The struggle of MedMen president and co-founder Andrew Modlin to get in that one, final snip serves as an almost poetic metaphor for the challenges faced by any company that tries to get into the legal marijuana business. Just like his cannabis firm transitioned from an upstart company into a major player in a multibillion-dollar industry through the efforts of several people, however, Modlin eventually manages to cut through the chunky ribbon with a little bit of help. A year and a half since breaking ground just 10 miles east of Reno-Sparks, MedMen’s large, state-of-the-art cannabis factory was officially unveiled to the assembled crowd.
A group of local business women have joined forces to help other women succeed at business. Inspire Reno describes itself as a women’s entrepreneurial development center. “One thing we know about people who are peak performers is, the one thing they have in common is, they gather around other successful people,” says Dr. Erin Oksol, psychologist and business coach.
We recently hosted the largest and most exciting technology conference in the history of Reno-Sparks: the VentureBeat Blueprint conference, an event that looked at ways to expand high tech across the country. In attendance were more than 300 tech executives and government leaders from more than 40 states, many that had never been here before!
What is an incubator? “… It creates a community or ecosystem for people that are starting businesses or may own a small business that’s starting to grow,” said Miya MacKenzie, chief professional officer of Adams Hub, located in downtown Carson City. “It’s providing the services for startups and small businesses that they need.”
Walk around Reno and you can feel a charge in the air. The energy is palpable. Whether strolling by the funky boutiques of midtown or taking in a quick pint in the brewery district, you can’t help but see that buildings are rising from the ground all around the region.
If you’re lucky enough to be a Reno resident or student, you think of stunning Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Truckee River running through downtown, the Reno Air Races, the Reno Rodeo, the “Spaghetti Bowl” traffic jam (5 minutes), our mild climate, and a beautiful place to live. If you like skiing, running, mountain biking, hiking the Tahoe Rim trail, and enjoying the outdoors, Reno is a gateway to all of these activities. The joke around town is that we don’t want to tell any more people how nice Reno is. Alchemy looked at four key factors in choosing Reno for its headquarters: talent, business climate, quality of life, and transportation alternatives.
Walking into the Kimmie Candy Factory’s in east Reno is like, well, being a kid in a candy store. Bins of colorful confections line the walls. There are the Sunbursts—oblong, colorful, candy-coated, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. The ChocoRocks—fun-shaped chocolate chunks covered in a smooth colored candy shell. And, of course, PretzelBites—round, brown morsels in either dark chocolate or salted caramel.