Orleatha Smith: Co-Founder of InclusivePay talks Cannabis payment processing, the CBD Summit and spotting niche business opportunity

In our chat, Orleatha and I dig into: Her career as a serial entrepreneur and how each business has informed the next; The state of payment processors in the cannabis industry today; The launch of her free upcoming CBD Summit and why it's an invaluable resource for anyone looking to get into the booming CBD industry; How to spot a gap in the market and follow up to see if it’s an opportunity worth pursuing; Researching a biz niche before jumping in; Orleatha's top tips for productivity and connecting with people in any industry!

Andrea Brooks: Co-Founder & CEO of Sava talks online marketplace tech, cannabis business strategy and building successful brand partnerships

In our chat, Andrea and I dig into: Her background working in non-profits & NGOs and the crossover from those experiences into the work she’s doing today; The disabling injury that led to cannabis playing a crucial role in her recovery and how that inspired her to enter the canna space; The evolution of Sava’s online platform — focusing on customer experience, multi-brand management, and complex delivery logistics; Behind the scenes of Sava's vetting process for partner-brands that focuses on customer feedback, values alignment, and a deep commitment to sustainability; And more!

Beryl Solomon: Founder of Poplar talks CBD e-commerce, parlaying business skills from one industry to another & the importance of using one's privilege for social justice

In our chat, Beryl and I dig into: How she went from being a 20 year fashion industry vet to canna entrepreneur; Recognizing her vast business experience in operations, supply chain, finance, merchandising, marketing & strategy and parlaying these skills into a new industry; Working out the kinks to create a seamless buyer experience on an e-commerce site; The importance of being meticulously legally compliant and thoroughly vetting all the products; The power of connecting, treating others with kindness and not burning bridges; Recognizing the ways the war on drugs has disproportionately affected communities of color and using her platform and privilege to focus on bail reform for low level marijuana offenses; And more!

Jennifer Skog: Founder of MJ Lifestyle talks unexpected career evolution, lessons learned founding the first ever luxury cannabis publication and the importance of female community

In our chat, Jennifer and I dig into: Her career evolution from soccer-mom/photographer to magazine founder; Coming out of the canna closet over and over; Bootstrapping her venture from start to finish and collaborating with like-minded women; The one thing she'd go back and change about her process/mindset when she first started MJL; The power of all-women work spaces; The unexpected lessons she's learned thus far running a print & digital magazine; And more!

Kim Sanchez Rael: CEO of Azuca talks fast acting & predictable CBD edibles, the intersection of science and culinary creativity and the future of cannabis food service

In our chat, Kim and I dig into: Azuca’s proprietary process for making edibles fast acting and predictable; Their initial product line, which includes sweeteners and syrups (and more) that can be added to food and beverages as the building blocks of a sophisticated culinary cannabis experience; We discuss what it’s been like Introducing CBD Products to the food service industry; Azuca’s unique focus on breakthrough science and culinary creativity; We discuss strategy for partnership, growth and expansion; She shares where she sees the future for cannabis in food service is headed; And more!

Rachelle Robinett: Founder of Supernatural talks CBD in the wellness industry, the dos and don't of product marketing and herbal allies to cannabis

In our chat, Rachelle and I dig into: The state of CBD in the wellness industry and how it’s being used in product lines; Her thoughts on the current trends in the canna industry; What type of products she would like to see come into the market place; Where she's seen some product makers get it wrong, What not to do when marketing or conceptualizing a CBD product; Herbal allies to cannabis; Hot wellness space trends; And more!

Sasha Perelman: Founder of Revolver Productions talks successful cannabis event planning, creating brand impact & thinking outside-of-the-box for industry opportunity

In our chat, Sasha and I dig into: the biz of event planning & production, how it's evolved over the years and where she believes it’s headed; Getting your brand message across effectively and creating impact; Her recent project, MARY Talks, in which she partnered with Mary Magazine, to hold events to educate the masses on cannabis as a wellness and lifestyle tool; What’s inspiring her in the industry right now; Where she sees opportunity for those interested in getting into cannabis business; Challenges she’s faced and lessons learned as an entrepreneur; And more! 

Chef Stacey Dougan: Co-Founder of Simply Pure Vegan and IV & Twenty talks plant-based eating, cannabis infused fine dining & advice for starting your own biz

In our chat, Stacey and I dig into: Her passion for teaching stems from her own life-changing experience overcoming numerous health issues; Her latest business venture IV & Twenty, which creates plant based cannabis infused fine dining experiences; Stacey's focus on inspiring others to embrace more plant-based foods in their diet without feeling deprived; Tips for managing life as a busy mom & entrepreneur; Her best advice for starting your own business (hint: don’t be lazy); And more!

Denise Biderman: Co-Founder & CEO of Mary's List talks cannabis freelance marketplace, carving out your niche and mental toughness

In our chat, Denise and I dig into: Her years as a multi-time Junior Taekwondo champion, how that led to multiple knee surgeries and eventually using cannabis to help her heal; Going west to explore a mature cannabis market place to get firsthand experience and how she parlayed her attorney skills; Denise shares the aha moment when she realized there was a gap in the marketplace and she came up with the idea for Mary's List; We also chat about networking, learning new skills and pushing through rough times to reach your goals; And more! 

Laura Beohner: Co-Founder of The Healing Rose Co talks cannabis entrepreneur life, R & D, product formulation, and keeping her company lean

In our chat, we dig into: The inspiration for her company’s name (hint: it's doggy-related); We talk about the company's process of taking an idea to inception; How Laura and her co-founder Zack learned about formulating organic skincare via an online course; Ways in which they kept the company lean so they didn’t have to take on investors; How creating standard operating procedures and staying organized has contributed to the company's success; Withstanding the ups & downs of entrepreneur life while wearing a gazillion hats and working 90+ hr weeks; And more! 

Jamie Garzot: Founder of 530 Cannabis & Roots Consulting talks biggest trends for dispensary owners, customer trends in cannabis for 2019 and tips on connecting with local community

In our chat, we dig into: Jamie's lessons learned from years of experience running successful businesses in and serving the cannabis industry; How cannabis can be a benefit to a community and local economy and tips on connecting with your local community what it takes to be successful  in the cannabis business, especially now that everyone seems to now want a piece of the “action”; What some of the biggest challenges are today for dispensary owners; Her thoughts on Customer trends in cannabis for 2019; And more!

Naomi Granger: Co-Founder of Dope CFO talks the state of accounting for cannabis business, the most common canna-biz financial woes, protecting your biz & becoming a canna accounting professional

In our chat, we dig into: the state of accounting for cannabis related businesses today and why Experienced bookkeepers, accountants and tax professionals are needed in a big way to service the cannabis niche; the most common financial woes plaguing cannabis business owners today, and how to avoid falling victim to them; being in the know of the ever-growing list of compliance concerns, banking issues and federal tax limitations for growers and dispensaries; what to look for in a cannabis business accountant and the questions to ask; how someone interested in serving the cannabis accounting niche can get into business
and more!

Barbie Sommars: COO of Mary Jane University talks high end cannabis-infused dining, the intersection of art & science and the love of cannabis through adornment

In our chat, we dig into: Why educational cannabis events are a critical part of the industry’s transition and growth; How her events are creating an art form around cannabis-infused dining and a feast for all senses; The challenges that cannabis event organizers face and how Barbie manages them for her own events; The importance of taking the time to thoroughly research and vet potential business partners, vendors, exhibitors or sponsors to ensure their business practices are aligned with your values and standards; and more!

Robin & Chaos: Co-Founders of The Farmaceuticals Co talk Feminist principles as a guide for business, environmental sustainability in cannabis and the importance of whole-plant extraction

In our chat, we dig into: The origins of the company and how it was inspired by their moms; What Clean Green Certified means and how impacts the flower & environment; How running a “sustainable” company impacts cost and the financial bottom line; Managing the rollercoaster of new regs as they come; Navigating bringing a company to life without a business background; How their feminist principles guide Robin & Chaos in everything they do and more!

Dusti Arab: Brand Strategist, CEO of Cannabis Bakeshop & Dir of Ops at Oov Mag talks content marketing, establishing brand guidelines and customer engagement

In our chat,  Dusti and I dig into her super cool mom’s work as a high-end cannabis chef; The twist and turns of taking edibles to market; The importance of content marketing for cannabis brands (and getting it right!); Not depending on social media to house all of your brand’s content; Building your email list to communicate and engage directly with your customer; Dusti’s picks for brands that are doing it right; Being community-centric and actively uplifting voices that aren’t getting heard; How to establish your brand guidelines and more! 

Gillian Levy: Co-Founder of Humboldt Apothecary talks effective customer messaging, the impact of some cultivation practices and pivoting fast to meet changing regs while still serving your customer

In our chat,  Gillian and I dig into her path from botanist, environmental consultant and herbalist for 20 years to cannabis entrepreneur; The way in which some cultivation practices have impacted the environment & watersheds in the Humboldt community and how compliance/permitting with agencies can be a great opportunity to restore balance to ecosystems that have been impacted by grows; Jumping into business from a place of passion and figuring it out along the way; Learning how to effectively communicate your message to your customer; The value and enriching experience of connecting with your customer and receiving real time feedback; Pivoting quickly to reformulate thousands of dollars worth of inventory to comply with a new regulation and while continuing to meet customer needs; How Gillian and Susan brought their tinctures to market; Rebranding product packaging to convey trust, quality & consistency while meeting the demands of new regs and critical consumer feedback; Things to consider if thinking about getting into the tincture business; And more! Tune into our chat now!

Lyna Thompson: Founder of the 420 Book Society talks the ups & downs of biz partnership, podcasting about cannabis and creating community online

In our chat, Lyna and I dig into the story behind how she & Nick started podcasting together about their ‘normal’ and having open and honest conversations about cannabis in daily life; Launching the super cool 420 book society and how it all works; Considerations when thinking about or going into a business partnership with someone; Building a business as a solopreneur and creating community online; Lyna's favorite cannabis book recommendations and more! Tune into our chat now!

Emma Chasen: Cannabis Educator & Industry Consultant talks relationship management, the problem with the indica/sativa binary and the new budtender & retail on-boarding training she's created

In our chat, Emma and I dig into her really cool family tie to Penne alla vodka; The origin of her love for plants and how that led to her formal medicinal plant research; How she jumped into the world of cannabis and became portland’s best budtender of 2016; Why Emma believes relationship management is crucial to success in any area; Why the industry needs to stop perpetuating indica/sativa binary and instead focus on chemotypes to determine effect; She talks about the new online & in person on-boarding training she’s created for budtenders and the retail community (so awesome!); And lets us in on her new cannabis radio show, her current CBD experiment and more!  Tune into our chat now!

Whitney Beatty: Founder & CEO of Apothecarry Brands talks career transition, taking a product from concept to market and why more investments need to go to companies led by women and people of color

In our chat, Whitney and I dig into her transition from reality TV producer to Canna industry CEO; The process of bringing a product to market for the first time and the challenges she encountered along the way; Why Whitney went the accelerator route for her company and what she learned; What new entrepreneurs should be focusing on before taking any money at all; Whitney's experience as a woman of color in the cannabis industry, the lack of investments going into companies led by women and people of color  and her work supporting and mentoring women coming into the space; Why the cannabis community shouldn’t just be focused on just building another industry, but be focused on building the best industry; And more! Tune into our chat now!

Cynthia Villamizar: Founder of Cyntivee talks quitting Google, reeducating folks on CBD & Cannabis and building a business from scratch

In our chat, Cyn and I dig into what it was like leaving her career at Google behind to focus on her passion for wellness & cannabis; How Cyntivee came to be and the experience of being a new entrepreneur in a nascent industry; How Cyn pushes herself to experiment with different platforms online and do what needs doing for her biz every day (even when she doesn’t feel like it); How one can start to integrate cannabis or cbd into their fitness; Moving from NYC to the Bay area and her big plans for Cyntivee; And so much more!