Join This One Day Seminar and Kickstart Your Dispensary Journey!

Join Cova Software and some of our most trusted cannabis industry partners from Sapphire Risk, KayaPush, Solink, and GreenSpacePro for a free one-day cannabis industry seminar designed to help you navigate the process of opening a recreational dispensary in Minnesota. 

Cova is an industry leader in building retail software solutions for dispensaries. Powering over 2000 dispensaries and cannabis stores in North America, we have played a pivotal role in the successful growth of cannabis retail businesses from coast to coast.

We are joined by experts in dispensary licensing, security, employee management, and Minnesota cannabis laws, with special guest Will M. Blauvelt, Director of Government Relations at Stinson LLP.

With topics ranging from startup guidance to operational excellence, these seminars present the opportunity for individuals or groups considering opening a dispensary in Minnesota. Join us to get the latest updates on adult-use regulations and gain valuable insights on strategies employed by industry experts as you begin your journey toward opening and running a successful cannabis retail business in Minnesota.


IMPORTANT - Each guest in your group must register their unique email to attend as seats are limited!

Complimentary lunch and coffee will be provided. Ample free street parking available. Please note this is a non-smoking space.

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Seminar Agenda:

  • 9:00-9:15am Check-in, Coffee, and Mingle
  • 9:15-9:30am The State of Adult-Use Cannabis in MN by Will M. Blauvelt
  • 9:30-10:45am Business and Operations Plan Overview by Cova
    • Key cost of opening a cannabis retail store
    • Top compliance issues and how to avoid them
    • Tips for designing a winning customer experience
  • 10:45-11:30am Scaling Your Dispensary Operations by KayaPush
    • Strategies to scale your business
    • Strategies to reduce turnover
    • Strategies to increase engagement
  • 11:30-12:15pm Security Plan Overview by Sapphire Risk Advisory Group
    • The ins and outs of the security portion of licensing applications
    • Conceptually building out your dispensary location
    • Best practices for safeguarding your people, products, and profits
  • 12:15-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-1:45pm Surveillance & Security Systems by Solink
    • Different models/systems for surveillance
    • How owners/ operators commonly use their surveillance system
    • Different security and intrusion system options for your dispensary
  • 1:45-2:15pm Dispensary Design & Build by Temeka
    • Site selection overview
    • Design the brings your vision to life
    • Build out estimates according to your budget
  • 2:15-2:30pm Simplify Your Location Data & Software Tools by GreenSpace
    • Pre-operational planning and buildout
    • Secure data storage and management
  • 2:30-3:00pm Inventory Management & POS for Cannabis Retail by Cova
    • Why you need POS and inventory management
  • 3:00-3:30pm Optional Demo of Cova POS
    • Apply everything discussed to the Cova Software suite

“I really enjoyed every aspect of this. I'm trying to create a dispensary brand that will be memorable and successful and I feel like this was the first step.”

- March 2022 Seminar Attendee

“The seminar was extremely informative and I thoroughly enjoyed it.” -March 2022 Seminar Attendee

Gary Cohen - Cova Software CEO

Speaker Information


Gary Cohen

CEO at Cova Software

Gary Cohen is the CEO of Cova, the most trusted cannabis POS brand in North America. Having met with nearly 2000 dispensary operators from coast to coast, he leverages expert knowledge to offer cannabis retailers the support they need to get a license, pass inspection, launch a store, assess tech tools, and scale operations. Gary leads seminars on retail technology, compliance, business operations, and cannabis banking laws at the industry’s largest events including NCIA, CannaCon, and MJBizCon.




Chris Reid

Head of Sales at Cova Software

Chris is Head of Sales for Cova Software, an award-winning cannabis POS & inventory management platform that simplifies compliance and streamlines complex dispensary operations. Chris and Cova are aligned in a mission of empowering cannabis retailers to achieve their vision of success.

An entrepreneur at heart, Chris is inspired to help others succeed and push the industry forward—sharing his valuable expertise in retail POS and eCommerce.

Will M. Blauvelt


Will M. Blauvelt

Director of Government Relations at Stinson LLP

Will Blauvelt is a Director of Government Relations at Stinson LLP. Prior to joining Stinson, Will was a member of the Leadership Staff at the Minnesota House of Representatives, working for then-Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. In this capacity, Will worked extensively on the issue of legalizing adult-use cannabis, including both HF600 (the adult-use cannabis bill to pass the MN House in 2021 and would be the basis for HF100) and hemp-derived edibles legislation that became law in 2022. In 2023, Will was a member of the lobbying team that successfully passed HF100, which legalized adult-use cannabis in Minnesota. 




Mike Wilson

CEO at GreenSpacePro & Temeka Group

Mike founded AnamiTech to develop software solutions, such as GreenSpace, for multi-unit retail operators and highly regulated business operators requiring data management. Mike is also founder + CEO of Temeka Group, a national retail design firm.

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Jeff Bartley

Sr. Consultant at Sapphire Risk Advisory Group


Jeff is responsible for overseeing Sapphire Risk's 'Phase 3' projects, which encompass a wide range of initiatives such as developing Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs), providing security employee training, conducting on-site comprehensive risk assessments, implementing Culture of Honesty programs, and promoting robbery awareness. With more than three decades of experience in high-risk retail and logistics security, Jeff has played a pivotal role in training over 10,000 employees and sharing his expertise at numerous safety and security events throughout his career.


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Yonel Prasad

Director of Strategic Partnerships at KayaPush


Yonel spearheads KayaPush’s partnership division, collaborating on strategies with best-in-class companies within the industry to help cannabis entrepreneurs scale their businesses. Yonel has been boots on the ground in multiple markets working with the industry’s leading businesses to empower dispensaries to become high performing and profitable businesses.







Aaron Baird

Account Executive at Solink


Aaron brings extensive Sales and Business Development expertise to his position at Solink, coupled with a fervent dedication to the Cannabis industry. Employing a consultative strategy, he aids Cannabis business proprietors in attaining security/surveillance compliance and minimizing shrinkage. Aaron is eager to contribute his knowledge and skills to professionals in the industry.


Register to Attend the Seminar

Please have each guest register with their own email to secure a seat.