BY CRAIG MICHAELS
The Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network (CVCAN) which was originally called the Desert Hot Springs Cannabis Alliance Network (DHSCAN) has grown like a weed (pun intended.) Desert Hot Springs was the first city in the desert to embrace the cannabis industry. Cannabis related businesses quickly spouted and so did the need for representation. The DHSCAN was Founded in 2015 by Jason Elsasser, Brent Buhrman and Adrian Seldin. Last year in an effort to accommodate the growing industry and the cities who are now cannabis friendly, they decided to change the name to Coachella Valley Cannabis Alliance Network.
Members of the CVCAN have opportunities to gain exposure throughout the year at various events produced by the group. They have annual conventions at the Miracle Springs Resort where members can buy booth space to exhibit their products and services. There are also monthly dinners for both members and non-members. In the past, the monthly dinners which happen on the first Monday of each month, have been held at Miracle Springs Resort in DHS. These monthly receptions give members an opportunity to network with other cannabis industry professionals and local city officials who support their industry. These networking dinners are free for members but non-members are welcome too. If you’re interested in attending a Monday night dinner the price is $29.99. You can attend once as a non-member to see if the group is the right fit for your business.
Since the CVCAN has grown (no pun intended) the network has decided to move the monthly dinners around to different venues throughout the Coachella Valley in order to better serve all regions of the valley. The next mixer which is Monday June 4th is scheduled for Bonta Restaurant at 68510 E Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City. Registration/networking begins at 5:30pm with the buffet opening at 6:00pm. The monthly dinners are about more than just having a nice meal with industry peers. There are also sponsorship opportunities at the meetings and guest speakers who give industry insight about the cannabis businesses. The May dinner saw 82 attendees, including DHS Mayor Scott Matas, Dave Brown running for Riverside county sheriff, and Andrew Kotyuk running for the 42nd district of the California state assembly, all of whom spoke on the cannabis industry and in support of CVCAN. The June dinner will feature speaker Pat Milos, the Cathedral City Community Development director who will be joined by other city officials. Freevolt Energy and @work Personal Services will also be giving presentations on their companies with a Q & A to follow.
If you would like more information about CVCAN membership or the monthly mixers you can go to their web site https://coachellavalleycan.org or call them at (760) 218-5447.
Written by: Craig Michaels Productions