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Cannabis & Entrepreneurship: Green Revolution 2018 in Harlem

According to Business Insider, the market for legal marijuana is massive and exploding in a big way. Legal marijuana sales are predicted to hit $9.7 billion in North America in 2017, according to a new report from cannabis industry analysts Arcview Market Research, in partnership with BDS Analytics. “The Harlem community is poised and will be prepared to take advantage of the cannabis revolution. Our organization has hosted events to inspire and empower Black people to innovate and build better businesses. The Harlem Business Alliance is hoping to push the needle away from the devastating drug policies and toward generational wealth building with this budding industry. The economic opportunity is as huge as it is vital to the Harlem community, by creating new black-owned businesses and atoning for decades of systematic & disparate oppression through the war on drugs,” says, Regina Smith, Executive Director, Harlem Business Alliance.


The Cannabis and Entrepreneurship Summit is scheduled for June 21, National Black Theatre (2031 5th Avenue), 5-9PM. Tickets are available at https://greenrevolution2018.splashthat.com/ . Social media hashtags to follow the conversation: #hbagreenrevolution and #cannabisentrepreneurship.

The Cannabis and Entrepreneurship Summit will feature participation from: Amber Senter (keynote speaker, Supernova Women); Drug Policy Alliance; Minorities for Medical Marijuana: NY Minority Alliance; Minority Cannabis Business Association; Cannabis Cultural Association; Cannaclusive; Cannatech; BDTNDR; and, Women Grow.

Smith says, “Cannabis is the hot buzzword, but it’s more than just a trending topic. It has been used as a tool to incarcerate and disenfranchise our community. Now as popular opinion shifts, it (cannabis) has the power to be economically empowering. If we aren’t paying attention and preparing our community for this shift, by working together and sharing knowledge, we will be left behind again. This event will be the first of many led by HBA and specifically for Black people in Harlem. By starting conversations like these, we can grow a community of Black entrepreneurs and prepare them early to not just participate in but to dominate in the cannabis industry.”

The Harlem Business Alliance has pledged its service as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem’s business community for over 37 years. Programs include, but are not limited to: Harlem’s first co-working space; first adult stem program; 10,000 entrepreneurs served through programs and services; 2,000 entrepreneurs received one-on-one counseling and over 1,200 workshops. With HBA’s guidance, their client’s small businesses bloomed from concept to tangible product, street vendor to store owner and food enthusiast to food artisan. Disrupt Harlem Code Squad was launched in Fall 2015, the first hyper-focused program to connect young adults with entrepreneurship options via technology.¬† Lastly, the HBA acknowledges when you educate a woman, you educate a generation; this inspired the groundbreaking Lillian Project, a tailored entrepreneur incubator for native-born African American women.

The time is now. The Cannabis and Entrepreneurship Summit will unlock opportunities for black people. Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 5:00-9:00 PM, National Black Theatre (2031 5th Avenue). Tickets can be purchased at https://greenrevolution2018.splashthat.com/ .  Follow on social at #hbagreenrevolution and #cannabisentrepreneurship.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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