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  • 18 Jul 2017 10:13 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    Cannabusiness Development - 2017 Summer Workshops

    Wed. July 26th ‘Sales and Tax Workshop - How to fill your BOE taxes’                                                                                                              Presented by: Jojo O’Donnell & Mike Goodbar w/ Liana Limited, LLC  This workshop will be in two parts - an informational session then a Q&A and work session. In the presentation, we will first provide you a basic understanding of accounting and record-keeping needs for our industry.  We then will transition into a detailed discussion of sales and use taxes for cannabis businesses. In the Q&A and work session, we will answer questions and go through the step-by-step process of preparing and filing your sales and use tax returns.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sales-and-tax-workshop-cannabusiness-development-2017-summer-tickets-36085861784

    Wed. Aug. 2nd 'Writing your Individual Cannabusiness Plan’

    Presented by: Cara Cordoni - Asherah Consulting  & Thomas K. Edrington  - Humboldt Nomad Consulting 

    Every business needs a plan. In this hands-on workshop begin writing your individual cannabusiness plan. A business plan is a living document that helps you identify and reach your business goals by defining major components of your business. Your plan is a tool for reaching goals, recruiting new talent, soliciting investment and completing licensing.

    In this workshop, we’ll introduce business plan components and show what they mean for your business. We’ll cover Organization and Management; Production Process Overviews; Branding and Marketing Plans; and other business plan sections. Then you’ll get your hands dirty writing out portions of your own plan, with help onsite. By the end you the day you'll have a concrete start and understand your next steps to completing a useful and meaningful plan for your business. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-your-individual-cannabusiness-plan-cannabusiness-development-tickets-36088924946?aff=erelpanelorg

    Wed. August 9th ‘Cannabusiness Structures & Housekeeping’ 

    Presented by: Liana Held, founder of Liana Ltd. & Jojo O’Donnell

    Liana Held will discuss various business structures currently used in the cannabis industry and business development, with an eye towards tax considerations such as Section 280e.  After the break, Jojo will go through "corporate housekeeping" - maintaining records and keeping them up to date.  We will then go through a work session and walk-through for participants with existing businesses on to get certain records current.  This will include filing current Statement of Information forms with the California Secretary of State. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabusiness-structures-housekeeping-cannabusiness-development-2017-summer-workshops-tickets-36089118525?aff=erelpanelorg

    Wed. August 16th 'Standard Operating Procedures(SOP) The Recipe Book for your Cannabusiness'

    Presented by: Cara Cordoni - Asherah Consulting & Thomas K. Edrington - Humboldt Nomad Consulting 

    Compliance, employee training, and investment searches all require entrepreneurs to be able to explain their routines. Cutting waste, scaling, and developing new products need clear, detailed knowledge of the tasks you perform. Good Standard Operating Procedures can meet all of these needs. SOPs are the recipe book for how your organization does what it does, defining step-by-step the roles, responsibilities, and actions you’ll be relying on every day. In this workshop, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a good Standard Operating Procedure. We’ll cover what topics needs SOPs, what they should include, and how to easily assemble them. By the end of the day you'll have a concrete start and understand your next steps to completing SOPs for your business. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/standard-operating-proceduressop-the-recipe-book-for-your-cannabusiness-tickets-36090003171

    All Workshops:  

    Time : 1pm to 4pm                  

    Location : 399 D  South Main St. Willits CA        

    Cost : $35 a workshop          

    To register call 707-223-4367 or email mendocinocannabiresource@gmail.com or through Eventbrite


    Sponsored byFLOW KANA

    The Cannabusiness Development – 2017 Summer Workshops is a project of Karen Byars founder of the Mendocino Cannabis Resource LLC. With over 25 years of experience in grassroots organizing for Cannabis legalization Karen & MCR bring together a line-up of presenters that will be inspirational and informative, all experts in their field. Currently cannabis companies that work directly with the cannabis plant cannot receive support from their cities/counties Small Business Development (SBD) centers because they receive federal funds. MCR, with the support of the workshops sponsor, Flow Kana, has organized SBD workshops to guarantee that cannabis cultivators, medicine makers and manufacturers have the business foundation they will need to survive the challenges of the rapidly developing cannabis industry.  

    The workshops are for anyone applying for a cannabis permit or their team members, 

    & those who are interested in working with licensed cannabis providers. 

    mendocinocannabisresource.com

    Workshop Presenters:

    Jojo O’Donnell, Liana Limited

    With more than 10 years of experience working with attorneys in assisting cannabis businesses, Jojo (Joanna) O'Donnell understands business formation and compliance. Jojo enjoys translating jargon and helping clients learn how to maintain their businesses and records - with an eye to solving problems before they happen.

    Mike Goodbar, Liana Limited

    Mike has been in the cannabis industry for 17 years, with 9 years of experience in bookkeeping. He has worked with not-for-profit corporations of all sizes over the past 29 years. He currently specializes in bookkeeping and sales tax preparation for cannabis businesses.

    Cara Cordoni, Asherah Consulting 

    Cara is a seasoned cannabis consultant who learned business management while working in San Francisco for Charles Schwab and the nuances of the emerging cannabis industry while at Green Rush Consulting in Oakland. Cara helps her clients with a focus on strategy, compliance docmentation, marketing and public relations. 

    Thomas Edrington, Humboldt Nomad Consulting  

    Thomas is a business planning and strategy consultant who has successfully worked with Humboldt County farmers to obtain their commercial cultivation permits. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the Executive Director of the Arcata Holistic Health Center, a small business incubator. Thomas has worked with nonprofits, activist organizations, and cannabis entrepreneurs to promote wise cannabis policies and practices.

     Private Consulting available at a discounted cost for one-on-one meetings for business development. 

    To make an appointment call 707-223-4367

    Cannabusiness Development - 2017 Summer Workshop Sponsors!

    With the generous support from Flow Kana, MCR can offer the workshops at a more affordable cost, $35 a workshop! 

     Flow Kana, ‘We pride ourselves on being the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand to represent two of California's most special micro-climates and their small farmer ecosystems. We partner with, and give scale to, premier artisan farmers in Mendocino County and Southern Humboldt who focus on small batch, boutique strains. Our products are available throughout the Golden State.’ 

     flowkana.com


  • 17 Apr 2017 10:04 AM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    California Growers Association
    Board of Directors
    915 L Street C413
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    RE: Unity and Collaboration


    Dear Members of the Board,

    Small Farmers Association Board of Directors continues to believe it a necessity to build a strong relationship with the California Growers Association since we last communicated our interest to your Executive Director in 2014. There is no better time to do so than right now with the Governors Draft Trailer Bill. Based on our on-the- ground research in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, and the historical deceleration of the Agricultural Coop model in California, there is certainty the outcome of this trailer bill, if not amended, will destroy the California Small Farmer.

    The economic destruction and poverty of Northern California will be unprecedented if the bill is not revised to curb full vertical integration. Not only the Small Farmers, but the businesses they patron will be effected. While we appreciate your passion regarding Agricultural Cooperatives, they will not stop the poverty and economic destruction that full integration represents. Nationally, we can look at every industry that has been trampled by the corporiazation in lieu of collaboration with the small farmers and/or mom and pop shop of America.

    It is time to move into a mature relationship between our organizations, along with the Sonoma County Growers Association and the International Farmers Alliance. With unity similar to the Vintners Associations, we can be unstoppable and accomplish success for our members and the California Small Farmer.

    We believe collaboration on language is of the utmost importance. If we are to change this bill in the next couple weeks, we must continue to move quickly. We propose a conference call with the following Board members at an arranged date based on our calendars, at or around the noon hour to further discuss our collaboration for the sake of all small farmers of California.

    Respectfully your Board Members,
    Kevin Shi -- Lane Labbe -- Joe Fernandez

    ^ Representing sfa's diversity in entrepreneurship is board members Kevin shi and Joe Fernandez meeting in Sacramento at the capital regarding the small farming challenged trailer bill

  • 14 Apr 2017 12:56 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    Thank you for contacting my office regarding cannabis regulations in California. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

    I too believe that our state’s cannabis polices should protect small businesses in our rural communities. As one of the authors of the Medical Marijuana Regulatory and Safety Act (MRSA), I worked to protect California from vertical cannabis integration and unlimited cross licensure because I believed they would not serve our community well. I did not support Proposition 64 for the same reasons. Unfortunately with the passage of Prop 64, which did not include these protections, the will of the voters has taken precedence. To make any changes to the vertical integration model established in Prop 64, it will require another vote of the people.

    While I share your concerns about the impacts this model may have on small growers in my district, there are a few developments that I see as hopeful. The budget trailer language does include a limitation on the number of licenses that will be provided to Type 3 medium size growers. I hope this limitation, as well as delayed implementation on the issuance of Type 5 licenses to large grower will allow time for growers in the district to establish themselves.

    Additionally, last year I authored AB 2516 creating a specialty cottage cultivator license for small growers who grow only a handful of plants on relatively small plots of land. These cottage farmers often rely on medical cannabis cultivation to supplement their income, or simply as one product in a larger agricultural portfolio. 

    Sincerely,
    JIM WOOD
    Assemblymember, 2nd District


  • 10 Apr 2017 10:26 AM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    Dear Graciela and Governor Brown-

    So much has been made of Judge Gorsuch's failure to look after "the little guy".  Before us is a preeminent case in CA of real risk that those little folks become extinguished by poorly drafted laws and special interests.  

    The Draft Trailer Bill for regulation of medical and legal cannabis allows unlimited licenser and fully implemented vertical integration. History shows in other states with vertical integration the small farmer disappears. This is what the small farmers of California have been fighting against for the last seven years. Most recently in a two year process with MMRSA, which protected the CA small farmer. 


    I am writing you today to protect the California small farmer. One way is through regulatory restrictions of licenser that curbs vertical integration of the cannabis industry. While Southern California benefits from such integration, Northern California will become desolate from such vertical integration. Please listen to our representatives in Sacramento so our homes, our families, and our rural small communities can survive. 

    Sincerely, 

    David J Welch

    A tax paying small farmer 


  • 6 Apr 2017 1:05 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    Dear Graciela Castillo Krings,

    The Draft Trailer Bill for regulation of medical and legal cannabis allows unlimited licenser and fully implemented vertical integration. History shows in other states with vertical integration the small farmer disappears. This is what the small farmers of California have been fighting against for the last seven years. Most recently in a two year process with MMRSA, which protected the CA small farmer. 

    I am writing you today to protect the California small farmer. One way is through regulatory restrictions of licenser that curbs vertical integration of the cannabis industry. While Southern California benefits from such integration, Northern California will become desolate from such vertical integration. Please listen to our representatives in Sacramento so our homes, our families, and our rural small communities can survive. 

    Sincerely, 
    A tax paying small farmer 

  • 2 Apr 2017 2:10 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)


    At the end of this month, the Small Farmers Association will partner with Yokayo Ranch in Ukiah to donate $100 of fresh herbs and vegetables.

    Plowshares community Dining Room serves a free hot meal every weekday for lunch and dinner, open to all, with no questions asked. Seniors and families with small children areserved first. Most of the food used in these meals is donated by local food producers and retailers, andmost of the work is done by volunteers.  

       

    Yokayo Ranch is located on 40 acres, and several of those acres are devoted to a beginning farm, called Yokayo Roots Farm, which uses draft horses. Over time they’ll be developing a farm to table produce option for guests of Yokayo Ranch.  They have several farmers involved with the farm:  

     

  • 29 Dec 2016 3:09 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)


  • 30 Jun 2016 3:23 PM | Pia Barton (Administrator)

    The application for the Mendocino County Medical Cannabis 9.31 Exemption Program and Permit Process is now available! Click here to download your application.

    Join Julia Carerra for a step by step tutorial on how to fill our your application correctly. 


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