OEN PubTalk: Mainstreaming Cannabis

Online registration is now closed for tonight’s PubTalk. We will take walk-ins at the door. 


Do you have a growing Cannabis business? Are you curious about the Cannabis industry? Our January PubTalk will cover a high-level review of business issues all entrepreneurs should be aware of, including sales & marketing, fundraising, finance and accounting, and more, all through the lens of the cannabis industry. Register today and get tips on growing your cannabis business.

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01/16/2019 05:15 PM
01/16/2019 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Mainstreaming Cannabis
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $15 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door.
*Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our February PubTalk!


Gary Bracelin

Founder, Tokyo Starfish 

Founder and partner at Tokyo Starfish, a vertical premium cannabis brand with three dispensaries, an indoor grow and wholesale distributor based in Bend Oregon, Gary Bracelin has over 30 years experience launching and building companies in emerging industries. An OEN board member, Gary heads the OEN Cannabis Committee and as a founding board member of Celebrate Cannabis, a regional advocacy non-profit, he has advised economic councils, government committees, and political allies to help shape the legal cannabis market in Oregon. Gary also founded and continues mentoring for Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), the first outdoor industry-specific incubator in the U.S. After co-founding the Oregon Outdoor Alliance in 2014, he founded BOW the same year, grew the organization and now collaborates with other communities interested in supporting and helping outdoor companies thrive and succeed.


Jess Columbo

Founder, Tiller

Jess Columbo is a writer, professor, and the founder of Tiller, a Portland-based digital and creative agency, serving mission-driven clients in cannabis. After more than a decade in regulated industry marketing, Jess left the corporate rat race to build a practice rooted in her personal values and commitment to combatting our nation’s opioid epidemic. Tiller works to tell stories about cannabis that deconstruct stigma and advance key public health, social justice, and sustainability initiatives. In her spare time, Jess sits on numerous non-profit boards and posts a lot of pictures of her cat on Instagram.


Jesce Horton

Co-founder, Nu Leaf Project

Jesce Horton is an engineer by education, an energy management and automation expert through training, and a horticulturalist by passion. In 2013, soon after moving to Portland, OR, Jesce began growing medical cannabis in his home for two elderly patients who were suffering from cancer, pain, and insomnia. After seeing the benefits of medical cannabis, Jesce founded Panacea Valley Gardens, an indoor and greenhouse cultivation facility in metro Portland. Also, he co-founded the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first and largest non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs. This year, with his wife and notable industry executive, Jeannette Ward Horton, Jesce founded a historic initiative initially funded by the City of Portland, the Nu Leaf Project. This new non-profit will deliver grants, educational resources, job matching assistance and entrepreneurial services to cannabis business owners and career hopefuls.


Dave Kopilak

Co-founder, Emerge Law Group

Dave Kopilak focuses his practice on business and corporate law. He has extensive experience in assisting clients with business structuring, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities, equity incentive plans, and all types of commercial contracts. Dave was the primary drafter of Oregon Ballot Measure 91 and has a unique understanding of the business, corporate, and securities law challenges that cannabis businesses face. Prior to co-founding Emerge Law Group, Dave was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Oregon’s second-largest law firm. He also worked on-site at Intel Corporation where he drafted and negotiated numerous contracts and created several new legal document templates for complex business scenarios. For eight years, Dave was an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he taught a mergers and acquisitions lab class. Outside the practice of law, Dave has engaged in a number of entrepreneurial ventures. He is the president and co-founder of ClayTablet, a company that provides legal document templates to Oregon and Washington attorneys.


Christine Smith

CEO, Grön Chocolate

Christine is the founder and CEO of Grön Chocolate, Grön, LLC and GrönCBD, one of the largest OLCC licensed edible processors in Oregon as well as a leading craft-oriented CBD company in the upscale national marketplace. Christine brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed architect before changing gears in 2015 and parlaying her project management experience, her culinary passion and creative background into the cannabis industry. Without any outside investment to date and over the course of fewer than three years, Christine has led Grön from a tiny, woman-owned and operated start-up to a successful, expanding line of edible and CBD companies with products that are available nationwide. Grön is proud to employ 30 Oregonians, offering competitive wages, full benefit packages, paid time off, and maternity leave. Grön only sources ingredients and products from sustainable, fair-trade partners, and is fully committed to elevating the industry standard for THC and CBD infused products.



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January 16, 2019 5:15 PM
January 16, 2019 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Julie Brown
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