We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Gullickson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children?
For me, having kids later in life is probably one of the most important things I’ve done for them. It allowed me the space and time to get my career situated so I could better support them and also have the ability to be there as a parent because I had built a team that could manage the company. I think waiting also helped me to be less reactive as a parent, the more life experience I was able to have prior to my kids, has given me a better, more well-rounded perspective.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Cannabis Business Advisors is a national consulting firm that provides strategic business guidance for cannabis license applicants and current license holders throughout all stages of growth. We offer a comprehensive suite of services, including application and licensing preparation, operational analysis, merger and acquisition support, policy and procedures, exit strategy guidance, and business development planning. We also recently launched “How to Open a Dispensary,” a digital platform with educational course content to help entrepreneurs learn how to take the first step in entering the cannabis industry, applying for a license, as well as launching a cannabis operation.
Our team at The Cannabis Business Advisors and “How to Open a Dispensary,” is well- versed in cannabis market trends and state rules and regulations. Our industry background and hands-on experience sets us apart from competitors since we have actively been involved with the market’s evolution.
One of the things I am most proud of is how my cannabis career has transformed throughout the years to fit my lifestyle. My industry successes have allowed me to take time away, have my two children, and eventually return to my professional career with a fresh perspective and new businesses to grow.
As any entrepreneur will tell you, there are highs and lows when building and starting a business. Especially in a new industry that was still taboo when I started my first company at 27. What I’ve learned over the past ten years is that there is no shortcut to success, you’ve got to put in the time. I’ve worked really hard throughout my career and it’s paid off.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting for the weekend, we would definitely check in at Mountain Shadows and book some treatments at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa. In the morning, before it gets too hot, we’d either take a hike on Camelback Mountain or a yoga class atRadi8. For an evening activity, cocktails and dinner at Steak 44.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It takes a village, there are so many people who I am thankful for who have helped me get to where I am today. Whether it’s the other moms who I’ve reached out to for advice, the teachers at school, professional colleagues and mentors, my office team and company partners, they all deserve recognition.