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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!

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!

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!

Sister Kate: Founder of Sisters of the Valley talks cannabis medicine, empowering other women to succeed and growing her business to over a million dollars in sales

In this episode, Sister Kate and I chat about her pre-Sister life as an international consultant, she shares how the sisterhood was born out of the occupy movement, what it takes to run the Sisters of the Valley operation, it’s growth to making 1.1 million dollars in sales last year and her plans to make it a 50 million dollar business in the next 5 years.