Cannabis

Cannabis, articulatedBusiness growth, amplified.

High-performance culture, high-impact results, boutique service. Akrete is an award-winning public relations, content development and marketing firm with a national cannabis industry practice. Founded in 2011, we’ve worked with cannabis firms and their ancillary services providers throughout the cannabis supply chain since 2018. 

Team Akrete, a group of 20+ professionals nationwide, offers a sophisticated skillset uniquely relevant to companies with thought leadership and ideas to promote that will make an impact throughout the cannabis industry. Our content creators can articulate your thinking in a unique and compelling voice, working closely with our media pros, who then amplify your messages to audiences you value.

Our team serving the cannabis industry is collaborative, partnering with other creative firms (think marketing, investor relations, even other PR firms) to make our clients shine. We love being part of this vibrant industry and count among our memberships and affiliations the Chicago Cannabis Council, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and other industry groups. 

Our AkreteCanna newsletter, now in its fourth year of publication, is an essential resource to many in the industry, summarizing industry news and events at the end of each week (sign up here).

With the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity essential to succeeding in cannabis, we plan and execute successful content-rich public relations, corporate communications, content development and marketing campaigns for both plant-touching and ancillary services businesses. 


We offer specialized services for:

  • Ancillary services providers
  • Cannabis consultants
  • Cannabis real estate, design & construction
  • Marketing/PR agency partnerships
  • Start-ups & investors
  • Social equity initiatives
  • Vertically integrated cannabis companies

A FEW OF OUR CANNABIS INDUSTRY CLIENTS

With a focus on ancillary service providers as well as vertically integrated cannabis companies, we’ve worked with a spectrum of firms and practice groups.


“We have really enjoyed working with the Akrete team to help launch our new Midwest regional office offering accounting and advisory services in Chicago. Their team was extremely proactive in sharing new ideas and generating thought leadership coverage and opportunities that positively impacted our bottom line and our business expansion targets.”

~ Tim Wells, Director of Marketing Operations, MGO LLP.  

MGO is an accounting and professional services firm that works with some of the cannabis industry’s top MSOs, independents and start-up firms.  Akrete now works with MGO on a national PR program for its cannabis industry practice as well as other verticals. 


OUR SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Cannabis PR Services: Amplify Your Voice
Our top-ranking public relations team delivers strategic counsel our clients can trust. Using media relations, creative announcement writing, strategic communications planning and integrated communications execution, we connect companies with the audiences that matter most to their business. We’ll take your news and connect it to audiences that drive revenue, working with cannabis trade media, national business media and local outlets that engage your business partners and customers.

Cannabis Content Creation Services: Articulate Big Ideas
Our accomplished writers know the cannabis business inside and out; we speak the language of the cannabis industry. We create a wide range of content in a tone that reflects your brand including thought leadership, corporate communications, newsletters, marketing collateral and social campaigns.

Cannabis Marketing Services: Actualize Your Brand
Together with a rock-star group of close partners, we can create brand messaging that differentiates you from the competition, and then make it come alive in social, websites, video, brochures and all aspects of marketing your business.


CANNABIS INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT AND ADVOCACY

Akrete is committed to expanding economic opportunity for traditionally marginalized groups including women, minorities and veterans. We’re proud to contribute to expanding economic opportunity both through our work with WBE and MBE firms and through industry involvement. 

As a WBE ourselves founded in 2011 by Akrete Founder & CEO Margy Sweeney, this commitment is personal. Margy is a regular speaker on gender bias and economic development; she contributes her time to multiple boards and nonprofits focused on expanding economic opportunity including a role as Vice Chairman of the Board of an SBA lender. 

Under her leadership, Akrete has supported organizations such as GROmentum Lab (cannabis social impact business accelerator), the Goldie Initiative (creating a pipeline for female CEOs), Illinois Women in Cannabis (members and event sponsors), and the Area Development Magazine economic development Consultants Forum event and video series. Margy recently participated in a Cannabis Economic Development Panel with the Prysm Institute and has been a regular collaborator with Bisnow’s cannabis event series.  

Akrete has also been featured as a PR Firm Readers Are Talking About in GrownIn, a rapidly expanding cannabis industry publication now covering multiple U.S. regions including the Midwest and the Northeast. 


CONTACT US

To learn more about how Team Akrete can accelerate your cannabis industry growth, contact us today.

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