Derek appointed to Small Business Association of Michigan Board of Directors

Derek appointed to Small Business Association of Michigan Board of Directors

Derek Dickow is honored to be named as Director of the Small Business Association of Michigan Board of Directors for 2022-2023. He will serve with 22 other small business leaders from across the state to promote the growth of small businesses throughout Michigan. “We are lucky to have such tremendous small business leaders like Derek Dickow guiding our work to ensure that Michigan is a great place to own and operate a small business,” said SBAM President and CEO Brian Calley. “SBAM has been proudly delivering solutions to Michigan small business owners for more than 50 years, and I’m confident that success will continue under this leadership.” Read more >>

Derek raises additional donations for The Children’s Foundation

Derek raises additional donations for The Children’s Foundation

Derek Dickow is passionate about using his platform to help vulnerable community members. In his last two Power Connections events, he’s helped raise over $135,000 for The Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes the health of Michigan children. The Foundation featured Derek’s donations and dedication to the children of Michigan in its Donor Stories blog.  Read more >>

Power Connections in Cannabis

Derek Dickow Presents:


Building powerful connections in the Cannabis Industry

presented by

Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 11.18.21 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan

Another great event from Derek Dickow

Held on 11.18.21 at The Townsend Hotel | Birmingham, Michigan


Derek Dickow is famous for his networking events, and this one proved to be another successful opportunity to connect key members of the cannabis industry. Derek assembled an array of experienced professionals to provide key insights into the cannabis business, including keynotes that covered technology trends, best practices, and an industry outlook. The event included the largest 1:1 speed networking event in the region, and an evening reception that allowed for ample networking opportunities.

Thanks to presenting sponsor LeafLink and dozens of other supportive sponsors, Power Connections was a smashing success, with over 400 people connecting to network, listen to a knowledgeable panel of experts, and discuss the future of the state’s cannabis industry.


Derek Dickow

Event Host, Power Connector
“How to Build Power Connections”

Andrew Brisbo

Executive Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA)

Doug Gordon

EVP & Head of Payments, LeafLink, Inc.

Jeff Sloan

Founder & CEO, StartupNation.

Shelly Edgerton

Management, Michigan Operations, LivWell Enlightened Health

RJ King

Editor, DBusiness Magazine

Speaker Jason Wentworth

Representative, State of Michigan

Ankur Rungta

Co-Founder & CEO, C3 Industries

Terry Judge

Founder & CEO, CORE Solutions Group, LLC

Matt Hutchinson

Vice President & Head of Logistics, LeafLink, Inc.

Charlie Langton

Reporter & Anchor, FOX 2 Detroit

Nowfal Akash

Chief Information Officer, Trucenta

Rudy Patros

Owner & President, Securatech

Jon Baugher

Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, POSaBIT

Jim Mattson

VP of Business Development & Risk Management, Canopy Insurance


Thanks to the incredible generosity of the attendees, the event raised $55,700 for The Children’s Foundation, which advocates for the health of children in Michigan through research, education, programs, and other initiatives.

“We are grateful to Derek Dickow, his team and the generous attendees for this impactful donation,” said Lawrence J. Burns, Foundation President and CEO. “It will help advance the health and safety of children in our state and beyond.”

Read more here.


“Outstanding networking opportunities and first-class presentation.”
– Brian Henry, eTitle Agency

“The event was very beneficial and had the right kind of leads I was looking for. My favorite part was the speed networking event, which I would definitely recommend more shows to incorporate.”
– Keymia Jordan, Alternative Finance Network

“As always, there were high quality speakers and attendees at the event who were there with the intention of connecting, growing, and sharing best practices.”
– Rama Gupta, Kapnick

“Unique atmosphere, where everyone I met was receptive and eager to network.”
– Isaac Liebes, Green Utility Auditors

“Derek‘s events are second to none. He always brings the best minds together. I look forward to the next one.”
– Jeff Selik, NA

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