My wife and I attended the CannaGrow Expo in Denver this last October! It was our first time ever going to a convention or expo of that nature before; we actually were invited as guests on behalf of @VividGro and @rshipley (thanks Randy!) We didn’t attend as a booth (just walked the show) and we attended both days.
I thought the show was incredibly informative from a grower standpoint to be able to see all these products and services all put together in one area and to go booth to booth and get the information direct; it was exactly what I was looking for to fill that curiosity and innovation appetite (and there were some truly cool and innovative things there!)
From a business standpoint we had gone with the intentions of networking/scouting for our product testing program (in fact if any of you were there we possibly spoke) and came out of there with a stack of business cards the size of a big mac. Strictly from an “ice breaker” standpoint it was the best version of speed dating you could ever hope for (that didn’t end with a weird “Dear Diary” entry.) Very effective networking!
I did have a few constructive things to say upon leaving but my experience is limited with shows of this type so to be fair I may be a bit biased on my feelings there.
To share a bit of an inspiring story, as we were leaving CannaGrow we walked out the doors and had been talking to a few people standing outside about autoflowers. This guy approaches me and says “you look like someone I should introduce myself to,” hands me his card and it’s Dave Martin, National Sales Director for the Indo Expo Trade Show! So he put the idea in our head and we may hit up Indo Expo as well, sounds like a few of you are already going to be there (Denver show?) That’s the power of a handshake and a business card!
A few of my administrators with AFN and I will be attending CannaCon in Seattle this February '18 as well, really excited to go and see how they are setup and hopefully will have a chance to meet many of you!