Unlock the Secrets of Cannabis Dispensary Success from Cova

Pick from 2 Seminar Locations!

Join Cova and our partners at Sapphire Risk, KayaPush, Solink, and GreenSpacePro as we come to the North Star State for Two FREE one-day cannabis industry seminars designed to help you navigate the process of opening a cannabis dispensary in Minnesota. 

Cova is an industry leader in building 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. 

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 gain valuable insights on strategies employed by industry experts as you begin your journey toward "How to Open a Licensed Cannabis Retail Dispensary in Minnesota.

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

Minneapolis Seminar

  • Date: November 8th, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn MSP-Shoreview, 1050 Gramsie Road Shoreview, MN  55126

Duluth Seminar

  • Date: November 9th, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
  • Location: Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park, 310 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802

Complimentary lunch and coffee will be provided.

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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 (Minneapolis ONLY)
  • 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
  • 12:15-1:00pm 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
  • 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
  • 1:45-2:30pm Simplifying Licensing & Operations with the Proper Software by GreenSpacePro
    • How to start preparing for the application process
    • Setting yourself up for success during pre-license and pre-operational phase
    • Establishing a culture of consistency and compliance
  • 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


Speaker Information


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.

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Hunter Harwood

Minnesota Account Executive at Cova Software

Hunter assists cannabis and hemp retailers in Minnesota in devising and executing forward-looking, streamlined, and lawful retail technology setups. Hunter's dedication to the cannabis sector springs from extensive engagement in promoting social equity campaigns and criminal justice reform efforts.

Hunter takes on his role at Cova with an emphasis on delivering expertise, support, and resolutions to retailers, enabling them to accomplish their objectives.

Will M. Blauvelt


Will M. Blauvelt

Head 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. 

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Lauren Harris

Director of Sales & Business Development at AnamiTech

Lauren Harris is the Director of Sales and Business Development for AnamiTech, creator of GreenSpacePro, a location-based platform for cannabis operators. She has worked in the cannabis industry since 2010, after moving to Colorado to complete her master's degree at the University of Denver. Lauren uses her expertise in operations and business development to ensure the success of retailers in the highly regulated world of cannabis.

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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.


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Cal McDonald

Territory Manager at Solink

Cal McDonald, Solink's Territory Manager for the Cannabis Industry, leverages his diverse skill set, from construction to tech and retail, to address the unique security needs of the cannabis sector. Committed to helping cannabis owners and operators secure and protect their businesses effectively, Cal provides the expertise needed in video surveillance, security and loss prevention services.

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