How to Develop a NYS Cannabis Business Plan
June 8, 2023
Every successful business begins with a good business plan. The plan should include market research, financial projections, competitive analysis, management documentation, regulatory requirements, products, and anticipated service offerings.
The same holds for a Cannabis Business Plan. Here are pointers to help develop your New York State cannabis business plan:
What Are Your Financial Projections?
Conduct a critical analysis of your present financial standing and projections. A five-year financial estimation is advisable, capturing the operational cost, net present and future benefits or value, and projected annual income.
This projection should also capture the marginal and direct cost of business operations alongside its revenues. You can appraise your revenue by evaluating sales considering market potential, retail price, production costs, and necessary expenses like rent.
Describe Your Product or Service in Business Plan
A good proposal should explicitly describe what services or products the business will offer to the public and how it intends to deliver. Your product description is one of the selling points of business. It will help capture the attention of potential investors when adequately written.
Conduct a Competitive Analysis
Conduct proper research on your competitors' edge. Know their areas of strength and weakness. Also, research your competitor's style and extent of customer service. Explain how you intend scaling in their midst.
Vet Your Business Team
Your business team's strength is proportional to your business's success. Therefore, it is necessary to critically analyze your team's qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses. Past business experiences will also come in handy here.
Conduct a Market Analysis
Research the location you intend to site your business. Also, strategize how to penetrate your target audience and the extent of your business coverage zone.
License Requirements for Cannabis Business
Depending on the line of your cannabis venture, you will have to apply for specific licenses before commencing business.
While many license types are available, cultivators, processors, and distributors are not permitted to sell directly to consumers, nor is vertical integration allowed.
Only those with a retail dispensary license or on-site consumption license can sell directly to consumers. However, businesses that intend to get a micro-business license would be exempt.
This exemption will allow a seed-to-sale operation, but a microbusiness will be subjected to annual caps yet to be determined by the Office of Cannabis Management.
It is important to note that MRTA legislation intends to give 50% of licenses to value candidates. Distressed farmers, service-disabled veterans, women-owned organizations, minority societies, and individuals whose family members have been sentenced for offenses related to cannabis hold priority. The MRTA suggests opportunities for these priority applicants to apply for zero-interest funding, grants, and incubator programs.
The administrative framework permitting individuals to sell cannabis in New York State is still in its infancy. Now is the time to develop your business plan and learn the laws and regulations of the industry.
Bowers has formed a Cannabis and Hemp branch to help new and existing businesses understand this complicated, growing industry. Our professionals can help business owners navigate tax implications, industry regulations, and operating procedures.
Our team members will counsel and support existing cannabis businesses and start-ups in tax planning, licensing, operating procedures, general business consulting, and more. Since the sale of cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, a business cannot take certain deductions or credits when filing taxes. That means cannabis entrepreneurs must pay taxes on their gross margin and cannot deduct other standard business expenses such as sales payroll and rent to reduce their liability. Bowers can help business owners maximize after-tax cash through careful planning.
Bowers aims to offer helpful information to our clients and friends. Learn more about how we can help should your business need Cannabis and Hemp services.
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