Opportunity and Success
at Major Southwest Cannabis B2B Expo
Feb. 13 – 14, 2020
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cannabis Industrial Marketplace brought business and educational opportunities to the emerging Southwest cannabusiness market during their two-day summit and expo in Phoenix, on Feb. 13 and 14. Exhibitors and attendees alike learned more about the expanding cannabis and hemp markets, explored opportunities on the expo floor, and nurtured relationships at the networking mixer.
“We were able to make some good connections,” said CK Field with exhibitor Anion Extraction Systems, who specialize in taking cannabis extraction to the next level with their optimized extraction platforms. Other exhibitors echoed this sentiment, including Infusion Edibles. “It’s been great, a lot of great connections,” they added.
For some exhibitors, like Arizona-based expo sponsor Sun Valley Health, being in familiar territory provided them with an advantage. “It’s really down to earth this time being in our home state,” Randy Warshaw, media director for Sun Valley Health, noted.
Sun Valley Health aims to optimize the certification process by putting patients first, and to provide franchise opportunities for those interested in operating their own clinic. Attendees at the Arizona expo looking to obtain their medical marijuana cards were able to visit Sun Valley’s certification booth, follow their five step process, and then received their cards quickly. “[Our] clinic did almost as well as one of our brick-and-mortar locations,” Warshaw said.
However, not all local exhibitors needed to take advantage of being in their home state. Phoenix-based cannabis packaging distributor Dizpot were able to establish connections with potential leads in other states as well. “We’ve had three or four people, and a few from Oklahoma I am going to contact when I get back,” said Percy Walton, a sales representative with Dizpot. Joshua Alper, executive vice president of Harvest 360 Technologies, was also able to seal the deal with a client from Illinois for product development, all while in Phoenix.
As a special feature throughout the two-day event, attendees were able to attend live demonstrations each day from exhibitor Ruidoso Malinois, a breeder specializing in K-9 security dogs. Intended to highlight the efficiency and skill of the dogs, the demonstrations featured one handler with the dog while another handler wearing a hooded sweatshirt over protective gear approached them, making subtle threatening movements. After several warning barks from the dog, the “owner” released the dog who then went for the “attacker” and wouldn’t let go until given a special command from the handler.
“We like to show it so people know it’s different from police dogs. It’s more, ‘Hey, my dog bites, back off,’” Hans Echeverris, a handler with Ruidoso Malinois who was the one wearing the hooded sweatshirt during the demonstration, explained. “It’s more about security. I don’t hear well, I have titanium in my head, so when my dog turns, I turn and look too,” he added.
Beyond the expo floor, attendees and exhibitors took advantage of the educational opportunities each day provided by industry leaders. Audra Tagliaferri, with MJ Platform, hosted a seminar titled “Using Retail Data to Drive Revenue and Keep You Ahead of the Competition” “I gave a seminar and everything was really well done and well organized,” she added. MJ Platform, powered by Akerna is the industry-leading software, consulting, and data solution for cannabis businesses, processing $15B in cannabis sales transactions and serving clients in every regulated market in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Those unable to attend the expo in Phoenix should consider attending any of the other upcoming USCannaExpos.com expos:
Michigan – March 18 and 19, Frankenmuth Credit Union Event Center, Birch Run, Mich.
Chicago – May 21 and 22, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illi.
Tri-State – Aug. 5 and 6, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
Ohio/Kentucky – Oct. 21 and 22, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati.
On Thursday evening, the expo exhibitors, attendees, and speakers; mingled, relaxed, and shared experiences over drinks and good eats at our Networking Mixer, held at The Venue on Washington.