#M3 2017 – Investing in Innovation


By 2030 Millennials Out Number Boomers By 22 Million

#M3 2017 – Investing in Innovation
June 8-9, 2017, New Orleans

The Louisiana SBDC, partnered with America’s SBDC, is hosting a professional development conference that will explore, engage and elevate millennials in the SBDC network. Our mission is to target and engage millennials in order to enhance the SBDC workforce, as well as improve the consulting process for millennial entrepreneurs. This conference will also help SBDCs develop a strategic plan to help retain millennials in the network and position them for leadership roles in the future. Click here for the Conference Agenda.

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A new national study, “America’s Voice on Small Business,”  by America’s SBDC and the Center for Generational Kinetics, will be released and presented at the #M3 2017 – Investing In Innovation conference.

This new research has uncovered exciting discoveries about the strong drive of Millennials toward creating small businesses and the challenges they see ahead.

The release of the study will feature a video presentation by study author and renowned generational researcher and consultant Jason Dorsey.

Session 1:

Innovative Resources

Sponsored by GrowthWheel

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Session 2:

Innovative Marketing

Sponsored by Constant Contact

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Session 3:

Your Guide to New Lands –
Using B2B to Bridge the Gap

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Session 4:

Innovative Advising:
The Millennial Mind


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Opening Keynotes
(Thursday, June 8)

Blair Broussard


Meet Blair Broussard


Dima Ghawi


Meet Dima Ghawi

Networking Social
(Thursday, June 8)


Meet Fred Crispen
Senior VP, SBA Small Loans
United Midwest Savings Bank

Networking Social Sponsored by
United Midwest Savings Bank

Opening Session
(Friday, June 9)

John Grubbs

Meet John Grubbs
Author & Speaker on
Generational Change

Closing Session
(Friday, June 9)

Meet Gabrielle Bosché
Founder & President
The Millennial Solution

Learning objectives

The learning objectives will stress the importance of a Retention Strategy, the use of Innovative Resources in the workplace, and identify unique ways to Recruit Clients.

Retention Strategy is key for the development of the SBDC network, albeit considered a “flat organization,” there are opportunities to retain millennial talent by knowing the values of the generation. This objective is aimed to identify, discuss and understand millennials’ values as employees of the SBDC. It will give employers a chance to learn the expectations employees have, and ultimately a document will be created to be shared as a best practice for millennial employee retention.

We believe it’s important to take a look at Innovative Resources that may enhance our consulting process not just with millennials, but all clients. This objective is aimed to reveal, in an in-depth discussion, the tools, resources and certifications that may improve staff work ability and efficiency.

Aren’t you tired of being called “America’s best kept secret?” Recruiting Clients can be a challenge sometimes when we really want to get some cheeks in seats. This objective is aimed to help SBDCs overcome its marketing challenges, and make our services appeal to the masses, not just millennials.

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Attendees will receive

• FREE Professional Headshots

• 2 FREE books: The Millennial Entrepreneur and Leading the Lazy

• Plus door prizes


This low-cost professional development conference will provide insight to reaching target markets, offer solutions to help retain staff, and introduce innovative resources, tools and certifications to enhance what SBDC professionals do.

It will also give attendees the ability to “train-the-trainer.” Each attendee will receive a certificate of completion for 7 hours of professional development.

Hotel Info

DoubleTree by Hilton
Phone: 1-800-222-TREE
$128.00 ++ Room Rate

Hotel Group Code: SMD

When you call to make a reservation, tell them you are with the Louisiana SBDC group to ensure you get the room rate.

Attendee Registration


Includes Welcome Reception,
4 Workshops & Lunch

Register Now!

Conference Agenda

W-9 form, ULM Foundation

Hashtag #M32017

Meet the #M3 Team

Justin Downs
Financial Manager
Louisiana SBDC

DeRon Talley
Content Marketing | Marketing &
Communications Specialist
Louisiana SBDC

NaTisha NattNa'Tisha Natt, MA
Director of Marketing
& Communications
Louisiana SBDC

April Youngblut
Director of Communications & Marketing
America’s SBDC