OMIC 2018 Schedule

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Join us as we field questions, troubleshoot, brainstorm ideas for your business, and talk about new developments in our favorite social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more!
Social Media Breakfast Lafayette is FREE to attend and open to anyone and everyone!
We bring together local social media practitioners and enthusiasts for a morning of meeting, sharing, and learning about the tools and tricks of the ever-evolving social media industry. We promote a casual and comfortable setting for newbies and experts alike to ask questions, toss around new ideas, and offer personal stories of success.

Thomas Chance is a local entrepreneur who has built two world leading marine technology companies which included several hundred employees and offices across the globe. This presentation will discuss his life adventure and some of the lessons he has learned while starting, building, and selling technology companies over the last 35 years.

Finding it hard to remain focused on your business goals amidst all the chaos? Nathaniel will speak about how to remain calm and clearly define your outcome by sharing personal stories, processes for overcoming obstacles and daily practical steps for remaining professional and productive.

Enoch is the founder of CO.STARTERS, and cofounder of The Company Lab and the GIGTANK accelerator. He played a key role in accelerating the renaissance of Chattanooga, TN by growing a thriving community of support for both world class startups and creative entrepreneurs. Enoch has been involved with startups since his grade school popsicle stand put the local ice cream truck out of business, with his latest adventure being a luxury treehouse eco-retreat, TreetopHideaways.

Do you have a business idea or concept, but need help determining the next steps? Do you struggle describing your business to others? This workshop is for those who have business ideas but need help gaining clarity on how exactly the business will operate, how to monetize the business or how to determine what the next steps are. Skip Boudreaux will walk you through modeling your business or business idea using the Business Model Canvas. Upon completion of the workshop, you should expect to be able to understand who your customers are, what value you are delivering to them, what resources you need to deliver that value and how you will make money.

What you’ll get out of it: You’ve launched and are getting some traction. You are ready to hire a marketing team. Here, you’ll learn the building blocks to create a structure that nurtures strategy, drives results and gets you the outcomes you want. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.

Join Dacoda Bartels, UAV Chief Pilot and Division Manager for the Aerobotics Drone Division of Grand Isle Shipyard, as he speaks about drones and their uses in multiple sectors around the globe. From medical delivery to construction projects to personal flying machines, drones have been implemented in a variety of industries. If you're interested in the benefits of drone technology for your business or curious about how drones will affect your business in the future, this session is for you.

As a result of recent tax reform legislation, there were both wins and losses for taxpayers. In the first part of this discussion, major provisions of the new law will be highlighted, including how these changes could potentially affect businesses and individuals alike. Afterward, opportunities in the form of tax credits, both federal and state, will be the topic of conversation, all culminating with a Q&A session.

Do you want to build a compatible and cohesive team who are all moving in the direction of your vision? Are your efforts to motivate your team falling short? In this session, we’ll debunk myths and uncover the true foundation of team building that can lead to long-term, sustainable motivation.

Join the OM at the LITE Building for open discussions on business and entrepreneurship with Chris Meaux, founder of Waitr. Sign up today!
Waitr, Inc., the on-demand food delivery service and online restaurant platform, has grown rapidly while receiving wide acclaim for its user-friendly technology. After emerging from a startup-weekend event in 2013, Waitr has become one of the most popular services connecting restaurants with their customers through an easy-to-use app. The company expanded from its Louisiana home and now operates in more than 200 cities across 10 states. With a headquarters in Lake Charles, Waitr has grown to over 5,000 employees with more than half of those employees in Louisiana.
Company founder and serial entrepreneur Chris Meaux is an active member of the Louisiana entrepreneurship and tech community. After attending Louisiana State University, Chris began his career with Hyundai Electronics in Dallas, Texas and later went on to lead the retail and distribution team in London, UK for McAfee Software. After several years of working for large technology companies, Chris began working with startups and small businesses in Silicon Valley and Dallas-Fort Worth before returning to Louisiana in 2011 with an eye toward expanding the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in Louisiana. Meaux is a member of the 2017 Silicon Bayou 100, 2017 Jr. Achievement Startup Business of the Year, and a finalist for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Chris was born in Crowley, La., and currently resides in Lafayette with his wife, Missy. They have two grown children Logan and Mekensie and one granddaughter, Violet.

Are you thinking about your exit strategy? You should because your potential investors already are. In this class, you will learn about different forms of exit strategies, equity shares, buyouts, IPOs and more!

Touchstone delivers applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to individuals and companies through its clinical, consultation, and organizational behavior management (OBM) departments. OBM measures are used to objectively identify and modify environmental variables that affect employee performance and impact company outcomes. Touchstone behavior analysts, Angela Moran and Tricia Clement, will describe how the company’s implementation of multiple OBM strategies, such as performance-based pay schemes and public postings, have led to desirable outcomes like increased number of objectives achieved per consumer and a decrease in cost per objective met. Come learn how to make your employees happier and your business better!

During this session Konstantin will describe the process of developing a physical product and how it's different from building a software product. He will discuss the challenges and rewards associated with developing tangible products. He will also talk about some Do's and Don't based on our experience. At the end of the class he will discuss some efficient ways in which software and hardware developers can work together and the skills necessary for a career in product development.

Want to build an app but don’t know where to start? Find out how to build your dream app, business app or fun and games app. Scott and Carlos will discuss some preliminary aspects you can do to start your app development process. In addition, they will explore how you can communicate to your development team to accelerate build time and get your app to the stores quickly.

In the wake of data privacy scandals, election tampering and lost faith in the platform, Facebook is making major updates to the way they prioritize your timeline. Not only that, but many key ad features are seeing updates as well. As a marketer, it can be difficult to read through the rhetoric and decipher what these updates truly mean for your business efforts. Join Cory LaGrange as we take a look at some of the key developments and changes that have taken place in 2018 when it comes to the Facebook algorithm and ad platform.

After thirty years of research and development, Virtual Reality has matured into a product that will disrupt every screen you use today. Experiencing the world in three dimensions instead of two will become the standard. For the purposes of training and gaming, the hardware is past the point of proof-of-concept and has moved into early adoption. Shane will explore current use cases for this technology.

Twenty-five nations including the United States, have political systems based on federalism -- a structure in which there are both national and regional or local governments. Innovation can be more easily accomplished in sub-national jurisdictions which are smaller, have less bureaucracy and are easier to navigate. In the United States, states and localities are sometimes referred to as "Laboratories of Democracy".
This presentation will focus on opportunities for collaborative innovation and alternative public finance via researching, testing and implementing strategies for social, economic and political transformation using blockchain, tokenization and smart city technologies. The presenter will outline current technologies that are being used to spur innovation, profile representative firms, describe current legal, regulatory and technological challenges and offer elements of a roadmap for bringing governments, software developers and digital capital together.
As the number of blockchain ecosystems grows (teams of software developers, advocates and users, gathered around a specific project, technology or use case), there are opportunities to learn about how these collaborative innovation frameworks can transform government operations and citizen engagement.

Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the concepts behind Agile and that it is a mindset shift rather than a just a set of guidelines and rules.. This hands-on workshop will explore those Agile roots and provide an introduction to the Scrum framework. Scrum is the most popular Agile framework in use today. Agile methods have been used to deliver many types of projects and products ranging from IT, HR, engineering, business and even life-critical implantable medical devices. Participants will simulate the creation of a product using the Scrum frameworks.
Join Terysa Ridgeway, Senior Consultant at CGI as she leads an interactive workshop taking you on a simulated journey in Agile, including:
How to minimize risk by working in small iterations How to maximize value by delivering often How to make work visible for the entire team How to prioritize work effectively

Overcoming adversity is the key in growing a successful venture and growing as a founder. Learn from real life situations that turned adversity into profound opportunities in an early stage startup. Ryan will take you through his experience working in organ transplantation to launching several medical device companies. To learn more about Ryan please visit

The process of exporting can be intimidating even for well-established businesses. For start-ups, it can be overwhelming. However, with adequate support and training, companies stand to benefit significantly from opening new markets and diversifying their client base. This presentation will introduce essential issues that should be considered by anyone interested in exporting. It will identify informational and financial resources and will address the questions that are key to determining if and when your company is ready to make the move towards exporting. Representatives from the Lafayette International Center will be on hand to discuss success stories and to explain the support they provide in helping companies either begin exporting, or in taking their exports to the next level.

In 2018, Lafayette became the first city in the South to have its own musical instrument library. This presentation will cover how the concept came to fruition and what the future holds for prospective musicians in the city.

Life and Business Strategist, Tyrone Bufkin, will help you explore the six driving forces of a starting, fixing, and growing a successful business. Instead of a spending 6 months making the perfect business plan, Tyrone will show you how to gain success faster using these six drivers; effective business progress mapping, cash flow and legal analysis, key resources (Innovation & education), marketing systems, sales systems, and client/solution development.

Nancy Kamei is a Program Director, managing a portfolio of grants to start-up companies. For several years, she had served as a National Instructor for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, interacting with National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grantees. This inspired her to come out of retirement to join the National Science Foundation full-time and continue working with innovators and entrepreneurs. Nancy has more than 20 years of experience as an investor, having selected and managed billions of dollars of investments of both public equities (Capital Group Companies) and venture capital (Intel Capital). She is also a serial entrepreneur, having been on the founding team of several Silicon Valley startups (Onyx Pharmaceuticals). After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California, San Francisco, she started her career at Merck and then completed her Master of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nancy also has more than 40 years of service to the non-profit sector. She recently relocated to the Washington, D.C. area after a lifetime in California.

Accelerate South is a 12-week long business acceleration program that focuses on accelerating innovative healthcare companies. Ten startups were accepted into the program. These ten companies received access to titans of the healthcare industry who opened their facilities' doors to test innovative products/services, mentor startups and potentially invest.