The Cannabis Business Minds Show

The Cannabis Business Minds Show

Upskill on your cannabis business, finance, and compliance skills! If you’re looking for quick, easy, and value-added information about doing business in the cannabis industry, then look no more. Each episode of Cannabis Business Minds will provide you with valuable tips and insight from industry leaders that you can apply to your own business or career. Hosted by CPA and Cannabis Advisor, Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, CPA.


July 4, 2023 20 mins

In this episode, Simone unveils her latest focus, centered on the crucial elements of success: money, mindset, and business.

Simone explores the concept of achieving financial wholeness in the entrepreneurial journey, regardless of the industry you operate in. She emphasizes the need to build a business that supports you financially and allows you to realize a profit by adding value through your work.

Financially Whole is...

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In this episode, we dive deep into the challenges faced by small businesses in the cannabis industry and the solutions that can help overcome them as Simone continues her conversation with Kenneth Mason, CEO of Equibis.

Kenneth shares his insights on the unique challenges faced by small businesses in the cannabis industry, from navigating legal requirements to accessing capital and banking services. He also talks about the importan...

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In this episode, we delve into the career transformation of Kenneth Mason, who went from being an accountant to becoming an entrepreneur empowering small businesses through Equibis.

Kenneth shares his insights on navigating entrepreneurship as an accountant and the lessons he learned along the way. He also talks about his first dip into entrepreneurship and how it led him to discover his true purpose.

Kenneth emphasizes t...

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Do you have a cannabis business that needs to raise funds? The process of fundraising can be difficult and time-consuming, so it's crucial for startup founders to have a strategic approach.

In this episode, we delve deeper into business valuations and investing with Richard Bernard, Vice President of Houlihan Capital's Valuation and Financial Advisory Group. Here are some of the major topics we cover:

  • How to...
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April 17, 2023 17 mins

Business owners must take into account numerous factors that heavily influence a company’s value. In this episode, Richard Bernard, the Vice President of Houlihan Capital’s Valuation and Financial Advisory Group, sheds light on the process of valuing businesses within the cannabis industry. Some key takeaways include:

  • Bernard's background and involvement in the cannabis industry and his work with Houlihan Capital
  • An...
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April 13, 2023 23 mins

In this episode, we continue Simone’s conversation with Eric Canori and delve deeper into the topic of resilience and conquering hardships. Eric divulges his latest undertaking in cannabis cultivation in the New York market, the practices he adopted to cope with traumatic experiences, and his future aspirations.

Eric Canori's memoir, titled "Pressure," is a captivating account of his journey towards perseverance,...

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Before cannabis became legal in any state, Eric Canori was a prominent high-end cannabis dealer on the East Coast of the United States, responsible for smuggling over $300 million worth of the drug.

In this episode, Simone interviews Eric about his journey and transformation as a former high-end cannabis dealer turned author and legal entrepreneur. Eric discusses his experiences living a fast-paced lifestyle, burying gold bar...

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In this episode, Jen Flanagan interviews hemp industry expert Shawn Hauser. As a partner at Vicente LLP and a co-chair of the firm's Hemp and Cannabinoids Department, Shawn helps businesses navigate the complex regulatory landscape of the hemp market.

Shawn shares insights into the differences between hemp and cannabis, and the unique challenges that hemp operators face in the industry. She discusses the current state of t...

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Join Jen Flanagan in this episode, where she talks to Sahar Ayinehsazian, a partner in Vicente LLP's Los Angeles office and co-lead for the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Access practice.

Sahar shares her insights on the challenges and opportunities in cannabis banking. Discover how to find a trustworthy banking partner, potential fees for cannabis operators, and the obstacles in cannabis banking. Sahar also provide...

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In this episode, Jen Flanagan interviews Brian Vicente, Founding Partner of Vicente LLP and a pioneer in the cannabis industry.

From the inception of the cannabis industry, Brian has been at the forefront of shaping the regulated industry. He shares with us his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the cannabis industry today for entrepreneurs and service providers alike and his vision for the future of this rapi...

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Join us as we kick off our four-part series with guest host Jen Flanagan. In this episode, we get insights and tips on cannabis compliance with Casey Leaver, the director of regulatory compliance at Vincente LLP. Casey is a compliance expert with years of experience under her belt. She knows what it takes to keep a cannabis business compliant in today's ever-evolving regulatory landscape.

We dive deep into the differences betw...

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In this episode, we get an insight of how the Massachusetts cannabis industry started from former Commissioner Jen Flanagan. 

Commissioner Flanagan, currently the director of regulatory policy for Vicente LLP, shares her experience and perspective on her role as one of the appointed inaugural Commissioners on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission in 2017. Some of the major highlights:

  • What’s going on in...
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In this episode, we continue our conversation with Cannabis Law & Tax Specialist Paula Collins. We talked about her experience in working with cannabis business owners and how the New York Consortium of Cannabis Accountants are supporting social equity applicants.

Some major highlights from our conversation:

  • What cannabis entrepreneurs should watch out for when it comes to taxes
  • The fastest way entrepreneurs can get into...
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March 6, 2023 25 mins

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Cannabis Law & Tax Specialist Paula Collins on cannabis taxation. Some major highlights from our conversation:

  • The current New York tax structure and the licensed market
  • The best case scenario in the next 12 months
  • Her proposed transitional license and work as a co-founder of the New York Consortium of Cannabis Accountants (NYCCA)
  • Misinformation in tax and law in canna...
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In this episode, we get a deep dive on cannabis licensing and compliance with Cannabis Law & Tax Specialist Paula Collins.

Paula Collins, CEO and Founder of The Morton Street Group, is obsessed with getting it right for the cannabis industry. Paula is an Enrolled Agent, MBA, Lawyer, and Education Specialist, with over 10 years' experience in tax preparation from non-profits to high net worth individuals. She is admitt...

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February 27, 2023 3 mins

Because of you, Cannabis Business Minds is in the top 5 podcasts in the industry! Thanks so much for your support! 

In today's episode, Simone gives an overview of what you can expect from the show from expert interviews to the simplest way to get your questions answered by an industry expert.

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December 29, 2022 9 mins

Are you ready to end the year right? In this episode, Simone shares key financial tips for your cannabis business as we wrap up 2022 and how to lock in your 2023 business budget.

Haven't yet built a budget for your cannabis business? Make sure you get the 2023 budget template here:

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Are you consuming cannabis or is it consuming you?

On this episode, we talk to Tarris Batiste on his journey from being a football jock to helping young adults, upcoming professionals, athletes, and cannabis curious individuals to use cannabis responsibly. Some major highlights:

  • His story and how he turned his mess to a message through his book ‘Don’t Let It Smoke You’
  • Discovering and understanding the power of responsible s...
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On this episode, we get an insider insight on the New York cannabis scene and dive into corporate transactions with Charles Alovisetti, Partner and Corporate Department Chair at Vicente Sederberg LLP. Some major highlights:

  • The current state and foreseen challenges on the New York cannabis industry
  • Cannabis license and licensing caps
  • CLIMB Act and cannabis law insights
  • Business financing and loans from a lender’s perspecti...
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