for tickets by clicking HERE.
You can find these events in the Calendar section of THESocialRevolution.org, which as of this writing includes more than 100 events in Michigan alone.