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Spotlight - Michigan Cannabis Expo - February 2020



Back for the second year in a row, Cannabis Industrial Marketplace is primed to help nurture more relationships in the Michigan cannabusiness market by bringing exhibitors and attendees together at the 2nd Annual Business of Cannabis Michigan Expo at the Frankenmuth Credit Union Event Center, located at 11600 N. Beyer Rd. in Birch Run, Mich. on March 18th and 19th. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the expo floor starting at 10 a.m. each day. With a wide array of regional and nationwide exhibitors to discover and network with, the full spectrum of cannabusiness products and services will be at their fingertips. From the best grow lights and compliant packaging to legal services, exhibitors offer expert advice and quality products to help make attendees’ cannabusinesses successful. 

“Our expos are designed to focus on the business side of the emerging cannabis industry,” said Jen Wynn, vice president of expositions for Cannabis Industrial Marketplace. “Our goal is to help connect buyers and sellers in any aspect of the business, while providing education to entrepreneurs preparing to enter this market. To shift focus from the everyday hobbyist, we chose to plan our events on weekdays to align with our model, the business of cannabis,” Wynn said. 

While each expo takes place in a specific city or region, Cannabis Industrial Marketplace does not limit its exhibitors geographically.  

“We get exhibitors from all over the country, from legal market experts to people in adjacent businesses that have the expertise to build or renovate whatever a new business might need,” Wynn explained. 

Featured Exhibitors:

Anion - Cannabis extraction equipment, Booth 333.
The Bud Builders -  business consultation, operations management, and more, Booth 161.
Cannabis Promotions - custom branded cannabis and smoke-related items, Booth 414.
GrowMaster - specialty commercial cooling, Booth 436.
Marijuana Security Operations - private security and logistics firm, Booth 311.
Medical Mary - pharmacist-formulated CBD products, Booth 302.
Strain App - a white-labeled branded mobile APP for Android and iOS for Cannabis dispensaries, Booth 155.
Sun Valley Health - provides certification with a strong emphasis on professionalism and exceptional medical care, Booth 139.
Aljan Packaging - price-conscious packaging solutions and printing, Booth 335.
Access Point ATM - flexibility with ATM surcharges and revenue, Booth 316.
Employer Solutions Staffing Group - helps lower employee costs, Booth 401.
Executive Funding Financial - a change to traditional financing options, Booth 318.
FabricAir - engineering smart air solutions since 1973, Booth 243.
MSW Plastics - leading plastic extrusion company, Booth 306.
Package Works - delivering “The Best Folder Experience,” Booth 169.
Shelving Inc. - quality storage products since 1960, Booth 163.
Umbo Computer Vision - smart security products, Booth 311.

With the ability to make deals right on the expo floor, these opportunities have been shown to extend to exhibitors as well.   

Success Stories

DizPot, a sponsor of the expo in Phoenix (Feb. 13-14, 2020), has exhibited at five previous Cannabis Industrial Marketplace B2B events in Birch Run, MI, Chicago; St. Louis; Tulsa, Okla.; and Miami, Fla. Thrilled with their success, DizPot committed to exhibiting future cannabis industry B2B events in 2020. 

“This was our second [Cannabis Industrial Marketplace] event. Two times in a row, the organization has really provided a positive environment for us,” John Hartsell with Dizpot said of the Tulsa expo. “Everybody we’ve talked to, or are really close to, are qualified buyers of what we sell, which is packaging specific to the cannabis industry,” he added. 

Capturing several key accounts like Dizpot, Cannabis Industrial Marketplace’s expos have a selection of top-tier exhibitors that will be present at multiple expos. 

“Harvest 360 has booked over $500K of contracts arising directly from our participation in these events, making it the single most significant marketing effort of our organization in 2019,” Executive Vice President of Harvest 360 Technologies Joshua Alper said. 
And exhibitors are seeing value in more than just the sales numbers; they are seeing value in the relationship building within the cannabusiness industry as well.  

“From that first show in Michigan in Feb. 2019, and continuing through shows in Chicago and Miami, the [Cannabis Industrial Marketplace] Expos have become one of the best [ways] for us to engage clients in the Medical and Adult-Use markets,” Apler said. 

Not only does the Michigan expo lineup promise countless sales opportunities for exhibitors to take advantage of, but educational opportunities for attendees with full-access tickets and exhibitors alike. 

With seminars beginning at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the event center, overlooking the expo floor, attendees with full access tickets can hear from industry leaders throughout the two-day summit. Seminar highlights include speaker Mike Lee with Northern Weathermakers HVAC presenting “Creating a Climate for Success” and “Leveraging Technology in Emerging Cannabis Markets” with speaker Joshua Alper. 

And it does not end there.  


Networking Mixer

Attendees with full-access tickets and exhibitors alike will get the chance to mingle during the networking mixer from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on March 18th. Located on the second floor of the event center and overlooking the expo floor, continue to nurture those newly-formed business relationships in a more relaxed environment following a busy day in seminars and on the expo floor. 


The Next Great Canna Idea

Have the next bright idea for the cannabis industry? Submit it and get the chance to win a free patent from Block 45 Legal. 

Attendees are highly encouraged to participate in the “Next Great Canna Idea” event sponsored by Block 45 Legal and Harvest 360 Technologies. Founder of Block 45 Legal Clement Hayes will be available to discuss ideas and the event. Those looking to participate can submit their ideas on-site at the Michigan Expo or online at https://cannaimp.com/the-next-great-canna-idea-registration-form/. The winner will be announced at the ChiCannabisExpo on May 22nd.


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