Getting Your License, Now What? 4/12/23

Getting Your License, Now What? 4/12/23


Just received a license, anticipating a license, or considering a license?


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2:30 – 3:00 Registration

3:00 Welcome and…

3:00 – 3:45 Industry Trends featuring Quality Roots and Bridgette Fonseca
Quality Roots
Michigan’s premier cannabis company, offering over 200 products from the state’s best licensed brands, each having met the standards set by the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency. With Michigan dipensaries strategically located to also serve major Ohio metropolitan areas, Quality Roots is positioned to participate in emerging markets in the midwest, the northeast, and New Jersey. A can’t miss presentation for retailers in the making.

Bridgette Fonseca
Bridgette Fonseca – Cannabis Consultant
Bridgette has been working in the cannabis industry for eight years and has seen the unique challenges that the industry has faced from COVID to Adult Use. Bridgette transitioned from the pharmaceutical industry into the cannabis market in 2015. She worked for the largest MSO where she held multiple titles and ran the highest volume retail locations in the world. “I love the industry and the amazing people that show up to work everyday to make the industry what it is.”

3:45 – 4:30 Building Your Team featuring Cannabis Equity Employment, White Ash Group, Holistic Solutions LLC, and Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Cannabis Equity Employment
Based in Lambertville, New Jersey, Cannabis Equity Employment is a job database that provides a pathway to employment in the cannabis industry and beyond, specializing in assisting individuals with prior cannabis convictions. Are you a prospective employer who embraces the concept of restorative justice? This discussion is for you!

White Ash Group
A North American team of knowledgeable, empathetic and well connected individuals who are dedicated to providing a seamless end-to-end hiring experience. They do the hard-work to bring you the best candidates the industry has to offer while advocating for equitable, diverse and inclusive hiring practices and candidate pools. With over 20+ years of recruitment experience and a sole dedication to the cannabis industry, they offer bespoke recruitment services rooted in the practice of head-hunting that aim to provide the best solutions for companies of all sizes. Seed to sale. Roots to suits. And everything in between.

Holistic Solutions LLC
Holistic Solutions LLC is set to establish itself in the newly legalized adult use market in NJ and is led by a BIPOC woman of Jamaican, African and Taino descent. Suzan and her partners have established themselves as leaders set to revolutionize the current industry providing quality, affordable cannabis, along with education, and wellness services.

Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Archer & Greiner, P.C. (Archer) is a different kind of law firm, and their clients know that from the start.The firm’s forefathers emphasized integrity, devotion to their clients and superior legal counsel — tenets that Archer attorneys embrace today. They nurture our relationships with their clients and their employees for long-term success. Archer provides a vast array of services and is experienced in nearly all areas of law. They provide full-service litigation and transactional capabilities in every one of their offices. Whether a corporation, government entity or individual, they have the knowledge and capacity to represent you. All of their clients receive expert legal services in every area of the law from commercial litigation to family matters from their team of more than 175 lawyers across four states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. They are ranked among the top 200 law firms in America and are one of the largest in the region with offices in Voorhees, Princeton, Hackensack, and Red Bank, New Jersey; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and New York City.At Archer they see the world a little differently – they’re confident you’ll agree.

4:30 – 5:15 The “Punchlist” featuring Grow America Builders, Sprague Energy, and Canna RE Group
Grow America Builders
Engaging in construction of your cannabis facilities? Grow America Builders is a national design/build/construction consulting firm specializing in the cannabis industry. Grow America Bulders comes to us with experience in dispensaries, cultivation facilties, consumption lounges, labs, extraction rooms, craft grow houses, and greenhouse centers.

Sprague Energy
Welcome Sprague Energy to the Punchlist. The NJCBA preferred energy partner, Sprague Energy serves an array of commercial accounts, providing products, tools and market intelligence to help you control costs and manage complex energy needs. Sprague’s local account managers draw from a diverse selection of products to deliver tailored energy solutions, while providing exceptional customer service, precise attention to detail, and the actionable insights you need to manage your energy costs. A can’t miss conversation whether you are in retail, cultivation, or manufacturing.

Canna RE Group
Looking for a one stop shop? Canna Real Estate Group offers a range of commercial cannabis-specific real estate, architecture, construction and capital markets solutions, financial consulting, and cannabis consulting services to the owners and operators in the cannabis industry nation wide.

5:15 – 6:30 Cannabis Compliance featuring Dutchie, Finacial Resources Federal Credit Union, Citrin Cooperman, and Longview Strategic
With so many facets to compliance, come hear from Dutchie: an all-in-one technology platform powering the cannabis industry with Point of Sale, E-Commerce, Payments, and Insurance. Dutchie can help you start, operate, and grow your cannabis business.

Financial Resources Federal Credit Union
You will need much more than your driver’s license when you open your “marijuana related business (MRB)” account at a financial institution. Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, a NJ-headquartered insittution with thousands of members across the country is bold entrant to the financial resources space of the cannabis industry. Hear from the experts how to open and maintain a compliant MRB account.

Citrin Cooperman
Citrin Cooperman is one of the nation’s largest professional services firms, helping companies and high net worth individuals find smart solutions. Whether your operations and assets are located around the corner or across the globe, we can provide new perspectives on strategies that will help you achieve your short- and long-term goals.

Longview Strategic
Longview Strategic provides advisory services and industry insights to public, private and non-profit entities throughout the country, collaborating with leaders to translate ideas into valuable results and enduring outcomes. They advise entities pursuing licenses and developing operations in regulated cannabis markets, as well as companies engaging with cannabis businesses from other industries. With years of active experience, Longview Strategic has been able to provide top quality counsel, secure hallmark resources and connections, and sophisticated writing services for a wide variety of successful clients.

6:30 – 7:15 Marketing & Branding featuring Wana Brands/Terrascend, Stu Zakim, and NJ Cannabis Insider
Wana Brands/Terrascend
With a mission of enhancing lives through the power of cannabis, this Boulder-based, woman-owned business enriches the lives in all of the communities they serve not only by virtue of their decade long journey in producing excellent products for customers in the U.S. and Canada, but their focus on matters of social and economic justice.

Stu Zakim
President of Bridge Strategic Communications and a well-known member of the cannabis professional community, Stu Zakim comes to share his years of experience in public relations, event marketing, content strategy, and brand marketing.

NJ Cannabis Insider
Billions of dollars are at stake in a market so lucrative that entrepreneurs everywhere are eyeing New Jersey. It’s an economic opportunity unrivaled, but obstacles loom large. Our team of renowned journalists from and The Star-Ledger will inform you about the issues, policies, laws, regulations, politics and people making an impact on the cannabis industry, community and marketplace. NJ Cannabis Insider will help you make smarter decisions and connect you with others in the industry.

7:15 – 9:00 Program Conclusion and General Networking

Times are approximate – schedule subject to change.

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