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In Studio At #NECannaBizCon: New Ventures Consulting – The Northeast Cannabis Business Conference

Listen to this special episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice brought to you from the podcast studio on the showfloor of the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference and Expo held February 19-20, 2020, in Boston, MA, with your host, Bethany Moore! New Ventures Consulting uses time-tested, proven business strategies to show purpose-driven entrepreneurs in leading-edge and trending businesses how to navigate risks inherent in growing and scaling so that the founders can see their vision come to life and positively impact people. Jack Palis is a risk advisor and insurance consultant specializing in, and committed to, bringing the traditional business function of risk management to new entrepreneurs in today’s leading-edge and trending businesses. Businesses in new and emerging Industries like blockchain/digital assets, high-tech applications of AI, drones, etc., cannabis, craft brewery/distillery and agritainment typically have a large percentage of first-time entrepreneurs and have challenges in readily accessing needed insurance. Jack brings the strategies used by the big companies to these new business owners and shows them how to properly use of insurance in protecting their business. Since cryptocurrency hit his radar screen at the beginning of 2015, he has become a student and advocate of the practical applications of blockchain technology to business and societal problems and is committed to seeing this new industry thrive. From there, as a new entrepreneur himself, a passion emerged in helping other new entrepreneurs in other cutting edge and trending business ventures thrive. He observed that new entrepreneurs need skilled guidance to identify the unique risks to their business in these new and growing industries and to navigate the world of insurance where insurers are reluctant to cover new ventures in new fields. ln 2017, Jack completed a 37- year career has worked for several major international corporations.

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CO2 vs H2O In Cannabis Cultivation

Tune in to this episode to learn more about CO2 vs H2O In cannabis cultivation with Melyssia Santiago from CO2Meter.com. Melyssia is the Vice President of Sales at CO2Meter, she has been a key force in helping CO2Meter drive sales and exceed industry expectations, since 2015. While driving the sales growth for the organization, Melyssia has also been committed to team mentoring, providing the ultimate customer experience, and exceeding sales expectations year over year. Her dedicated advocacy for CO2 safety in restaurant and beverage industries has expanded into the cannabis cultivation and extractions facilities worldwide have earned her a reputation as a leading professional and source for gas measurement solutions in the agriculture space. One thing we enjoy about the cannabis industry is there’s more and more science being integrated into our systems and infinitely more to learn. Bethany has spoken with several NCIA members who are experts in cultivation and they talk about water a lot, H2O. Melyssia’s company’s focus is on how growers are using CO2 – Carbon Dioxide. Often identified as the “leading source” for gas detection, monitoring, and analytical solutions, CO2Meter continues to focus on the development of solutions for customers. Since its incorporation in 2006 CO2Meter works diligently to utilize the latest, proven gas sensing technologies to solve the urgent needs of its partners. ­­By providing unique, high quality, sensors, and devices CO2Meter strives each day and in each customer, interaction to provide education about gas detection and monitoring, and to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. CO2 Meter’s extensive array of business partnerships includes companies in restaurant, beverage, agriculture, indoor air quality, scientific, medical, research and academic markets. As one of the most trusted gas detection and monitoring manufacturers, CO2Meter designs and manufactures more than 350 different devices and technologies in use by customers in more than 150 countries around the world.

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In Studio At #NECannaBizCon: Perpetual Harvest with Margeaux Bruner – The Northeast Cannabis Conference

Listen to this special episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice brought to you from the podcast studio on the showfloor of the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference and Expo held February 19-20, 2020, in Boston, MA, with your host, Bethany Moore! Perpetual Harvest with Margeaux Bruner, live from the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. At Perpetual Harvest Sustainable Solutions they monitor and assess trends, external environment and internal practices; makes recommendations to develop/adjust strategy to meet the changing business and market conditions as registered lobbying agent and consultants. As former Political Director for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, Bruner assuaged and liaised policy on behalf membership, comprised of licensees and ancillary business. Bruner currently serves on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Marijuana Policy Workgroup, and held a previous appointment from former Governor Rick Snyder as a Commissioner on the Impaired Driving Safety Committee representing qualified and registered patients. During the 2018 Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, she served as a Designated Speaker and Strategist on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project. NCIA State Regulations Committee, Minority Cannabis Business Association Policy Committee, a national speaker on diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership for National Expungement Week (NEW).

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Counterfeiting, Diversion, And Gray Market Abuse In Cannabis

Tune in to learn more about counterfeiting, diversion and gray market abuse in cannabis with Terri Miller, Regional Sales Director at SignaKey. SignaKey provides encrypted track, trace & authentication technology (T, T & A). They protect products, brand identities, and brand values against counterfeiting, diversion and gray market abuses through the use of a proprietary symbology and a closed-loop process. Many listeners know about the USDA Hemp Regulations being rolled out, and anyone who’s in the hemp/CBD business with less than .3% THC has different regulations than the licensed, highly regulated cannabis industry. So anyone working with these products knows there are consequences if your plants are found to have THC levels beyond what’s allowed. We talk about the challenges for hemp cultivators related to those rules and regulations. This is a great example of using technology tools in our supply chain to support our goals. Bethany is constantly impressed with some of the booths she sees on their conference expo floors. We take a deep dive and explain the full life cycle of how this technology works regarding geotagging of plants, a chain of custody, and beyond. All this and more on today's episode with Terri Miller of SignaKey.

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In Studio at #NECannaBizCon: Asfalis Advisors And 4Front Ventures – The Northeast Cannabis Business Conference

Listen to this special episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice brought to you from the podcast studio on the showfloor of the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference and Expo held February 19-20, 2020, in Boston, MA, with your host, Bethany Moore! Asfalis Advisors was created after Vanessa Mathews took a particular interest in crisis management when as a young woman, she found herself caught up in a natural disaster for which her hometown of Atlanta wasn’t prepared. Mathews is the Founder & Chief Resilience Officer of Asfalis Advisors, a Business Resilience Advisory Firm, is also a self-proclaimed foodie, travel enthusiast, pet-lover & avid fan of the hit TV show, The Profit. As the first woman in Georgia to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Savannah State University, including a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina; Mathews remains committed to helping clients at risk, or actively in crisis, to protect their employees, companies, and reputations. Having founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris Krane now serves as president of 4Front Ventures. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, having previously served as associate director of NORML (2000-2005) and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (2006-2009). He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes. Kris’ pioneering roots in cannabis advocacy and policy provides a deep understanding of the evolving regulatory environment, which often provides 4Front a head start on seeing and evaluating opportunities.  

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Cannabis Cultivation Software With Brett Strauss

Learn more about Cannabis cultivation software Brett Strauss, President, and Co-Founder of FolioGrow. Brett is a serial entrepreneur with a 20-year background in creating, designing and selling software, primarily in the B2B space, working with companies like Oracle, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell, and Intel. FolioGrow is a cannabis cultivation software that helps cultivators make the right decisions to increase yields and profits, providing KPI’s including Which strains are the most profitable. As well as Which employees are performing the best and If your cost-per-pound (CPP) as low as it could be. We have heard of “Seed To Sale Software” but what is “Seed To Wholesale Software”? We talk about the differences, and where do the state compliance tracking systems end. For those in leadership and decision-making positions in these companies, decisions are made in lots of ways. These are instinct, experience, reporting, and spreadsheets, for example. So we talk about all the math involved in running cultivation grow and what the decision-makers in a grow should be looking at.