The Atheneum Hotel is a stunning piece of Detroit history!
This Conference features both a great location AND some fantastic seminar speakers.
The Atheneum Suite Hotel is proud to be Detroit’s premier all-suite hotel located in Greektown. Each well-appointed suite features traditional décor with Modern Greek flair, fantastic city views and our signature oversized marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs or whirlpools.
The Atheneum Suite Hotel offers an intoxicating blend of atmospheres from distinct regions of the world. Paintings of Greek mythological figures welcome you as they gaze down on the striking marble lobby, the sights and pulse of Detroit beckon just outside the front door.
Seminars with information you need to know
We begin with a Keynote Address by the Detroit City Council President pro tem George Cushingberry. Following that, Justin Dunaskiss delivers a solid primer for the MMFLA. We follow with an inspirational speech delivered by Anqunette 'Q' Jamison, former Fox News Detroit anchor and a noted multiple sclerosis patient. During our two hour In-Line Networking Session our guests will be served lunch and those who wish to have an opportunity to use an open mic time to announce their product, service or organization to the room. We finish the day with presentations by a CPA named Paul Samways, and a special update from the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) on the rollout of the new program- a statewide first! Two panel discussions complete the Conference- one on Minority Inclusion and the other on Advancing Women in the Cannabis Industry, both of which feature excellent moderators and interesting participants.
Arrive early- Stay late!
Information is the main reason for most of us to attend the Conference, but you can't deny the value of NETWORKING! Every attendee will be treated to refreshments served by the hotel's catering service, and that includes the pre-registration networking mixer. Even after the microphones are turned off, lingering to enjoy coffee and conversation is a must at a Conference of this size. The food at MICBD events is always special- those who attended the 2015, 2016 or 2017 Conferences will attest to it! Refreshments will be available to attendees throughout the Conference, and a fabulous lunch will be served for everyone. This is a great time to network with the Seminar presenters, too!
Panel Discussion: Advancing Women in the Cannabis Industry
This MICBD Conference will feature a discussion on how best to advance women into positions of significance in the emergent cannabis industry. Moderated by Michigan attorney Allison Ireton, the Panel features experts from inside and outside the industry, including Margeaux Bruner (Women Grow, Metro Detroit) and Carmen Brace (ACLARA Research, pictured).
Panel Discussion: Minority Inclusion
Also featured during the Detroit Conference will be a very special panel discussion regarding the disparity of minority-owned businesses in the cannabis industry. The panel will be moderated by Oakland County criminal defense attorney Barton Morris, and features Jamaine Dickins (DMC Strategies) and Ron Jones (Sons of Hemp).
Event Founder and Emcee: Rick Thompson
Rick Thompson is the host of the Understanding seminar, as he was for the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Conference last year. An award-winning journalist, a celebrated activist, and a professional photographer, Thompson has been involved in the medical marijuana business community since 2009. He currently sits on the Boards of the MINORML and MILegalize organizations and is the Editor of The Compassion Chronicles.