The Broccoli Report
Friday, February 11, 2022
Time to read: 7 minutes, 39 seconds. Contains 1532 words
Between state-specific regulations and enduring social stigmas, working in weed can be a little lonely sometimes. While some places offer more opportunities to connect with colleagues than others, the past two socially isolated years have impacted everyone, everywhere. Founders and freelancers alike are feeling more distant than ever from fellow weed entrepreneurs.
We’ve been looking for ways for Broccoli Report subscribers to connect with each other, so when a particular CBD chocolate company founder told me how bad he wanted to find a THC chocolate company to bring a dream product to life—we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by crafting a call for entrepreneurial personal ads. And BR readers delivered!
If you typically only see Monday newsletters, don’t worry—I did not hack your computer. Even though Fridays are only for paid subscribers, we opened up today’s dispatch so any and all interested eyes can access this Lonely Hearts board. If you enjoy this newsletter, consider signing up for reals as a paid subscriber. We rely on those subscriptions to keep the Report in motion.
Read on to (maybe) find your business soulmate.
HOT CHOCOLATE: I’ve nailed the recipe for a fancy Snickers bar that I want to make with THC but need help to make it happen. Are you a chocolate edible producer ready to partner on what will be the best-tasting infused candy bar in the market? Get in touch: email@example.com
BE MY MENTEE: Brit Smith—writer and podcast host with “Different Leaf,” formerly of WBZ News Radio and iHeartMedia’s “Blunt Talk” podcast—would love to mentor someone who’s looking at getting into cannabis media or journalism. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
READY FOR A CLOSE UP: A pair of longtime photographers and video content creators crave more creative work in the cannabis industry. After 3+ years with a few cannabis clients, we’re pining for documentary work and conceptual, collaborative advertising campaigns. Get in touch: email@example.com.
CLAY 4 CLAY: I am a ceramics artist seeking help solidifying her brand and turning likes into sales. You are a mentor that can help me off the precipice of leaping into the void or turning and running back to an office job. Let’s do this. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARKETING MAGIC: Content marketing squad seeks curious cannabis companies looking to get seen and heard. Whether you need to nurture your newsfeeds, build brand awareness, write web copy, or an all-out campaign to help your budding brand germinate, we’ll tackle it with content-led creativity. Get in touch: email@example.com.
WISTFUL WORDSMITH: Cannabis blogger with dirt-cheap rates seeking brands and dispensaries looking to improve SEO results and increase website traffic. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DREAM DATE: Cannabis infusion specialist and curator focused on experiential dining and ethical plant medicine, products, and food dreams of collaborating with other ethically-focused brands to make once-in-a-lifetime cannabinoid-friendly getaways and events happen. There are so many opportunities to educate about cultivation, best practices, and consumer education through unforgettable experiences. Is this you? Get in touch: email@example.com
CANDY CRUSH: I am a homegrown edible confectioner and a former nurse that wants to continue to spread awareness of the benefits of THC. I would love a mentor; I could use a partner; branding/marketing help would be welcome, too. Mostly, I could use guidance. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREELANCE FLING: I'm looking to match with cannabis brands that could use copywriting, design, illustrations, edu content, or social media management for new projects. I’ve worked with a handful of cannabis brands before, and I’m always looking for new, like-minded connections. Get in touch: email@example.com.
MUST LOVE SHOPPING: A well-branded, weed-friendly brick-and-mortar retailer building cannabis culture in a non-legal southern state is dreaming of a collaboration with Rose Delights, but seeking one-on-one time with interesting potential investors who can elevate their business to the next level. Must love shopping and retail, gardening and partying, and share similar values. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET’S GET STRATEGIC: Baked Brands Studio, a strategy studio for aspiring cannabis changemakers that prides itself on getting creatively scrappy when resources are tight, is looking for fellow passionate people interested in working for a sustainable, safe, and equitable future for cannabis, and offering a free strategy session to any potential Broccoli Report readers with aligned values. Get in touch: email@example.com.
GIFT GUIDE GURU: Mikala Rempe, a PR consultant with a passion for consumer-packaged goods and placing stories in gift guides and round-ups, seeks a new cannabis client who could use help on the PR/marketing/communications/social media/influencer front. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
LET’S GET TOGETHER: E-commerce recommendation engine Terpli is looking for retail dispensaries interested in signing up for a free pilot program launching their first product and any potential angel or seed investors who want to get involved. Get in touch: email@example.com.
LONG DISTANCE LOVE: Paris-based wellness boutique seeks a mentor (preferably a woman) who knows how to scale large companies and create iconic brands. I’m a Californian who launched in Europe and looking to learn from experienced professionals in the U.S./Canadian market. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR THE REAL DEAL: Experienced producer with strong convictions in the healing power of cannabis seeks opportunity to help build a brand from the ground up. I have spent most of my career working as a producer in advertising, making things and people look good. Interested in getting a foot in the door so I can finally work on a product that I can passionately and unequivocally champion. Get in touch: email@example.com.
FLORAL FANTASY: Looking for a cultivation connoisseur who knows a shit tonne about growing in a craft in an organic way. My background is design, and my family have been organic apple growers for two centuries now. I'm based in Ireland, but I want to learn the possibilities of cultivating in an outdoor glasshouse. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVE ME A SHOT: Photographer aiming to find a niche in cannabis marketing and welcome to more work in weed. I’m great at photographing textures and smoke (imho!). Get in touch: email@example.com.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY: Cannabis social media manager with experience in personal assistance, sales/operations, and copywriting wants to connect with an inclusive cannabis brand that not only needs a social media representative, but can also utilize my other related skills. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET’S MAKE ART: Former head of design for Flower by Edie Parker is looking for anyone in need of graphic design or product design/development, or just cool brainstorming buddies. Get in touch: Kristenkyleginn@gmail.com.
GOOD MEDICINE: Pharmacist who started a CBD company seeks a mentor to help grow the company and become more familiar with the industry. I have experience in compounding, and the company focuses on formulating pharmacy-quality products. I have been struggling to find help on growing the company because I am focusing on wholesale business and work a full-time job. Finding sales leads is hard with my work schedule. I want to see how I can balance work and business and be able to grow this business successfully. Get in touch: email@example.com.
PEN PAL: Writer/editor/poet looking for more reasons to explore an industry I'm personally interested in. Mostly just looking to learn; grateful to meet new clients and colleagues along the way. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTIMATE ADVICE: Canadian somatic sex educator and bodyworker seeks mentorship in the area of creating safe enough spaces for people to feel comfortable exploring cannabis-enhanced therapeutic experiences. Get in touch: email@example.com.
MERCH MATES: Merchandiser at CA medical dispensary Cornerstone interested in connecting with manufacturers for glass smokeware (and possibly clothing as well). Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE: Looking for guidance in content strategy, brand identity, or hosting cannabis events? You might be a match for the Limone agency. We work with brands, organizations and investors in cannabis and other emerging therapies and recreations to get their brands, content, experiences and research to a leaner, more intelligent and functional place. Get in touch: email@example.com.
MORE THAN FRIENDS: I’ve been living in Spain for 10 years, the last few working in CBD. I would love to connect with like-minded cannabis collaborators looking to unite social justice, science, and botanical traditional practices. Must marvel at the union of history, science and plants. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’LL BE YOUR EVERYTHING: You’re a fun and exciting entrepreneur, brand, or artist. I’m the spreadsheet-savvy, timeline-taming, strategic thinker ready to streamline your workflows, optimize your comms, and produce your events. Let’s make something happen together. Get in touch: email@example.com.
A huge, Lauren-sized-bong-cloud of a thank you to the brands and creative freelancers that contributed to today’s newsletter, and here’s an encouraging nudge from me to any readers that see themselves in one or more of these postings. Reach out! You never know where a connection could lead.
Should partnerships arise from any of these ads, let me know! I would love to see what magic comes from this dispatch. Based on the enthusiasm from folks who weren’t quite ready to share what they needed but told me this idea inspired them to think about it, this won’t be our last opportunity for Report readers to connect with one another.
Reveling in our blossoming community,
Absolutely LOVE this format of lonely hearts looking for connections - well done and can't wait to see the outcomes!
Been following your work for awhile now and your last newsletter made me become a paid subscriber. Thank-you for taking the time to connect dots within this community! Take care! -Jen