NCIA Cannabis Business Summit Offers Diverse Learning Opportunities

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After convening in Denver for the first two years, the National Cannabis Industry Association returns to Oakland  for the 4th annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo on June 12-14. I have enjoyed the first three conferences and look forward to this one, which has the theme “Cultivating a New Era of Enterprise”, because it helps me stay on top of the entire industry. NCIA’s move to California was ahead of the curve last year in front of the election, and, with the state in the process of implementing its regulated medical cannabis program and preparing for adult-use, the location is an excellent choice for this conference.

The conference will include five different tracks that should appeal to all participants in the industry:

NCIA Tracks 2017

The Fine Print: Money, Law and Your Business will address topics like managing large amounts of cash, financing your business and risk management.  Cultivation & Processing will cover areas that include efficiency for indoor and greenhouse grows and integrated pest management. Running Your Cannabusiness will explain how to create a corporate structure, to achieve retail management best practices and to build customer loyalty. Policy & Reform will highlight emerging market opportunities, explain policy development and share insights into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Finally, Emerging Topics in the Industry include areas like Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property.

The “Fine Print” track, which will prepare you with the financial and legal nuances essential to running your CannaBusiness, includes six panels:

Cultivating Intellectual Property: Registering Patents and Trademarks

Raising Money for Your Cannabis Company – A Tactical Guide

Cannabiz Litigation and Business Dispute, Same Same But Different

Let’s Make a Deal! Business Relationships & Contract Best Practices

Surviving IRS Section 280E Enforcement

Greening Cannabis: Green Rush Meets Sustainability

The “Cultivation & Processing track, which will prepare you with tips, tricks and tools to increase your yield, make the best products possible and minimize your risk, includes six panels:

Extraction: Techniques and Technology

Whole Plant Extraction & The Entourage Effect: Choosing the Right Ratio

10 Tips to Keep Your Cultivation Facility Clean and Sanitary

Finding Balance: Power Saving, Resource Consumption and Productive Grows – Cultivation and Utility Experts Share How to Engage Your Utility and Maximize Your Yield

The Pros and Cons of Different Cultivation Methods

Meeting the Challenge of Odor Control at Cannabis Growing and Processing Facilities

The “Running Your Cannabusiness” track, which will teach you a variety of topics that every CannaBusiness owner should know to be successful, includes six panels:

Cannabis Real Estate: Maximize Your Business with a Strong Foundation

Compliance for a Scaling Industry

Building Trust with the Cannabis Consumer Through Precise Dosing

How to Tank Your Business (Don’t Do It!)

Idea to Market: Penetration, Domination, and Profits

Media Masters: Training for the Spotlight

The balance of the agenda will be released over the next few days. Whether you are a business owner, an investor, a policy maker, regulator or an operator, the conference offers some great educational opportunities. New Cannabis Ventures readers can save 15% by using the code “NEWCV15” and can lock in early bird rates that go up after March 24th.

Published by Alan Brochstein, CFA

Alan Brochstein, CFABased in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV.

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