Co-hosted with

Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 28, 2020: Grand River, Gillett Bridge, Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott and DeVos Performance Hall.

Grown In is convening, in conjunction with local cannabis trade groups, a series of business meetings between cultivators and wholesale buyers, processors, and dispensaries. These one-day long meetings are solely for plant-touching business operators and purchasing managers, as well as sponsors invited by Grown In.

Modeled on a pair of successful events conducted in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois in September 2022 the Cannabis Business Conference Series emphasizes working with local organizations to increase engagement, seeks partnerships with diverse businesses in each state, and creates an environment for companies to hold private business meetings to begin longer term working relationships.

Ann Arbor, Wednesday, December 14
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk Dr.

Grand Rapids, Thursday, December 15
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Grand Rapids
710 Monroe, NW

These events are limited to cannabis operators and their designated purchasing managers.

Conference Fees

License TypeFee
Cultivators$1,500 for one event, $2,500 for both events. 
May also purchase day-long access to a conference room for $500, where Grown In will pre-schedule meetings.
Sponsors$6,000 for both events.
Processors & DispensariesFree – but must register in advance.


The center of each event will be the exhibition space. Each cultivator and sponsor will receive a presentation table which can be customized to their needs. Attendees will be told in advance which companies will be at the exhibition and can learn more about each in virtual company showcases built by Grown In.

Private Meeting Space/Pre-scheduled Meetings

For cultivators who request meetings rooms, the event hosts will pre-schedule meetings between cultivators and dispensaries/processors. Because we anticipate high demand for these meetings by dispensaries, meetings will be limited to 15 minutes, with a 5 minute “switching time”. We urge attendees to use this time to start a relationship and begin discussions. Meeting times, along with background on each dispensary, will be provided by email one week prior to the start of the conference.

Training Sessions

The conferences will include three 40-minute panel-driven seminars in both Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor to provide insight into operating cannabis businesses. In collaboration with our co-hosts, we plan between 3-6 hours of programming for each day. Speakers will focus on how-to and explainers. “Pay-to-play” sponsorships are not available.

Food and Drink

The event will include basic food and beverages, limited to snacks and coffee, tea, water. Please make sure to bring or plan to refill a water bottle. If you know, in advance, that you will want to eat a significant meal during the day, we will provide a list of local food options.

Questions? Email Marcy Alspach at