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The Kaya Cast podcast is a weekly show where we interview thought leaders in the cannabis industry about their experience and expertise of working with cannabis. The aim of the show is to help cannabis retailers do what they love and share their stories. read less
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Lock up your Dispensary, or Risk Losing It! w/ Aaron Burn
4d ago
Lock up your Dispensary, or Risk Losing It! w/ Aaron Burn
In this eye-opening episode of KayaCast, we delve into the critical world of security in the cannabis industry with the expert guidance of Aaron Burn, a seasoned professional and founder of Bri-Bet Security Solutions. Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience in safeguarding cannabis businesses against the sophisticated threats they face daily. From overlooked vulnerabilities in initial security planning to the dramatic tales of midnight break-ins and high-stakes robberies, Aaron discusses the common mistakes made by new businesses and shares why integrating advanced security measures from the start is not just beneficial but essential. Discover key strategies on:- Effective perimeter security including camera placement and lighting- The significant risks of improper ATM placement - Essential practices for panic button usage and staff training- The benefits of employing both undercover and uniformed security personnel- Tips on selecting the right security firm that aligns with your business values and needsAdditionally, Aaron provides invaluable advice on internal threat management, the importance of armed security in cash-heavy environments, and how to effectively manage security costs without compromising safety.Whether you’re a new dispensary owner drafting your first security plan or a seasoned operator looking to enhance your current measures, this episode is packed with actionable insights that could spell the difference between a secure business and a vulnerable one. Tune in to fortify your defenses and keep your cannabis business safe and thriving. Join us on Kaya Cast, where each week, we empower you with the knowledge to grow and protect your cannabis enterprise.Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever you get your podcasts. Find out more about Bri-Bet Security Solutions at:https://bri-bet.com/https://www.linkedin.com/company/bri-bet-security-solutions/#cannabisindustry #security #businessgrowth #businesstips #cannacommunity #kayacast #podcast
Unpacking STIIIZY's Success with John Malone
Jun 4 2024
Unpacking STIIIZY's Success with John Malone
On today’s episode of KayaCast, the go-to podcast for cannabis entrepreneurs, we dive deep into the vault of business scaling wisdom with none other than John Malone, the brains behind the legal team that propelled STIIIZY from obscurity to a dominant powerhouse in the cannabis market.John brings a treasure trove of insider knowledge from his days at STIIIZY, where he navigated the turbulent waters of industry regulations and business expansion. He shares critical insights on the risks of rapid growth without solid infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of being nimble and building a sustainable business at a controlled pace — a lesson some in the industry have learned the hard way. Drawing from his extensive experience, John outlines the critical infrastructure necessary for business expansion: clear capital sources, rigorous financial planning, and core values that guide every decision. He warns against the allure of scaling too quickly and spreading resources too thin, a trap many enthusiastic businesses fall into, which can lead to operational inefficiencies and financial strain.This episode is packed with actionable advice for cannabis businesses aiming to scale wisely and sustainably. Whether you're contemplating your next big move or looking to refine your growth strategy, John’s insights are invaluable.Don't miss this detailed exploration of legal strategies, business acumen, and the disciplined growth mindset that can help your cannabis venture thrive in a competitive market. Tune in now and equip your business with the knowledge to grow smart and strong!🎧 Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever you get your podcasts. Visit kayapush.com for more resources and to connect with industry leaders. Find out more about J Malone PC at:https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-malone-46385049/https://www.jmalone.law/ #KayaCast #CannabisEntrepreneurs #BusinessScalingWisdom #JohnMalone #STIIIZY #LegalTeam #IndustryRegulations #BusinessExpansion #InsideKnowledge #NimbleBusiness #SustainableGrowth #ControlledPace #Infrastructure #CapitalSources #FinancialPlanning #CoreValues #OperationalEfficiencies #FinancialStrain #ActionableAdvice #ScaleWisely #GrowthStrategy #LegalStrategies #BusinessAcumen #DisciplinedGrowthMindset #ThriveInCompetitiveMarket #Spotify #ApplePodcasts #Kayapush #IndustryLeaders
Reefer Madness to Legalization: A Cannabis Story
May 28 2024
Reefer Madness to Legalization: A Cannabis Story
In this eye-opening episode of the Kaya Cast Podcast, we're joined by Tommy Truong from KayaPush to unravel the complex tapestry of cannabis history and its controversial placement in Schedule One of controlled substances. Tommy takes us back to the early 1900s, explaining how the rise of hemp as a robust alternative to paper played a crucial role in its demonization. We delve into the influential actions of media mogul William Randolph Hearst and the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger, whose combined efforts with misleading journalism and political power dramatically shaped public perception and policy.Prepare to be transported through the decades, from the propaganda-laden era of "Reefer Madness" to the landmark 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, all the way to the pivotal legal transformations in the 1990s and beyond. As states began to challenge federal rulings, the journey culminates with the recent DEA recommendation in May 2024 to reclassify cannabis, potentially changing the game for businesses and researchers alike.Tommy also shares his insights on the implications of these legislative shifts for dispensary owners, and what the future may hold as we approach the possibility of declassification. Whether you're a seasoned cannabis entrepreneur or new to the industry, this episode is packed with historical insights and expert analyses that will enhance your understanding of the legal landscapes and opportunities in cannabis business today.Don't miss this deep dive into the storied past and evolving future of cannabis. Tune into the Kaya Cast Podcast for a blend of history, business strategy, and forward-looking perspectives. Subscribe now to ensure you never miss an episode!Find out more about KayaPush at:https://www.kayapush.com/#kayacastpodcast #kayapush #cannabisindustry #history
Celebrating 100 (Giveaway)
May 21 2024
Celebrating 100 (Giveaway)
GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!We hit 100!!! In this special episode, we sit down with Tommy Truong, the host of KayaPush, to celebrate this momentous day.Looking back over our journey, this podcast, with over 3,500 downloads and 25,000 YouTube views, was born from a mission to arm entrepreneurs with the insights needed to navigate and flourish in competitive markets. Whether you’re a startup or looking to scale, hearing from over 80 experts has been designed to trim the time and cost on your path to success.To kick off, we reflect on the monumental progress within the cannabis industry, particularly the reclassification of cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III. This change not only represents a significant societal shift but also offers a tangible financial uplift for businesses within the industry. Tommy weighs in on how these regulatory changes impact operational strategies and open up new opportunities for growth and profitability.Plus, in celebration of our 100th episode, don’t miss out on our giveaway of a $100 Amazon gift card! Tune in for details on how to enter, and continue supporting us by following KayaPush on LinkedIn and subscribing to the Kaya Cast on your preferred streaming platform.Whether you are part of our long-time listening community or new to the Kaya Cast family, we want to thank you for all the support over the last 2 years, and stay tuned for many, many more episodes to come.Find our other episodes at:https://www.kayapush.com/podcastFind the giveaway here:https://www.linkedin.com/company/kayapush/#KayaPush100#giveaway#cannabisbusiness #kayacastpodcast
Reclassification and The Future of Cannabis in the USA
May 14 2024
Reclassification and The Future of Cannabis in the USA
In this enlightening episode of the KayaCast Podcast, we sit down with Aaron Smith, the CEO and founder of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), as we delve into the significant strides and the ongoing challenges in cannabis legislation. With the recent movement to reclassify cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, the cannabis industry is abuzz with potential changes and impacts. Aaron sheds light on what this reclassification truly means, what it doesn’t, and the various nuances involved, including the future of cannabis on social media, cross-state sales, and pharmaceutical involvement.Amidst these regulatory changes, Aaron also addresses the pressing questions from our listeners, ranging from the impact on current cannabis-related incarcerations to the implications for direct online sales and medical marijuana. Tune in for an in-depth discussion on the subsequent steps the NCIA is championing on Capitol Hill, the prospects of the Safe Banking Act, and how the cannabis community can support and participate in these pivotal times.Join us for a critical conversation that clears the smoke on cannabis reclassification and offers a glimpse into what’s next for the industry.Be sure to subscribe to the KayaCast Podcast to stay updated with the latest insights and strategies from leading cannabis experts and business owners helping you navigate through this burgeoning industry. Find out more about NCIA at:https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-cannabis-industry-association/https://thecannabisindustry.org/https://www.instagram.com/nationalcannabisindustry/https://twitter.com/NCIAorghttps://www.facebook.com/TheNCIA#KayaCastPodcast #CannabisLegislation #CannabisReclassification #NCIA #SafeBankingAct #CapitolHill #CannabisCommunity #MedicalMarijuana #SocialMedia #CrossStateSales #Pharmaceuticals #IndustryInsights #CannabisExperts #BusinessOwners #IndustryUpdates #CriticalConversation #SubscribeNow #StayInformed #KayaCastInsights #CannabisIndustry #IndustryChallenges #FutureOfCannabis #EnlighteningEpisode #LeadingExperts #PivotalTimes #ClearTheSmoke #JoinTheConversation #StayTuned #StayUpdated #CannabisAdvocacy #SupportTheIndustry #StayInformed #StayAhead #KayaCastNation
Mastering Dispensary Promotions: Learn from Tommy Truong
May 7 2024
Mastering Dispensary Promotions: Learn from Tommy Truong
In this compelling episode of Kaya Cast Podcast, we sit down with Tommy Truong, founder of KayaPush, to delve into the intricate landscape of employee promotions within the fast-paced environment of cannabis dispensaries. Tommy brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experiences detailing the challenges and opportunities that promotions can present to a growing business.Tommy starts off by highlighting the critical nature of promotions—get it right and it could propel your business forward, but get it wrong, and you could face months, if not a year, of setbacks. He shares a cautionary tale from the early days of his business, where a seemingly straightforward promotion caused unexpected ripples across the team, leading to dissatisfaction and ultimately, attrition.Throughout the episode, Tommy emphasizes the importance of creating a transparent, merit-based environment where every team member understands how they're being measured and how they can impact the business. He discusses practical strategies such as establishing clear KPIs, maintaining regular communication rhythms, and engaging in one-on-one meetings to not only gauge performance but also to foster individual growth and skill development.Beyond the mechanics of promotion, Tommy addresses the inevitable reality of disappointment that can occur even in the fairest of systems. He advises on how to harness this ambition positively, enabling a focus on personal and professional growth that aligns with the business’s needs.Whether you're at the helm of a thriving cannabis dispensary or just starting out, this episode offers vital insights into making strategic, fair, and impactful promotion decisions that support both your team's and your business's growth. Tune in to learn how to handle promotions with a balanced approach that encourages transparency, meritocracy, and team cohesion.Join us on Kaya Cast Podcast for this enlightening conversation with Tommy Truong, and discover how to navigate the complexities of employee promotions to foster a thriving workplace culture.Find out more about KayaPush at:https://www.kayapush.com/podcast-episodeshttps://www.linkedin.com/company/kayapush/#NavigatingPromotions#FairnessAndMerit#KayaCastPodcast#EmployeePromotions#CannabisDispensaries#BusinessGrowth
Tech Disasters and Triumphs: What Every Cannabis Entrepreneur Needs to Know
May 1 2024
Tech Disasters and Triumphs: What Every Cannabis Entrepreneur Needs to Know
Welcome to the KayaCast, your trusted companion for navigating the complexities of cannabis business in the digital age. In today's episode, we're joined by Sarah Kabakoff from MindChef Productions, a seasoned expert with a wealth of experience spanning the food tech and cannabis industries.Sarah brings a down-to-earth perspective on the challenges of adopting new technology in business. She shares candid insights into the common mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to tech implementation, emphasizing the importance of taking ownership and staying engaged throughout the process.From understanding your business's unique needs to assessing the support and scalability of potential tech partners, Sarah offers a roadmap for making informed decisions that set your business up for success.So, if you're ready to ditch the tech overwhelm and approach your digital journey with clarity and confidence, join us for this insightful conversation with Sarah Kabakoff. It's real talk for real entrepreneurs, right here on the KayaCast. Sarah Kabakoff is an experienced business leader who has helped to launch thousands of restaurants and dispensaries in the US. Working for notable companies like Aloha, Toast, and Dutchie, Sarah has fostered an environment for growth and knowledge-sharing in the cannabis industry.  Find out more about MindChef Productions at:https://mindchefproductions.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-kabakoff-45a516102/https://www.linkedin.com/company/mindchef-productions/https://www.youtube.com/@MindChefProductionsLike what you're listening to? Subscribe to our Youtube channel and download at Podcasts on all streaming platforms!#cannabis #dispensary #cannabisindustry #retail #techstack #technology #AI #kayacast
Selecting your Business Partner: Advice from a Cannabis CEO
Apr 23 2024
Selecting your Business Partner: Advice from a Cannabis CEO
🌱 Welcome to KayaCast, the ultimate resource for dispensaries looking to reach new heights in the ever-evolving cannabis market. Today, we're thrilled to present an enlightening conversation with Tommy Truong, co-founder of KayaPush, a leading CRM and workforce management solutions provider in the cannabis industry. Running a successful cannabis business is a formidable challenge, with only a fraction ever hitting major financial milestones. In this episode, Tommy Truong sheds light on the pivotal role that the right business partners play in overcoming these odds. Join us as we dissect crucial topics you need to ask before entering into a business partnership, like:Financial Positions & Hardships: Learn how Tommy's journey began with a year of zero salaries and 99 cent pizzas, illustrating the importance of being financially aligned with your partners. Could you endure the lean years together?Drive to Win: Tommy reflects on a past venture in accounting and the crucial lesson he learned about shared commitment levels. What does it mean to be truly all-in, and why is equal dedication from each partner non-negotiable for success?Navigating Disagreement & Decision-Making: Embrace conflict as a natural and beneficial part of the business process. Tommy shares the frameworks that have guided his teams through challenging decisions – from adopting a 'never sell' mentality to committing fully to collective decisions, even in dissent.🎧 Tune in for an episode packed with actionable advice, hard-earned wisdom, and the strategic mindset required to build a thriving cannabis business. Whether you're at the brink of partnership or scaling to new peaks, Tommy's insights will arm you with the tools to evaluate potential partners and forge a path to success.Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review if you find value in our content. Your support helps us grow and bring more incredible insights your way!#CannabisCommunity #CannabisBusiness #Partnerships #GrowthMindset #KayaCast  Find out more about KayaPush at:https://www.kayapush.com/podcasthttps://www.linkedin.com/company/kayapush/?originalSubdomain=cahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tommy-truong/ #CannabisIndustry #CannabisEntrepreneur #CannabisAdvice #BusinessPartners #FinancialAlignment #SharedCommitment #ConflictResolution #DecisionMaking #StrategicMindset #ScalingSuccess #KayaPush #CRM #WorkforceManagement #CannabisSolutions #CannabisExperts #Entrepreneurship #Podcast #BusinessInsights #CannabisPodcast #BusinessSuccess #GrowWithKaya #DispensaryResources #CannabisMarket #NewHeights #EnlighteningConversation #HardEarnedWisdom #ActionableAdvice #SupportSmallBusiness #SubscribeAndReview
From Metrics to Millions: Unlocking Profitability with Naomi Granger (NACAT Pros)
Apr 16 2024
From Metrics to Millions: Unlocking Profitability with Naomi Granger (NACAT Pros)
*Want to budget better? Try this free template! https://api.leadconnectorhq.com/widget/form/xY8juBT3zNkeFEpO3zBT*Looking to ace your accounting interview? Here are some practice questions: https://api.leadconnectorhq.com/widget/form/ZkoaYYivhC8LO3d23ZerJoin us on Kaya Cast for an enlightening episode with Naomi Granger of NACAT Pros, where we delve into exactly what every business should consider before expanding. As an experienced accountant in the cannabis industry, Naomi shares invaluable insights into the operational metrics that drive profitability.Discover why it's crucial for business owners to understand their operations inside out before expecting profitability from their accounting professionals. Naomi explains how factors such as inventory management, staff training, customer engagement, and marketing campaigns directly impact a business's bottom line.Learn about the significance of tracking KPIs like average ticket price per customer, units per transaction, attachment rates, and customer preferences in different regions. Naomi emphasizes the importance of aligning inventory assortments with customer demands to optimize sales and reduce costs associated with carrying the wrong inventory.But it doesn't stop there! Naomi sheds light on the hidden costs retailers often overlook, such as employee turnover and training expenses. She emphasizes the significance of not just hard KPIs but also soft KPIs, which can significantly impact a business's financial health.Tune in to Kaya Cast for an eye-opening discussion that will equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions and drive your business towards sustainable growth and profitability. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain actionable insights from a seasoned industry expert!Follow Naomi Granger and NACAT Pros for more valuable tips and updates!Find out more about NACAT Pros here:https://nacatpros.org/https://www.instagram.com/nacatpros/https://www.facebook.com/Nacatproshttps://twitter.com/NacatProshttps://www.linkedin.com/company/nacatpros/#NACATPros#NACAT#Dispensary#Cannabis#Cannabisindustry#Tax#Accounting
From STIIIZY to Cookies: Running a Winning Dispensary in 2024
Apr 9 2024
From STIIIZY to Cookies: Running a Winning Dispensary in 2024
Welcome to the Kaya Cast Podcast! In this episode, we're delving deep into the world of cannabis entrepreneurship with Mike Wilson, the esteemed CEO and founder of Temeka Group. With over 600 dispensary locations under their belt and a track record of launching successful stores for renowned brands like STIIIZY and Cookies, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.Join us as Mike shares invaluable insights on choosing the perfect location for your dispensary business. From neighborhood-focused spots to bustling tourist destinations like Times Square, Mike breaks down the key factors to consider when scouting for that ideal storefront. Discover how to prioritize customer retention over one-time tourist traffic and why investing in a neighborhood market could be the smartest move for long-term success.But that's not all – Mike dives into the nitty-gritty details of building out your store layout, from ensuring ADA compliance to navigating unexpected expenses like HVAC systems. With Mike's guidance, you'll learn how to approach site selection with eyes wide open, avoiding costly surprises and maximizing your return on investment.Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just dipping your toes into the cannabis industry, this episode is packed with actionable advice that could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tune in now and let Mike Wilson's expertise guide you on your journey to dispensary success!To learn more about Temeka Group and stay updated on their latest ventures, be sure to follow them on social media:- Instagram: @temekagroup- Twitter: @temekagroup- Facebook: Temeka GroupAnd visit their website at temekagroup.com for more information!Find out more about Temeka at:https://www.temekagroup.com/cannabis-industry/https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-wilson-1107a960/https://www.linkedin.com/company/temekagroup/#DispensarySuccess#LocationMatters#CannabisEntrepreneurship#SmartSiteSelection#NeighborhoodVsTourist#SaveOnExpenses#CustomerRetention#ROIFormula#DispensaryTips#ProfitableLayout#TemekaGroup#KayaCast#KayaPush
Building a Cannabis Coalition: How and Why w/ Gahrey Ovalle from LICC
Apr 2 2024
Building a Cannabis Coalition: How and Why w/ Gahrey Ovalle from LICC
Join us on a dynamic journey through entrepreneurship and cannabis coalition leadership with our special guest, Gahrey Ovalle, President of the Long Island Cannabis Coalition (LICC). From his successful ten-year stint in New York's construction industry to tackling the complexities of cannabis retail in Long Island, Gahrey's story is a compelling narrative of growth, learning, and community leadership. In today’s episode, Gahrey dives deep into the origins of his business path, sharing invaluable lessons from his earliest entrepreneurial ventures. He reveals the significance of recognizing and learning from mistakes, the importance of seeking guidance from mentors, and the pivotal moments that led him to shift from a 'how' to a 'who' focused problem-solving strategy.As we explore the cannabis landscape of Long Island, Gahrey paints a picture of the challenges faced due to the gap between municipal leadership and their constituents. With nearly 90% of municipalities opting out of cannabis retail despite a majority desiring access, Gahrey's insights offer a unique look at the ongoing battle for cannabis acceptance and the steps the LICC is taking to bridge this divide.Discover how Gahrey and the LICC navigated these hurdles, the keys to their success, and what you, as members of the cannabis business community, can do to aid the push for cannabis retail and broader acceptance across communities.Don't miss Gahrey's profound observations on hiring the right team members, forming strategic partnerships, and the essential traits needed to lead and innovate within an evolving industry.In this heartfelt conversation, learn how the Long Island Cannabis Coalition is making waves by uniting and educating the community and how you too can join their mission.👉 Listen to this episode for an inspiring masterclass on leadership, entrepreneurship, and the continuous fight for cannabis progression in Long Island.---Join us on Kaya Cast where we spark new ideas, foster growth, and ignite the path to success for your dispensary business.🎧 Tune in, learn, and cultivate your cannabis journey with us! 🌿---Remember to subscribe to our podcast if you love the content, and stay tuned for more episodes on harnessing the power of cannabis for business growth!  Find out more about LICC at:https://longislandcc.org/https://www.linkedin.com/in/long-island-cannabis-coalition-493149285/https://www.instagram.com/longislandccorg/https://twitter.com/longislandccorg?s=21https://www.linkedin.com/in/gahreyovalle/ #KayaCast#EntrepreneurJourney#cannabisindustry #CannabisCoalition#buildingbridges #cannabisindustry #communityleadership  #CannabisRetail#LongIslandCannabis#MunicipalLeadership#CannabisAcceptance#PushForProgress#TeamBuilding#StrategicPartnerships#Innovation#CannabisCommunity#CannabisEducation#InspiringLeadership#DispensaryBusiness#CultivateYourJourney#CannabisGrowth#RateAndReview
Diversify Your Dispensary: Key Strategies from Mosaic
Mar 26 2024
Diversify Your Dispensary: Key Strategies from Mosaic
Welcome back to another information-packed episode of the Kaya Cast Podcast, the go-to resource for cannabis dispensaries looking to make their mark in the industry. In this week’s episode, we’re excited to sit down with Jack Blaeser, a thought leader and innovator from Mosaic, a company renowned for its groundbreaking approach to cannabis business solutions.We kick off the episode with a warm welcome to Jack and a quick introduction to the mission and vision of Mosaic. Discover how Mosaic is changing the game for dispensaries through cutting-edge technology and customer-centered service design.Jack then takes us through the journey of how Mosaic started, reflecting on the challenges and triumphs they faced in the burgeoning cannabis market. He shares invaluable insights on what it really takes to build a successful cannabis brand from the ground up.For those hungry for actionable advice, Jack provides an array of tips and tactics that you can implement right away. From optimizing your product inventory to navigating complex regulations, Jack’s expertise shines through in his practical recommendations.We also explore the future of cannabis retail, with Jack offering his predictions on upcoming trends and the direction the market is headed. Plus, don't miss out on our lightning round where Jack tackles the most common misconceptions about scaling in the cannabis industry.Finally, we wrap up the episode with Jack's parting wisdom for new and established dispensaries looking to make a significant impact in their community.So, whether you’re a startup dispensary or an established player in the cannabis space, this episode with Jack from Mosaic is packed with knowledge bombs that will help you grow your business and stay ahead of the curve. Tune in, ignite growth, and transform your cannabis dispensary with the insights from today's KayaCast episode!Remember to subscribe and follow the Kaya Cast Podcast for more weekly insights, and don't forget to check out the show notes for links to Mosaic’s resources and the strategies discussed in today’s show. Keep growing, and stay high on knowledge! Jack Blaeser is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mosaic.green, a cannabis-focused investment platform that connects investors with vetted companies. Jack has been a leader in the cannabis industry for many years, and is a well-respected authority on cannabis investments. He has a deep understanding of the industry and a knack for helping investors make the most of their investments. As a podcast guest, Jack is a valuable resource for understanding the nuances of investing in cannabis business. His experience and insight make him an ideal guest for any cannabis business podcast. Find out more about Mosiac  at:https://mosaic.green/https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackblaeser/https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaic-green/https://www.instagram.com/mosaic.green/?igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg%3D%3D #InnovativeGrowthStrategies #MosaicMindset #CannabisBusinessSolutions#thoughtleadership #CustomerCenteredDesign#GroundbreakingTechnology#BuildingSuccessfulBrands#ActionableAdvice#NavigatingRegulations#FutureOfCannabisRetail#ScalingMisconceptions#CommunityImpact#TransformYourDispensary#StayHighOnKnowledge#KayaCastInsights
Mastering Cannabis Business with Tech Guru Eric Schlissel
Mar 19 2024
Mastering Cannabis Business with Tech Guru Eric Schlissel
Welcome to another enlightening episode of the Kaya Cast Podcast, where we dive deep into the minds of cannabis industry leaders to bring you invaluable insights for your dispensary's growth and success. This week, your host Tommy sits down with Eric Schlissel, the tech-savvy entrepreneur and founder of Cure8, a company that empowers cannabis businesses with top-notch IT solutions.Here's what we cover in today's episode: 🌱 Morning Rituals:Kick-off your day with inspiration from Eric's morning routine. He shares how he balances family time, technology check-ins, and a mindful walk with his furry friend to set his focus for the day. Could his tranquil transitions from home to work by the river be the secret to his clear-headed approach to business?📅 List-Driven Leadership:Dive into the organizational mind as Eric reveals the importance of lists, email inboxes, and pre-emptive planning. Learn how methodically looking three days ahead helps him manage Cure8 and maintain strategic focus amidst the operational whirlwinds.🚀 Journey of an Entrepreneur:Trace Eric's path from contract work to carving out his niche in the tech support world. His hustle and hands-on approach ultimately led him to combine his passions for weed, tech, and entrepreneurship, birthing the company we know as Cure8.🇨🇦 Canada's Crucible:Navigating the international waters, Eric talks about Cure8's formative period in Canada during federal legalization. The significant differences between the US and Canadian markets offer an unexpected lens on the future of cannabis businesses stateside.🗽 New Market Nuances:Disagreeing with the common forecast on the New York market's potential, Eric offers a candid perspective on the messy reality of emerging states and the challenges new dispensary owners will face.📊 Knowing Your Numbers:Get schooled on the financial footholds and pitfalls of launching a cannabis dispensary. Eric stresses the importance of understanding your expenses, the nuances of inventory management, payroll, and the crucial decision of initial hires.Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned dispensary owner looking to refine your business acumen, this episode is packed with strategic insights and operational wisdom. Get ready for a session that's as informative as it is infused with real-world experience.🎙️💼🌿#KayaCastPodcast #CannabisBusiness #EricSchlissel #Cure8 #DispensaryGrowth #Entrepreneurship #CannabisTech #BusinessInsights  Find out more about Cure8 at:https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericschlissel/https://www.linkedin.com/company/cure8-tech/https://forteops.com/https://www.instagram.com/cure8.tech/https://www.youtube.com/@CuratedCannabisConversations#MorningRituals #FamilyTime #TechnologyCheckIn #MindfulWalk #TranquilTransitions #ClearHeadedApproach #OrganizationalMind #Lists #EmailInbox #PreemptivePlanning #JourneyOfAnEntrepreneur #Hustle #HandsOnApproach #WeedTech #FederalLegalization #USvsCanada #NewMarketNuances #NewYorkMarket #FinancialFootholds #InventoryManagement #Payroll #InitialHires #BusinessAcumen #RealWorldExperience #CannabisIndustry #StrategicInsights #OperationalWisdom
Unpacking 420: Grow your Dispensary with Dazed Cannabis
Mar 12 2024
Unpacking 420: Grow your Dispensary with Dazed Cannabis
Welcome back to the KayaCast Podcast, the premier destination for dispensaries looking to elevate their game! In today's episode, we join forces with Rich Rainone from Dazed Cannabis, a titan in the cannabis business known for their world-class events and unbeatable retail experience. As we blaze our way towards the most momentous day on the cannabis calendar – April 20th (4/20) – hear how Dazed Cannabis approaches this high holiday with precision and exceptional service.Rich discusses staying competitive, staffing effectively for big events, and why every day, including 420, is approached with consistent excellence. Discover how hosting regular events – from grand openings to celebrity meet-and-greets – not only entices customers but also boosts morale among staff, creating a vibrant, fun-filled atmosphere.Dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes Dazed Cannabis stand out with its engaging store environment, where even podcasters are invited to record on their iconic pink couch in New York City! With insights on maintaining an exciting retail space, Rich reveals how this strategy not only captivates customers but gives employees something to rally around.Whether you're a dispensary owner, budtender, or cannabis enthusiast, this episode is packed with valuable strategies to help you prep for the "Super Bowl of Cannabis" and ensure your dispensary thrives year-round. So tune in, get inspired, and let's get ready to elevate your 420 game with insights from the best in the biz, only here on KayaCast!Light up your understanding and growth in the cannabis arena – hit play now, and don't forget to share and subscribe for more high-quality content from KayaCast. If you're eager to turn your dispensary into a community hotspot like Dazed Cannabis, reach out to us at our website for tailored tips and strategies!Connect with Dazed Cannabis:https://www.instagram.com/dazedcanna/?hl=enhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rich-rainone-4ba596228/Join the conversation on social media with #KayaCast and tag us with your key takeaways from this episode! Rich Rainone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dazed Cannabis, and is a seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in navigating the complexities of business ownership.Rich's passion lies in his latest venture, Dazed Cannabis, with flagship stores established in New York City and Massachusetts. As the co-founder, he spearheads a mission to redefine the cannabis retail experience, prioritizing quality products, exceptional customer service, and community engagement in areas hosting their stores. Find out more about Dazed Cannabis at:https://dazed.fun/https://www.linkedin.com/in/rich-rainone-4ba596228/https://www.instagram.com/dazedcanna/ #Celebrating420#SuperBowlOfCannabis#DazedExperience#CannabisEvents#RetailExcellence#420Prep#DispensaryGrowth#CommunityHotspot#KayaCastInsights#DazedCanna#RichRainone#DispensaryTips#ElevateYour420Game#CannabisCommunity#DispensaryCulture#HighQualityContent#PinkCouchPodcasts#DiveIntoRetail#420Strategies#CannabisEnthusiast
Reform on The Horizon: Aaron Smith Discusses The Future of Cannabis
Mar 5 2024
Reform on The Horizon: Aaron Smith Discusses The Future of Cannabis
Welcome to the Kaya Cast Podcast, your trusted source for the inside scoop on the cannabis industry!In this special episode, I sit down with the founder and CEO of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Aaron Smith. NCIA is recognized as the oldest and largest cannabis trade association in the world. For those few who may not be familiar with their groundbreaking work, Aaron gives us a brief overview of NCIA’s mission to represent businesses from all cannabis verticals, advocating for fair treatment under federal law.As the cannabis industry continues to grow and evolve, Aaron and I delve into the complexities of changing federal law, the NCIA’s dedication to the cause, and the unique challenges they face in today's political climate. We discuss the hot topic of cannabis reclassification — a subtle but seismic shift in policy that could transform the industry by moving cannabis from a Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 substance. Aaron explains the significant implications of this change, acknowledging both the medical benefits of cannabis and its perceived risks, juxtaposing its current classification alongside substances like heroin and LSD.We also unpack the key distinctions between Schedule 1, 2, and 3 classifications and their impacts on the industry — from medical research to the possibility of interstate commerce.Stay tuned for an enlightening conversation that sheds light on the strategic efforts underway to integrate cannabis more fully into the legal American framework. Whether you're a seasoned dispensary owner, a budding entrepreneur, or simply curious about the future of cannabis in the U.S., this episode is a must-listen!Don't forget to subscribe to Kaya Cast Podcast for more insights on helping your dispensary grow and scale.roll up & tune in!Episode keywords/tags:#cannabisindustry #NCIA #AaronSmith #cannabispolicy #federalreclassification #cannabislegalization #cannabisreform #Schedule1 #Schedule3 #tradeassociation #dispensarygrowth #cannabisentrepreneurship #KayaCastPodcast Aaron Smith is Co-founder and CEO of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the largest trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the U.S and the only one focusing on ensuring that the interests of small and independent businesses are represented in the national dialogue surrounding marijuana policy reform.Aaron has been a central figure throughout the modern history of the cannabis reform movement. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now in 2005, and then as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project until founding NCIA in 2010.Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation. He has also been a keynote speaker or participated in panel discussions on cannabis policy and the role of the industry in driving reform at countless national events. Find out more about NCIA at:https://thecannabisindustry.org/https://www.linkedin.com/in/f-aaron-smith/https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-cannabis-industry-association/https://www.instagram.com/nationalcannabisindustry/https://twitter.com/NCIAorghttps://www.facebook.com/TheNCIA
The Power of the Data-Driven Dispensary
Feb 27 2024
The Power of the Data-Driven Dispensary
Join us on Kaya Cast as we invite John Ucciferri of Treez Inc., the mastermind behind the leading data platform in the cannabis industry. Dive into a comprehensive discussion on optimizing dispensary operations through actionable data. John shares the ins and outs of their innovative Retail Analytics platform, which debuted at MJ Biz 2022 and revolutionizes how dispensaries manage product assortment and inventory.In this riveting episode, we cover:- The secret metric of Sellable Velocity and how it trumps traditional sell-through rates- Real-world impact: How data transforms inventory management and can increase sales by $20,000 weekly- The extraordinary role of cashless payments in enhancing average transaction sizes, often leading to a 25-40% increase- The multifaceted challenges of cannabis payment processing and Treez Inc.'s future-proof solution for uninterrupted cashless transactions- The vital balance between front-end customer service and back-end operational efficiency for maximum dispensary performanceJump in as John gives us a data Deep-Dive: We explore optimizing the physical shelf space of a dispensary, leveraging the wealth of customer data for smart decision making, and the innovative integration of retail analytics with other critical business systems.Tommy highlights the importance of understanding the customer journey - from footfall, online presence, e-commerce to delivery dynamics. Listen in for vital insights on the latest technological strategies shaping the success of dispensaries today.Every piece of data holds the key to unlocking your dispensary's potential. Don't miss this chance to get ahead with the expert insights from Treez Inc.! 💰📈🎧 Tune into Kaya Cast and let's turn data into dollars for your cannabis business! #KayaCast #CannabisData #RetailAnalytics #CannabisBusiness #DispensaryGrowth #TreezInc #SellableVelocity #CannabisPayments #DataDrivenDecisions John Ucciferri is the Chief Operating Officer of Treez, a leading cannabis technology and retail platform. John is a veteran of the cannabis industry, having worked in the space for over a decade. John has an extensive background in business operations, having held leadership roles at leading digital commerce companies, including Fab.com and Bonobos. His experience in the cannabis industry ranges from cultivation and retail, to operations and technology. John is a sought-after speaker and guest on cannabis business podcasts, where he shares his insights on the rapidly evolving cannabis industry and the innovative technologies that are driving it. He is passionate about the industry and is focused on helping to shape its future. Find out more about Treez Inc. at:https://www.treez.io/https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnucciferri/https://www.linkedin.com/company/treez.io/https://twitter.com/johnucciferri #InventoryManagement #CustomerData #BusinessIntelligence #DispensaryPerformance #CashlessTransactions #CustomerJourney #DispensarySuccess #DataDrivenDispensary #KayaCastEp28 #MJBiz2022 #OptimizingOperations #TechInCannabis #UnlockYourPotential #TurnDataIntoDollars #CannabisIndustry #InnovativeSolutions #MaximizingSales #EfficientOperations #RetailStrategies #SmartDecisionMaking
The Ultimate Dispensary Hiring Playbook
Feb 20 2024
The Ultimate Dispensary Hiring Playbook
Join us on another insightful episode of the Kaya Cast Podcast, where we light up the conversation around cannabis business strategies and growth. In this episode, our host engages with special guest Tommy Truong, a seasoned expert from KayaPush, in a vibrant discussion on cannabis dispensary management.Tommy brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, focusing on one of the most crucial aspects of any retail operation - hiring the right manager. With the cannabis industry burgeoning, Tommy emphasizes that a manager isn't just a staff member—they're pivotal to the success of your first storefront or any subsequent ones.But what makes a truly great manager? From leadership skills to industry knowledge, Tommy lays out six key factors every dispensary owner needs to consider before making their next managerial hire. These criteria are not just bullet points—they're the foundation of a successful dispensary that thrives on efficiency, a positive work culture, and ultimately, happy customers.Whether you're opening the doors to your first cannabis dispensary or looking to strengthen your current team's rosters, you'll find valuable takeaways to help you grow and scale your business. Tommy's insights are critical for avoiding the pitfalls that can come with a critical hire, ensuring that your management aligns perfectly with your business values and goals.Grab your favorite strain, settle in, and get ready for a session packed with actionable advice that will elevate your dispensary to new heights. It’s time to grow smarter, not harder, with Kaya Cast.Remember to subscribe, share, and leave us a review if you enjoy the show!#KayaCastPodcast #CannabisBusiness #DispensaryManagement #HiringTips #TommyTruong #KayaPush Meet Tommy Truong, a cannabis industry expert and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the field. Tommy is the founder and CEO of Green Leaf Co., a leading cannabis cultivation and distribution company based in California.Tommy's passion for the cannabis industry started at a young age and he has since dedicated his career to advocating for the legalization and responsible consumption of cannabis. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, Tommy jumped into the industry and quickly rose through the ranks, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of the business.In 2015, Tommy founded Green Leaf Co. with a vision to provide high-quality, sustainably grown cannabis to the market while promoting education and destigmatization of the plant. Under his leadership, Green Leaf Co. has become a trusted and respected name in the industry, known for their commitment to quality and ethical business practices.As a highly sought-after speaker and consultant, Tommy has been invited to share his expertise at various cannabis conferences and events. He is also a frequent guest on business podcasts, sharing his insights on the evolving cannabis market and the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses in the industry.Tommy's extensive knowledge and experience in the cannabis industry make him a valuable guest for any cannabis business podcast. With his passion for the plant and Find out more about KayaPush at:https://www.kayapush.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tommy-truong/https://www.linkedin.com/company/79291600/admin/feed/posts/https://www.youtube.com/@kayacastpodcasthttps://www.instagram.com/kayapush/twitter.com/kayapushfacebook.com/kayapushsoftware #CannabisIndustry #BusinessStrategies #RetailOperations #CannabisDispensary #ManagerHire #LeadershipSkills #IndustryKnowledge #Efficiency #WorkCulture #HappyCustomers #GrowSmart #KayaCast #KayaPushExpert #BusinessGrowth #CriticalHire #ValuesAndGoals #ActionableAdvice #GrowSmarterNotHarder #Subscribe #Share #Review
Business Expansion in Cannabis: How to Do It Right
Feb 13 2024
Business Expansion in Cannabis: How to Do It Right
Welcome to another episode of Kaya Cast Podcast! In this episode, we have the pleasure of interviewing Gary Cohen, the CEO of Cova Software, a renowned software company in the cannabis industry. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his background in the mobile industry, drawing parallels and offering insights that cannabis entrepreneurs can incorporate into their businesses. He shares his perspective on what should be considered when expanding to another location and scaling a business in the cannabis space. We cover several crucial topics, from the importance of hiring experienced store managers, managing compliance and understanding marketing restrictions, to dealing with high-volume transactions common for dispensaries. Gary urges listeners to recognize dispensaries as sophisticated retail entities and offers useful tips on navigating different market life-cycle stages and their respective implications on competition, pricing and overall business strategy. Tune in as we get profound insights into the cannabis industry from an executive perspective. Whether you are new to this space or an experienced entrepreneur, Gary’s advice will surely prove valuable for your journey. This is one episode not to be missed, so sit back and enjoy! Introducing our next guest on the "Green Growth" podcast, Gary Cohen. With over 20 years of experience in the cannabis industry, Gary is a highly respected and knowledgeable figure in the business world. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Cova Software, a leading provider of point-of-sale solutions for cannabis retailers.Gary's passion for the cannabis industry began in his early days as a budtender, where he witnessed firsthand the challenges and opportunities faced by retailers in this emerging market. This inspired him to co-found Cova Software in 2017, with the mission to empower cannabis retailers with innovative and compliant technology solutions.Under Gary's leadership, Cova has grown to become a trusted partner for over 1,100 cannabis retailers across North America, helping them streamline operations, improve customer experience, and stay compliant with ever-changing regulations. With his deep understanding of the industry and commitment to driving its growth, Gary is a sought-after speaker at industry events and a frequent contributor to cannabis publications.In addition to his role at Cova, Gary is also a board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and a member of the Retail Council of Canada's Cannabis Working Group. He is dedicated to shaping the future of the cannabis industry and is a strong advocate for responsible and Find out more about Cova at:https://www.covasoftware.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-cohen-1616a2/https://www.linkedin.com/company/covasoftware/ #KayaCastPodcast #CannabisIndustry #CEOInterview #CovaSoftware #MobileIndustry #BusinessTips #ScalingSuccess #DispensaryManagement #MarketingRestrictions #HighVolumeTransactions #RetailStrategies #CompetitionInsights #PricingStrategies #ExecutivePerspective #CannabisEntrepreneur #ValuableAdvice #DontMissThisEpisode #SitBackAndEnjoy
How to Illuminate your Cannabis Business with Successful Branding
Feb 6 2024
How to Illuminate your Cannabis Business with Successful Branding
In this power-packed episode of the Kaya Cast Podcast, we had the chance to sit down with seasoned branding experts, Andrew DeAngelo and Christopher Peak, the principals of Pipeline. With over 30 years of combined experience in helping businesses elevate their identity in the market, Andrew and Chris share insight into why building a strong, authentic brand is decisive for businesses looking to excel and scale.We shed light on both ends of the spectrum - businesses that have nailed their branding like 'Cookies' renowned for their authenticity, focusing solely on urban youth stoners, and companies like 'Rise' catering to a diverse demographic. Andrew and Christopher underline the need for businesses to rise above the mold and curate an identity that resonates with their customer base.Topping it all off, Andrew and Chris illuminate the way forward for businesses looking to refine their brands with their Brand DNA workshop. Providing a detailed outline on how this workshop could help cannabis startups create an identity that engages the right customer base.Join us for this conversation, and walk away with actionable tips on turning your cannabis business into a recognizable and well-loved brand in the marketplace. Find out more about Pipeline at:https://andrewdeangelo.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-peak-design/https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewdeangelo/https://www.instagram.com/acv.consulting/https://www.instagram.com/andrew_deangelo/https://twitter.com/andrew_deangeloFind out more about Kayapush at:https://www.kayapush.com #branding #marketing #dispensarylife #kayapush