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August 13, 2020

#CheListenUp with Seke Ballard on voting, creativity, and change

#CheListenUp is a campaign encouraging people to listen to, learn from and spread awareness about the injustices that exist in our society. We are inspiring people to #GetUncomfortable by asking entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and...

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Brand, Technology, Press

July 10, 2020

Coronavirus is Not the End - It’s an Exciting Beginning

A few months ago, we shared some initial thoughts about how the coronavirus was impacting the cannabis industry. Despite the economic uncertainty at the time, we felt optimistic about the investment opportunity in cannabis. And despite today’s...

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Investor, Cannabis

March 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Is Creating Investment Opportunity In Cannabis

Cannabis industry financial performance really took a hit last year, causing many investors to take a step back and reconsider their position. And since COVID-19 appeared as a serious threat, the financial markets have become volatile and...

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Investor, Cannabis

February 27, 2020

Meet the Man Forbes Says is “Revolutionizing” Marijuana Investing

"By using an innovative approach to evaluating credit risk, this Harvard Business School grad and his company are revolutionizing the way we all can invest in marijuana."   Forbes contributor Brian Thompson recently profiled Good Tree Capital and...

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Brand, Press

February 20, 2020

The Truth About Cannabis Investing in 2020

A few months ago, we wrote an article titled “Is large cap cannabis stock investing a bubble that’s ready to burst?"  At that time, our point of view stood out in stark contrast to the ads and articles that bombarded our news feeds about “getting...

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Investor, Cannabis

January 29, 2020

CEO Seke Ballard Named Cannabis 50 Pioneer

We are so proud of our work providing fair access to capital to cannabis business companies across the nation, and specifically in Illinois where we have been at the forefront of change. We are creating a new model founded on equality,...

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Cannabis, Press

November 22, 2019

Our Illinois Cannabis License Loan FAQs

Are you a social equity applicant interested in applying for a loan to finance your cannabis business? You can apply online here. We have put together this FAQ to help you understand the loan application requirements.

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Cannabis, Borrower, FAQ, Application

November 5, 2019

Webinar - How to Start a Cannabis Dispensary in Illinois

Earlier this year, we presented this information to prospective adult-use dispensary applicants at our "Elev8 Our Community" event in Chicago, IL. In this informative webinar, our Founder and CEO Seke Ballard and Elev8 Cannabis' CEO Seun Adedeji...

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Cannabis, Borrower, FAQ

June 11, 2019

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Invest in Cannabis Stocks

The gradual state-by-state fall of cannabis prohibition is proving to be a huge growth driver for the legalized industry.Nationwide cannabis sales topped $10.4 billion in 2018 and are expected to grow to $16 billion by 2020. States that have...

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Investor, Cannabis