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Colorado cannabis businesses share what they’ve learned since legalization

Our Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski was recently featured in Marijuana Business Magazine‘s article, “Pioneering Advice”. Diane provided some insight into what it means to start a business in this industry.

“What we have experienced in Colorado holds true in other states as well,” said Diane Czarkowski, founding partner at Canna Advisors, a cannabis consultancy in Boulder. “As one of the first businesses to open in a new market, you have to accept your responsibility to be involved in the development of the industry.”

The rest of the article focuses on what it takes to start a business in a new recreational marijuana market. Our experts here at Canna Advisors know the process of a starting a business in this industry from brand development to operations readiness. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started.

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Weathering Change in the Cannabis Industry – Tidal Royalty Corp

Canna Advisors Founding Partners Diane and Jay Czarkowski were recently interviewed by Tidal Royalty Corporation in the piece,“How Cannabis Companies Can Weather Change”. The article focused on the ever-changing landscape of the cannabis industry and how entrepreneurs can keep their companies afloat.

“You have to be flexibe,” says Jay Czarkowski. “The biggest issue in terms of anticipating change is changes to regulation … being able to roll with and adapt — and also just financially weather change — is a big challenge.”

Change is the only constant in the cannabis industry, which our Founding Partners know from running a vertically integrated operation in Colorado for several years and now a successful cannabis consulting company. From high tech and real estate to building and operating their own dispensary and cultivation facility, Diane and Jay have worked well together for years, and they are passionate about continuing to build the cannabis industry by helping entrepreneurs across the country launch their cannabis businesses.

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Marijuana Business Magazine: Tips for Onboarding and Training New Budtenders

Canna Advisors team member Tyler Stratford, was a featured contributor in Marijuana Business Magazine‘s article, “How to Keep Top-Tier Budtenders”.

“Scheduled training and onboarding sessions get (new employees) off on the right foot,” said Tyler Stratford, a cannabis retail operations expert and director of strategic partnerships at Canna Advisors, a Colorado cannabis consulting firm. -Tyler Stratford

As our Retail Operations Expert, Tyler provides vast hands-on expertise to clients in operations readiness, from staff development and training to the strategic implementation of key business platforms and Standard Operating Procedures. Here are a few ways he suggests retailers can successfully train and onboard their budtenders:

  • “Support ongoing education: Greenflower Media, Cannabis Trainers and BDTNDR provide online training, certifications and resources for budtenders. Companies also can pay to have budtenders complete Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training.”
  • “Train your budtenders on standard operating procedures.”
  • “Some states prohibit cannabis sales-based incentives, so consider other ways of compensating employees. Offer profit sharing, increase health care contributions or provide quarterly performance bonuses”
  • “Cross-training is helpful, too; it allows new employees to explore other areas of operation and future growth opportunities.”

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Cultivation Facilities with Luke Wilson

Our director of Field Operations, Luke Wilson, shared his cultivation facility knowledge with Marijuana Business Magazine in a piece focused on the “tips and pitfalls for designing and building a marijuana cultivation facility”.

“Wilson prefers Colorado because it has a consistent, predictable climate. It’s not too humid, and the Centennial State doesn’t have big swings in temperature, humidity, and moisture.”

Luke’s role as Director of Field Operations at Canna Advisors places him at the head of an innovative team dedicated to representing clients and owners through engineering, construction, staffing, and operational startup/improvement. His experience leading the buildout and construction of Tilray, the 1st cGMP certified pharmaceutical-grade cannabis facility and research center, provided Luke with his first major cannabis facility design lessons.

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Canna Advisors Named to 2018 CBE Ancillary Business List

We are proud to be included on Cannabis Business Executive’s 2018 Ancillary Business List. The list was compiled using reader surveys and research over the span of four months. These companies, the majority of which are privately held, are ranked in revenue ranges.

This annual list of Top Ancillary Cannabis Companies by CBE “help[s] regulated licensees decide who to invite to the request for proposal process when they are looking for a specific solution set.

Whether you need full-scale support through the entire process or focused efforts during critical phases, our approach is catered to your specific needs. Our experts guide clients from idea to reality and help navigate the complexity of the industry to drive your sustained, long-term success. Contact our cannabis consulting experts today to get started!

Co-Founders Named Cannabis Industry Power Couple

Canna Advisors Co-Founders Diane and Jay Czarkowski have been named one of twelve cannabis industry power couples by Cannabis Business Times.

The article profiles couples who work in the industry and have supportive partnerships and successful businesses. It highlights how these dynamic duos really are better together and how they’ve managed to leverage their personal relationships to elevate their businesses.

From high tech and real estate to building and running their own dispensary and cultivation facility, Diane and Jay have worked well together for years. Their passion for the cannabis industry and vision for building businesses came together when they founded Canna Advisors five years ago to help clients all across the country live their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs in this exploding industry.

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