SMPS Chicago Blog

EMAs Deadline Extended - Now Due July 16

Due to the Independence Day holiday, we've extended the deadline to nominate until July 16.


About the EMA’s
The Excellence in Marketing Awards (EMAs) are designed to recognize outstanding achievement in marketing communications by professional service firms in the Chicagoland AEC industry. Modeled after the SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards, the program provides an opportunity for firms to showcase their best marketing practices.


Entries and Eligibility
SMPS Chicago’s EMAs will honor 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place overall for excellence in marketing communications. The top score will also receive “Best In Show”.  The material must have been published or issued between June 2017 and July 2018.

Benefits of Participating
-  Industry recognition for your firm
-  Expert feedback on your firm’s marketing practices from executive-level A/E/C industry professionals (EAP
-  Enhancement of your firm’s brand and positioning
-  Inspiration for future campaigns
-  Complimentary attendance at Annual Meeting

Submittal Deadline: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2018.

Get the full details and the submit online entry here.

Contact Lindsay Green at [email protected]

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June BEE


Thank you to all the attendees for the June 26 Business Executives Exchange NeuroSelling: How to outsmart and outsell your competition from the RFQ through the boardroom presentation. Thank you Norcon for your event sponsorship.



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Go Cubs Go


Join SMPS Chicago for a summer outing at Wrigley Field.

We start the evening across from the ballpark at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn (3658 N Clark) for food, drinks, networking, and to distribute game tickets.

Then head across the street to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.


Get all the details and register today!


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Town Hall Meeting - Program Year in Review

SMPS Chicago is hosting a town hall style meeting June 28 at Primera Engineers to listen to your feedback on the 2017-2018 Program Year.

Breakfast is included.

Get all the details and register here.

2017-2018 Monthly Luncheon Programs were:

  • May: Skills for Internal Elevation
  • April: Creating A Firm Full of Ambassadors
  • March: The Antidote for Burnout
  • February: The Butterfly Effect and Its Impact on A/E/C Firms
  • January: The Inside Scoop: What Are Client’s Really Looking for In Our Proposal Responses?
  • November: HR and Marketing
  • October: Delivering a Winning Interview That Gets the Job
  • September: Creativity Myth Busters

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SMPS Wisconsin Tour and Happy Hour in Madison

Join SMPS Wisconsin for a tour of The Lyric Apartments, a new mixed-use development in downtown Madison. The first three floors of The Lyric are filled with retail stores and office space. The following seven floors are filled with high-end studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project won an Associate Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Silver Award and a Daily Reporter Top Project Award. Please meet at The Lyric Apartments lobby area.

A Happy Hour will be held immediately following the tour at the Avenue Club1128 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: The Lyric Apartments, 1010 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703
Cost: $20 for SMPS Wisconsin members / $25 for non-WI-members



4:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Meet and mingle at The Lyric Apartments lobby area
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Guided tour of The Lyric Apartments (Tour leaves at 5:00 pm sharp)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Happy hour at the Avenue Club (within walking distance)

Note: This area is all street parking, please plan accordingly.

Get more information and register.



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