HempStrong Brands, which began the skincare line Hemp & Honey Plus, will be at the upcoming IndoExpo in Denver November 15-16. The Cannabist recently interviewed the two entrepreneurs behind HempStrong Brands to learn more about their company and their perspective on the growing “green rush.”
Once Scott Sondles and Michael Bumgarner learned about the benefits of hemp, they recognized the potential it offers as an alternative commodity to grow in the Midwest. Their long-term goal is to create local, sustainable hemp business opportunities. To reach such a goal Sondles and Bumgarner have added another goal to their list: to lead the way in the Midwest by educating people and encouraging common-sense legislation to cultivate industrial hemp. Legalizing industrial hemp in Ohio, where Bumgarner is from, could employ small farmers, improve the environment and offer healthy lifestyle products to consumers.
Why are they going to Denver for the IndoExpo? Canada has been the source for the hemp seed oil that goes into Hemp & Honey Plus products. Bumgarner told The Cannabist, “We have meetings already in place (with American hemp producers at the IndoExpo)….As soon as the hemp supply meets our demand, we definitely want to source our materials from American companies.”
Want to learn more about HempStrong Brands? Read Elana Ashanti Jefferson’s article in The Cannabist.
Have you registered to attend the IndoExpo? Oaksterdam University, in collaboration with NORML Business Alliance and Denver Mart, will host two seminars for existing and potential cannabis entrepreneurs. The Classic Basic Seminar covers the basics of entering the cannabis industry and the Budtending Seminar, which is an addendum to the basic seminar and covers patient relations, budtending, procurement and allocation, and regulations of Colorado’s dispensing law.
“As an early adopter of medicinal and adult marijuana, Colorado has many new and growing cannabis businesses looking for comprehensive training from dependable sources such as ours,” said Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of OU. “They need qualified employees. OU has been training people interested in cannabis since 2007, and we’re happy to be offering this education locally to people wanting to open a business or train current staff in Colorado.”
OU is also sponsoring a Public Job Fair on November 16 from 10 am to 6 pm. “This is an excellent opportunity to put qualified candidates in front of employers of choice,” added Jones.
The Indo Expo Trade Show is a two-day, full-spectrum event designed to assist in building relationships between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and the public. The show features exhibitors from a wide range of areas including cultivation, new technologies, smoke, lifestyle, education, industrial hemp, and industry services. A number of guest speakers and a variety of educational seminars, classes and workshops will be offered. Saturday is focused on business-to-business networking, and is open to the public on Sunday. All activities will be held in The Denver Mart Expo Building at 451 E 58th Avenue, Denver, CO.