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SMPS Twin Cities Event with GraceWorks


October 17, 2017
7:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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The Metropolitan Grand Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd. 
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Wimpy writing just doesn't get results! Gracewriting® teaches you to write with power by being clear, concise and correct. We help you write with grace by putting your reader's needs first.

In today’s lightning-fast business environment, no one has time to read wordy emails, letters, reports or planograms. It’s just good business to write succinctly and correctly, creating energized documents that connect with the reader.

Our workshop involves a lot more than putting pen to paper. We play games. We compete. We make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! What does that have to do with better writing? Everything! Be ready to be big and bold as you experience Gracewriting®.

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September 2017 Program Photos

Check out the photos from the September 2017 Program: Creativity Myth Busters with Craig Atkinson.

Wildfire | September 13, 2017

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos.

Click here to see the album.



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Meals from the Heart

On September 11, SMPS Chicago volunteers came together to organize and cook dinner for children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months at a time in Chicago while their seriously ill or injured children receive treatment. For children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. Through the Meals from the Heart program, volunteers such as SMPS Chicago, help provide some comfort and relief to families during their stay. Members of the SMPS Chicago Board and Executive Advisory Panel prepared the meal. SMPS Chicago has participated in the Meals from the Heart program for several years.




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Annual Meeting Photos

Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting last week at Virginia Tile. It was wonderful to see you. 

Here are the photos!

Thanks to Bob Elmore for the photos. Thanks Annual Sponsors. Thanks Virginia Tile.


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Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Here’s your chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Chicago’s buildings and experience the diversity and culture of each community.

OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or tickets are needed. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for October 14-15, 2017!

The details


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EMA Winners Announced

SMPS Chicago announced the winners of the 2016-17 Excellence in Marketing Awards (EMAs) at the Annual Meeting on August 31, 2017.

External Marketing (Trade Show): The Scion Group


Internal Marketing (Internal Communications): Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


Representatives from The Scion Group and Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates, Inc. will receive a personalized trophy and $150 SMPS bucks. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates was also selected as Best in Show and will receive one registration to the 2018 Build Business National Conference in San Diego, CA.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all participants:

  • Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd.
  • Larson Engineering
  • McHugh Construction
  • Power Construction
  • Raths, Raths and Johnson, Inc.
  • R.M. Chin and Associates, Inc.
  • RTM Associates
  • McShane Companies
  • The Scion Group
  • W.E. O'Neil
  • Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Applications were evaluated by the EAP, which is comprised of past SMPS Presidents and Fellows in the Chicago chapter. 

Modeled after the SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards, the EMAs recognizes outstanding achievement in marketing communications by professional service firms in the Chicagoland AEC industry.


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