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SMPS Chicago Special Event

SMPS Chicago will be having a Special Event March 1, 2017 from 5-8 pm. Kicking off the Membership Drive, we'll be having a spring scial event.

Venue: Highline, 169 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago



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Future City Chicago

Future City Chicago competition took place in January 7. SMPS Chicago sponsored the Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea award. Special Events Co-Chair Tom Fennell and Programs Chair Kari Pandilidis, CPSM served as judges. The Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea award was for the future city that best combines the artistic display and use of materials for models of their Mini- Presentations (at their table) with the essay (how well did the team create a vision, solution and benefits -marketing their project plan) and clear messaging (how clearly did they articulate their ideas and solutions).

Future City Special Award: Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea Society of Marketing Professionals (SMPS)

Team: Chicago State University

Project Name: Bodega Bay

Event Theme: The Power of Public Spaces

Future City ® is an official part of National Engineers Week and is celebrating its 25th year.

Future City® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 25rd year as a regional group in the national competition. The regional competition is comprised of teams, schools, and professionals from Illinois and nearby Missouri. In addition to the actual competition, Annual Chicago Engineers Benefit Dinner showcases the top local teams and award winners. For more information, visit

Congratulations to all Future City participants!


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January 2017 Lunch Program Photos

Whether you attended the SMPS Chicago January Luncheon event January 11, 2017 or not, take a look at the photos. Click here.

Thank you, Bob Elmore for the photos.

Thank you sponsors, CCS and HKS.

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Some Pics from January BEE

Soap, Crackers, and Pasta Sauce – Why Would Anyone Care? at Walsh Construction, January 12, 2017


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Welcome, 2017 Annual Sponsors

SMPS Chicago is pleased to welcome our 2017 Annual Sponsors! Thank you for your support. We look forward to getting to know all our sponsors in 2017!

Find out more about our 2017 Annual Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities exist throughout the year. If your firm is interested in becoming involved with a future program or event, please contact [email protected].


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CPSM Immersion Course


Roadmap to Certification: The CPSM Immersion Course

It’s not every day you prepare for professional certification. It takes time, energy, and focus—not to mention the right tools and techniques to master the material. With Roadmap to Certification, we’ll help you plan and practice through a comprehensive study program led by seasoned instructors. Get a sneak peek of the course and hear how our instructors will help you every step of the way towards certification.

Roadmap to Certification includes:

  • A two-day immersion course scheduled for May 4–5, 2017, in Atlanta, GA
  • A 90-day study program that includes virtual assignments and instructor time
  • Faculty office hours during monthly webinars for Q&A, discussion, and feedback
  • Practice tests based on the SMPS Domains of Practice
  • A Study Hall, which is your virtual access to and guidance from CPSMs
  • A virtual forum to post questions through an interactive online community
  • A copy of the CPSM Study Guide
  • New study tools and materials—and an online resource library for each of the six domains

Get all the details about the course

Looking for more information about certification, click here


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SMPS WI - Establishing Your Brand Through Video

All too often companies are producing brand videos they’re not fully happy with, both in content and results. Whether you have the resources to hire an outside production firm, or are using an in-house videographer resource, in this practical talk, StoryFirst Media will leave you with key questions to ask yourselves before producing that next video, such as “Why Make a Video at All?” and “How Far Can My Gear Realistically Get Me?”

Attendees will leave the talk with actionable principles that are guaranteed to leave you more satisfied with your next video project!

7:45 a.m. Check-in and networking
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and program

$45 for SMPS Wisconsin Members / $70 for non-members
Registration closes end of day Tuesday, January 24.    

Find out more and register


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HRC Pinnacle Awards Nominations Due

The SMPS Pinnacle Awards are all about recognizing and honoring excellence in marketing and communication within the A/E/C industry. All members in good standing, whose firms have an office in the Heartland chapters, are eligible to submit their best marketing pieces to the competition. Award winners will be presented with their honors at the Heartland Regional Conference.

  • Submission Categories Feature:
  • Tradeshow Marketing 
  • Video
  • Holiday Piece 
  • Corporate Identity 
  • Brand Awareness Campaign 
  • Recruitment & Retention 
  • Social Media 
  • Website
  • Internal Communication

Call for Entries


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Members, Holiday Sale on

This year, Members, give yourself the gift of professional development during our Oh, Not So Secret Holiday Sale. Now through January 6, save on a variety of SMPS educational offerings, including webinars, in-person workshops, and online modules.

If our handy calculator is correct, you’ll save up to 30% off regular rates. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills while saving a few bucks, which if you ask us, sounds like a pretty good ROI.

  • Starting now, save $50 on:
  • Prepare To Win virtual workshop
  • Roadmap to Certification, CPSM immersion course
  • Business development workshops
  • Monthly webinars

Save Now

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