Business Resources

Business ResourcesBusiness resources with links are listed below including state requirements, business plan template, and basic cannabis business information.

The Executive Entrepreneur Cannabis Courses do not cover business basics. There are online business resources and templates for business, marketing, and financial plans.  We expect attendees to have begun the process of writing their overall business plan and to be knowledgeable of licensing regulations and legislation for their state, county and state prior to taking the courses.

The Women’s Cannabis Chamber of Commerce is serious about Creating Cannabis CEOs. 

Business Resources: Links to Business Plan Templates

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education, mentorship, and resources. Score has helped businesses for over fifty years, and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The business plan sections include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Products and Services
  • Marketing Plan
  • Operational Plan
  • Management & Organization
  • Startup Expenses & Capitalization
  • Financial Plan
  • Appendices

The last section, “Refining Your Plan,” explains ways you may need to modify your plan for specific purposes, such as getting a bank loan, or for specific industries, such as retail.

Business Plan Template

LivePlan makes writing any type of business plan easy. The app asks you questions about your business, you just fill in the answers.  LivePlan pricing ranges from 11.99 – 19.99 per month

LivePlan offers:

  • Simple step–by–step instructions
  • Detailed examples for every section of the plan
  • 500+ sample plans you can copy and paste from
  • Financial Tables and Charts based upon the information you enter
  • Investor Ready
  • Ability to update and revise as your needs change
  • Track your progress and manage your business in an easy-to-read dashboard

LivePlan offers business resources and options that enables you to update and adjust your plan for prospective investors.

Business Resources: Links to States’ Licensing Websites

The type of licensing and documentation your marijuana business requires will depend on both the location of your operation and the sort of business you are conducting.

Alaska Alaska’s laws permit the use of both medical and recreational marijuana. You may apply for a Marijuana Establishment License online.
Arizona The Arizona Department of Health Services runs the medical marijuana program,
Arkansas The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is in charge of the state’s medical marijuana program.
California . There are three state licensing authorities: the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing.
Colorado . There are two types of applications: medical marijuana business license and retail marijuana business license.
Connecticut The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is responsible for the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. .
Delaware The Medical Marijuana Program in Delaware is part of the Public Health Division.
Florida The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (a division of the Florida Department of Health) is responsible for writing and implementing the departments rules and licensing businesses to dispense, process, and cultivate medical marijuana. T
Hawaii The Hawaii Department of Health is responsible for administering its Medical Cannabis Program.
Illinois Illinois’ Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is responsible for issuing licenses for dispensaries.
Louisiana  Only a limited number of specially-licensed pharmacies will be approved for the distribution of marijuana.
Maine The Division of Public Health Systems is responsible for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
Maryland The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is responsible for developing policies, procedures, and regulations for medical marijuana use.
Massachusetts The state’s Department of Health is responsible for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. In order to operate a Registered Marijuana Dispensary (RMD), an applicant must apply for an RMD Certificate of Registration.

In order to obtain a license in compliance with the state’s Adult Use of Marijuana law passed in 2016, you must apply through the Cannabis Control Commission.

Michigan The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is responsible for overseeing medical marihuana and is composed of the Medical Marihuana Program and the Facility Licensing Division.
Minnesota  The Department of Health selected two companies as registered manufacturers and distributors of marijuana.
Montana The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is responsible for the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Nevada The Nevada Department of Taxation is responsible for licensing and regulating retail marijuana businesses
New Hampshire The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for administering the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.
New Jersey The New Jersey Department of Health is responsible for the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program.
New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health is responsible for overseeing the Medical Cannabis Program.
New York New York’s Department of Health is responsible for its Medical Marijuana Program. Only Registered Organizations can manufacture and dispense medical marijuana.
North Dakota The Division of Medical Marijuana (part of the North Dakota Department of Health) is responsible for the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Ohio While the state has already licensed a limited number of growers, dispensaries, and other businesses, it may issue more licenses as needed to meet demand.
Oregon  The state requires separate licenses and registration for growers and dispensary operators. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission License (OLCC) accepts applications for recreational marijuana licenses.
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation is responsible overseeing and licensing dispensaries (known as “compassion centers”) and cultivators.
Vermont The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the Marijuana Registry and issues dispensary registration certificates.
Washington The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is responsible for marijuana licensing

Business Resources: Blogging & Posting

Grammarly is a Chrome extension that scans your writing and shows you not only spelling errors but also grammar errors as well.  It also shows you the correction and replaces it with the click of the mouse.   They have a free and paid version.

Hemingway App is another app that helps with your writing.  If you paste your article into the app, it will show you numerous ways to make your writing simpler to read and make your sentences shorter and more concise.  The web version is free, the desktop version is paid.

Hootsuite  lets you manage your social media accounts in one dashboard, allowing you to create and respond to messages within the app so you don’t have to log into several different accounts.  The free plan allows one user and three social media profiles.

Buffer  lets you curate content and share across your social media platforms according to any schedule you create with a touch of a button.  You set up the schedule once and then just load your queue with posts and Buffer does the rest. It is easy to use, powerful and has a ton of features like social analytics.  Buffer also integrates with just about anything so it makes sharing across your social platforms very easy to do.  The free plan is enough for most people, with a paid plan if you manage a lot of social media accounts.

Business Resources: Design

Canva is the design platform for non-designers.  It’s a drag and drop visual design editor that allows you to layer elements the same way you do in Photoshop, without the high technical learning curve.  If you use social media then this is a must have tool.  They also have a nice design course for beginners that is free as well.