OEN Cannabis Business Basics

OEN is committed to helping entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to start and scale their businesses. As we began to support companies in the cannabis industry, our partners, including NuLeaf, and Prosper Portland, among others, echoed the concerns we heard from the entrepreneurs themselves: Historically, cannabis companies have been excluded from traditional business education, putting them at a distinct disadvantage in an already very complicated and challenging industry. Therefore, OEN is partnering with NuLeaf and others to provide extensive business training for companies in the cannabis industry.


Are you a scaling business in the cannabis industry?  Are you looking to connect with experts in the sector who can help you get to the next level?  Do you want to connect with a peer group of other cannabis founders? If so, our 10-week Cannabis Business Basics series is for you!

Our 10-week Cannabis Business Basics series covers the nuts and bolts of building and scaling a strong business, through the lens of the cannabis industry. Topics will include sales & marketing strategies, fundraising, finance and accounting, HR, legal & compliance, and much more. All instructors are experts in the cannabis industry and have a track record of helping companies succeed.

This series has also been designed to educate participants on the diversity and equity challenges facing the cannabis industry, and provide strategies for building a more diverse industry. Each course topic will take into account the unique hurdles business owners of color face, and include tools for overcoming those challenges.


  • Welcome & Goal Setting; Intro to equity and inclusion
  • Your Business Structure Checklist and Intro to real estate considerations
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Building a Sales Strategy
  • Developing a Healthy Financial Structure
  • Business Operations and Lean Principles
  • Compliance and Licencing
  • Funding Your Company
  • Hiring and Firing a Team
  • Wrap Up Session

In addition to a top-notch curriculum that provides critical business skills applicable to any business, each participant in OEN’s Cannabis Business Basics will have access to a network of mentors covering each of the session topics above.  Our mentors have agreed to provide guidance during the full 10 weeks of this program.  Have a burning question about licensing? No need to wait until week 7, just email one of our mentors. A full mentor list will be provided on the first day of class and will be updated regularly. 

This course was developed by OEN’s Cannabis Leadership team in partnership with Nu Leaf, and is the first major program specifically tailored for businesses in the cannabis sector. OEN’s goal is to help a diverse group of entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry connect to the resources they need so they can significantly increase their odds of success. OEN’s driving mission is that a thriving networking of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger, and we look forward to playing our part to strengthen the business community surrounding cannabis.

Have a question or doubt this is the right program for you? Check out our FAQ here

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1/25/2019 01:30 PM
1/25/2019 04:30 PM
OEN Cannabis Business Basics
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Emerge Law Group, 805 SW Broadway #2400, Portland


Eligibility:  If you’re an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry who has launched a business and want to meet other industry experts, has technical business questions, or just want to meet a cohort of other cannabis businesses to learn from and share with, this series is for you!

Cost: $1,300 for OEN members and $1,550 for non-members. Space is limited to 25 in-person participants, so register early!

Can’t make it in person? If you are unable to join us in person, then our webcast option is for you! Webcasting allows you to participate from anywhere in the state. You can participate live (as if you were in the room) or watch the recording later if you have a conflict. Webcast only pricing is $1,040 for OEN members and $1,240 for non-members *Sorry, no refunds*

Scholarship Opportunities: We have two types of scholarships available for the Cannabis Business Basics series. All scholarship applications are due by Jan 16, 2019:

1) If your business DOES satisfy the NuLeaf scholarship qualifications listed below, please complete the questions included in this application form and submit it via email to info@nuleafproject.org to be considered for a full scholarship.

  1. Incorporated in the State of Oregon with a Portland, OR address.
  2. Business ownership is 51% held by people historically, disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization, with priority placed on African Americans, then secondary preference to Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.
  3. Business has a product or service with existing user base (clients, customers, medical patients, readership, attendees, etc). A test or pilot user base qualifies. A cannabis license is not required.

2) If your business DOES NOT satisfy the NuLeaf scholarship qualifications listed above, but you would still like to be considered for an OEN scholarship for the Cannabis Business Basics series, please complete this application form to be considered for a partial scholarship. NOTE: OEN scholarships are only available to OEN members. If you are awarded a full or partial scholarship, you will be asked to join OEN before the first class.


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January 25, 2019 1:30 PM
January 25, 2019 4:30 PM
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Emerge Law Group
805 SW Broadway #2400
Portland OR
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Marissa Schwartz or Julie Brown
(503) 222-2270
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