Speaking Services

Florence Hardy, Esq, MBA

Florence Hardy


Speaker on the topics of business development, corporate wellness, crowdfunding, and cannabis.

B.B.A Howard University

M.B.A. DePaul University

J.D. The John Marshall Law School

Upcoming Classes

May 1, 2021 10 am - 4 pm

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Fee: $950 / Deposit $150

Starting a Cannabis Business in Illinois


A graduate of the John Marshall Law School, she has been a successful business consultant for over 15 years.  She began working toward a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship.  During this time, she worked within the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center as a Business Consultant.  In this position, she created business plans, completed marketing studies, and provided financial analysis assistance to current and prospective business owners in the Chicagoland area.  Her clients ranged from large retail distribution companies to small bed and breakfast clients. 

She worked for the City of Chicago, DePaul University, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Trucrowd Illinois, Inc, the first registered equity Crowdfunding platform in Illinois. A serial entrepreneur, she also operates her own law firm focusing on corporate, intellectual property, fundraising and cannabis law and owns/operates businesses in retail, racing, financing, and self-care.  Florence is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of “Practice Beats Planning”, a workbook that helps prospective entrepreneurs move from idea to action.  Florence is also a Certified Mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago.

Florence has lived and studied in Chicago, Illinois, Washington, DC and Berlin, Germany.


Conversation Magazine

National Association of Social Workers

North Lawndale Employment Network

Next Door Cafe Workshop

Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Bellwood Chamber of Commerce

Monroe Foundation

Independent Writers of Chicago

Central Exchange

Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

Sage Summit

Small Business Administration – Illinois District Office

Founder Institute


City of Chicago

Redeye Chicago

Chicago Innovation Exchange

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce

Beverly Area Planning Association

Chicago Urban League

University of Illinois at Chicago

Columbia College

Argosy University

University of Phoenix


Fund Conference

Far South Community Development Corporation

Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association

Small Business Majority

Bethel New Life

The Mid-America Club of Chicago

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition

Illinois CannaExpo

Norml Chicago Annual Conference


Women's Business Development Center

Addison Public Library

Arlington Heights Library

Event Testimonials

Florence Hardy does an excellent job of demystifying the cannabis industry in Illinois. She delivered a program to our library customers in a friendly and professional manner that was very informative. Attendees finished the program knowing the actual steps they would need to take and the pitfalls to avoid if they moved forward with starting a cannabis or cannabis-related business.

- Diane, Arlington Heights

We had the pleasure of hosting Florence to present her "10 Things to Know About Starting a Cannabis Business in IL Program." She was easy to work with, an engaging speaker, and had a ton of great information to share. We know our community will gain a lot from watching her presentation!

- Lesley, Addison