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February 2018 Program Photos

Check out the photos from the February 2018 Program: The Butterfly Effect & Its Impact On AEC Firms with Scott Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM.

Petterino's | February 20, 2018

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos.

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Upcoming SMPS Wisconsin Events

Half Day Workshop: How to Win a Pitch

This half-day seminar is geared towards helping professionals successfully close the sale. New business presentations, short-list interviews and competitive sales pitches all require the ability to connect with potential clients better than the competition.

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: DoubleTree – Brookfield, 18155 West Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
  • Cost: $70 for SMPS Wisconsin Members / $100 for non-members

Register by March 15, 2018 to receive a copy of Joey Asher’s book, How to Win a Pitch.

More details and registration:

April Program - Storyboarding

Madison - April 17
11:00 am

Milwaukee - April 18
7:45 am

Details will be posted when available.




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CPSM Scholarship

Every day you further your company’s growth by identifying new project opportunities, developing business relationships, and getting your company’s name in front of prospective clients. That’s your job as a professional services marketer. SMPS, the recognized leader in education and information for marketing professional services, offers a credential that recognizes the marketing expertise you have achieved: Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Did you know that SMPS Chicago is currently accepting applications for our annual CPSM Scholarship? Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity! Download Form >

The scholarship must be used towards registration for the Roadmap to Certification: The CPSM Immersion Course on May 9-11, 2018 ($595), and hotel and flight accommodations for travel to Atlanta ($255) for this national SMPS course.

The CPSM credential is a voluntary certification designed to elevate the professional standards in marketing and influence the future of this vital field. Furthermore, the CPSM designation serves as a mark of distinction for professional services marketers and business developers, raising their standing with their employers, peers, and the public.

A CPSM is recognized as an individual who has met a rigorous standard of experience and expertise in marketing professional services and has demonstrated their knowledge of the practice and related disciplines through a thorough examination of marketing competency. This individual further adheres to the ethics and responsibilities of the profession as outlined in the CPSM Code of Ethics.

When you apply for the CPSM program, you are taking your first step toward joining a distinguished group of professionals who have made a commitment to professional excellence, career advancement, and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

Members Only - Login to SMPS Chicago to see our list of helpful CPSM links in the Member Area


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Future City Chicago

The Future City Chicago competition took place on January 20th. SMPS Chicago sponsored the Best Future City Marketing-Big Idea award. Sponsorship Chair Jessica Hemauer, CPSM and President Elect Dawn Jones 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: Wood Dale Junior High

Project Name: Forever Young

Wood Dale Jr. High “Forever Young” won our SMPS Award for Best Future City Marketing Big Idea because of their exceptional use of marketing via a handout brochure/ leave behind piece. They also described their city in a short skit, similar to an advertisement. 

Event Theme: Age-Friendly City

Future City ® is an official part of National Engineers Week and is celebrating its 26th year.

Future City® State of Illinois

The State of Illinois Future City Competition® is celebrating its 26th 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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Welcome, 2018 Annual Sponsors

To learn more about our supporters, click here.



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MCA Program Call for Entries

It's time for the 41st annual Marketing Communications Awards Program. The Call for Entries is open and the deadline to submit is March 2, 2018.

This year, the submission process is completely online.

NEW for 2018! MCA Outstanding Chapter Awards:

  • For the first time, SMPS will recognize the chapter with the most winning entries from the 2018 MCA competition. An award will be presented chapters based on their membership size, (small, medium, large and extra-large). One chapter from each size category may be recognized during the SMPS Evening of Excellence on August 16.
  • There are 20 categories in the competition this year. If you are not sure which category to enter, please contact the Awards Program Director at [email protected]
  • Submittal requirements vary depending on category. Read individual category descriptions below for submittal requirement details.
  • Materials completed between January 2016 and January 2018 will be accepted for the 2018 competition.
  • There are multiple discounts available, check out details on entry fees
  • Early Discount Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Final Deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Competition is open to both members and non-members. No pre-qualification or preliminary evaluation is required.
  • Check back here for the latest information on the competition.

Find out more, here.


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