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Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition Launches Bootcamp for Entrepreneurial Hopefuls in the Nation’s Birthplace

Training to Prepare Those Most Impacted by Cannabis Prohibition Pursue Opportunities in the Newest Industry Coming to Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BIPOCVirginia Minority Cannabis Coalition (VMCC), a Virginia-based nonprofit organization that empowers Black and Brown communities to become shareholders in the cannabis industry, has opened applications for its virtual ‘Fall 2021 Cannabis Entrepreneur Boot Camp.’ The four-week boot camp will start on Saturday, November 6, 2021, and provides entrepreneurs an accelerated leg-up in what will be one of the newest and most exciting industries in Virginia.

“The cannabis industry has made a lot of promises of righting the wrongs of past for communities of color, and with this boot camp, we are helping ensure those promises come to fruition,” said VMCC Founder Paul McLean. “VMCC is made up of small business owners in Virginia who want to see people, families, and communities of color create generational wealth with cannabis. We think we can help entrepreneurs turn their ideas and dreams into real cannabis businesses that can create positive change in their communities.”

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The boot camp provides:

  • a step-by-step playbook to create a successful business plan,
  • connections to help run your business,
  • support to finance your new business, and most importantly
  • a community support network of like-minded people.

The boot camp is meant for someone who:

  • has been impacted by a cannabis arrest or conviction,
  • is directly related to someone who has had cannabis-related justice involvement,
  • has spent 3 of the last 5 years in an area with high unemployment levels, low-income levels, and/or high poverty,
  • has graduated from a historically black college or university (HBCU) located in the Commonwealth,
  • has been in the legacy market and wants a legal business, or
  • wants to start their own business.

Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis at Fall 2021 Cannabis Entrepreneur Boot Camp.

About Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition (VMCC)

The Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition (VMCC), headquartered in Newport News, is a pioneering 501(c)4 nonprofit organization founded in 2021 that empowers Black and Brown communities to become shareholders in the cannabis industry. The company promotes economic empowerment through equitable ownership, employment, and purposeful reallocation of tax revenue in all sectors of Virginia’s regulated cannabis industry. The Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition offers cannabis industry educational boot camps for entrepreneurs most impacted by the war on drugs. For more information, visit


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Inclusion 2021 – Chats with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace

Ahead of his speaking participation at the online DEI festival, INCLUSION 2021, we caught up with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, and Founder & CEO of Brave Trainings on his thoughts on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the workplace.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Cornell speaking on an exclusive panel discussion at INCLUSION 2021, the leading virtual global business festival dedicated to equity, diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

Discussing Working towards a racially just workforce: One year on from global Black liberation uprisings 2020, Cornell will be joined by Leslie Gray, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla and Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia International. Together they will tackle:

  • How have the commitments made by companies to address racial inequalities across the world since June 2020 translated into action? Has adequate progress been made in the short term? 
  • What should companies be aiming for in regards to quotas, and what are the pitfalls when quotas are the only driver for race diversity
  • How can companies create a safe work environment for Black and people of colour – what actions can be implemented?
  • There is also an emotional tax associated with being Black in the workplace – what are companies doing to ensure the wellbeing of their BIPOC employees?
  • Who is getting it right and from where can we draw inspiration?

Want to be part of this year’s conversation? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now and claim your free pass to attend the fastest-growing virtual event in the industry – INCLUSION 2021.

Experience a packed agenda featuring the biggest names in DE&I, interactive workshops and roundtables, plenty of social activities, and regular networking opportunities.

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Learn from in-depth D&I keynotes, case studies and panel discussions
  • Join interactive workshops and roundtables
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  • Discover how to support minorities, heal divides and increase staff unity

Hear from our incredible high profile line-up of 75+ expert speakers leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion change in the workplace, including:

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Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG at Microsoft
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