First-ever Maximizing Millennial Minds conference slated for New Orleans

America’s SBDC and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) partnered to host the first Maximizing Millennial Minds Conference (M3) on June 8-9 in New Orleans.

America’s SBDC and LSBDC created this first-of-a-kind conference for its national network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to attend. It is aimed to offer professional development training to millennial employees and also focus on recruitment and retention of the workforce’s now-largest generation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the total of millennials will reach 75.3 million, overtaking baby boomers as the United States’ largest living generation.

M3 was originally designed to be a regional event in the Southeast but after so much interest across the country attendees are now flying in from Michigan, Virginia, Washington and other states.

“Keeping in touch with the small business community and adapting to its needs is a key focus at SBDCs. The M3 conference is a great example of how SBDCs are reaching out to our newest entrepreneurs to make sure we’re providing the services and tools they need to innovate and succeed. We are delighted in the interest its garnered in the network,” said America’s SBDC, President & CEO Charles “Tee” Rowe.

M3 Creator, LSBDC Communications Specialist DeRon Talley said, “we wanted to use this platform to explore, engage and elevate our network in a way that suits millennial’s style of doing things.”

“Millennials are coming into the workforce and are breaking all the rules, and you’ll see a lot of that at this conference with the use of technology, and mobile devices,” Talley said.

Using three targeted objectives and four courses, the M3 conference will give attendees a chance to be vocal in the management session, learn two perspectives for when consulting, and enhance their use of marketing through social media.


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