Sensi Connects is an online community where business owners can connect and build long-lasting relationships with other entrepreneurs and service providers in the cannabis industry nationwide. Our goal is to build a resourceful community that inspires and connects entrepreneurs to the educational tools and insights needed to build a successful business in the cannabis space.
Meet, Connect, Collaborate is our motto.
Building better businesses relationships in cannabis is our mission.
"I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."
The Membership Team
How it all started
After relocating to West Michigan from Colorado in November of 2014, marketing professional, Jamie Cooper, began the first cannabis industry marketing and business consulting company in Michigan. She then went on to launch the West Michigan Chapter of Women Grow, a respected national organization, whose sole purpose is to educate, connect, and empower women entrepreneurs in the cannabis space.
Jamie quickly became a reliable connecting point for Michigan business owners looking to start-up a licensed cannabis business, which led to her idea to build CannaBIZ Connection, to help business professionals connect with the service providers essential to building that business. CannaBIZ Connection launched in January 2018 and continues to grow each day.
After living in cannabis-friendly-Colorado, Jamie realized the industry in Michigan was missing a very important component to move forward – proper education for patients, ensuring effective use of the plant as a remedy to properly treat ailments. The mother of an autistic child, Jamie worked diligently with a group of parents and advocates to get autism on the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in the state. Jamie served two years as an Ellementa Organizer, hosting monthly cannabis education workshops, providing women with information; while creating a supportive community with reliable resources, to better understand the benefits of cannabis. She also served as a Marketing Mentor for Kadin Academy, an eight-week online cannabis business learning program for women looking to be part of the cannabis industry.
Becoming a Though Leader
Before her journey into the cannabis industry, Jamie served as Audience Developer for Group Tour Magazine in Holland, Michigan; Marketing Director for Summit Mountain Rentals in Breckenridge, Colorado; and worked as a Television News Producer in multiple markets, including Denver, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas. Always willing to be an active community member, Jamie was appointed by the Grand Haven Mayor to sit on the Grand Haven Musical Fountain Committee in 2015, helping to develop technical operations of its Musical Fountain. This community service work includes program development, scheduling programs, system maintenance, and technological improvements.
In 2018 and 2020, the Grand Rapids Business Journal named Jamie one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan and she was a 40 Under 40 Business Leaders Honoree in 2019. She also was named to the publication’s inaugural class of the Grand Rapids 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West Michigan in 2019. Jamie is proud to be a part of the historic movement of witnessing the cannabis industry become an acceptable, viable, and lucrative business in the State of Michigan.