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November 11, 2015 Luncheon Photos

Here’s the SMPS Chicago photos from What the Architect really wants you to know click here. Thank you Bob Elmore for the images. Thank you sponsors Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Direct Binding and Printing Co.

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Certification Advancement Assistance Program

Five scholarships available, find out more here.

Ready to certify? We’re here to help.

Certification shows a commitment to best practices in professional services marketing. To help better manage costs associated with obtaining CPSM designation, SMPS has introduced the Certification Advancement Assistance (CAA) Program.

The CAA Program will help to support this critical component of professional development for individuals who may not be able to afford it. Five CAA scholarships will be granted each year, beginning in January 2016.  

What’s included?
Assistance is provided for initial certification for the following:

  • Exam Preparation: Applicants have the opportunity to select designated SMPS educational resources to help best prepare for the examination. You make pick any or all of the listed resources below:
    • A/E/C Marketing Fundamentals Book (2015)
    • CPSM Study Guide
    • Marketing Handbook for the Design & Construction Professional, 3rd Edition
  • Exam Fee Reimbursement: SMPS will reimburse the examination fee ($275) to CAA Program participants who pass the CPSM exam. To receive reimbursement, you must submit a copy of your score report or official certificate within 90 days of completing the exam. 

Please note: Any certification materials purchased prior to applying for the CAA Program are not eligible for refund. The CAA Program is for initial certification; recertification assistance is not available at this time.

Who’s eligible to apply?

  • Individuals who have been members of SMPS for at least one full continuous year, without any lapses or interruptions, as of August 2015, may apply. Members who do not meet this criterion can apply in 2016 for assistance in 2017.
  • SMPS members who have no other financial support for certification are encouraged to apply.
  • SMPS members pursuing initial certification may apply for assistance.

Are there other eligibility requirements?

  • CAA Program applicants who apply this year for financial support in 2016 must be prepared to take the CPSM examination by August 31, 2016. No extensions will be granted after August 31, 2016. Applicants who take the exam prior to January 15, 2016, or after August 31, 2016, will be ineligible for reimbursement through the CAA Program.
  • Individuals must meet the eligibility criteria for testing described by SMPS and follow the online application process. See the CPSM Handbook for CPSM application information.

How do I apply?
Download the CAA application and apply by December 1, 2015. Please be sure to complete all sections of the form. Letters of support, résumés, or additional information are not required.

If selected, when will I be notified?

Recipients will be notified by email by January 15, 2016.

Whom should I contact for other questions?
Please contact Kevin Doyle at [email protected].

How is the program supported?

The program is funded entirely by SMPS.

How is the program coordinated?

The CAA program has been developed by SMPS and administrative support is provided by the education and certification department at SMPS headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

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What the Architect really wants you to know recordings

The program audio recordings are in two parts. While listening, you may need to adjust your computer or device volume.

Part 1

Part 2


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Business Executives Exchange Q&A

Business Executives Exchange Q&A

What was the catalyst to start the program? A 2013 Survey with Senior SMPS Members . . . SMPS Chicago listened!
What is the purpose of BEE?   It was designed specifically for senior business development and marketing leaders seeking peer-based learning, professional growth and relationships through a dynamic, interactive exchange of ideas in a collaborative forum.
What are the eligibility requirements? Senior SMPS Members with over 10 years of experience and holding senior-level Business Development and Marketing positions within their respective firms.
What topics are covered? BEE sessions focus on high-level content/discussion on a wide variety of relevant topics.
Who are the session speakers? Leaders within the AEC Industry, as well as other related Industries to offer fresh perspective.
How often are the sessions? We hold BEE sessions quarterly and each lasts two hours.
What is the session format?   BEE events facilitate networking opportunities with 30 minute active presentation followed by one hour of open discussion. No learning units are offered.
Where are the events held?   Chicago Architecture Foundation, Arcelor-Mittal Design Studio.

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Pop-up Networking this Wednesday

Please join us for a pop-up event at Bin 36. Mingle with AEC professional and SMPS Members at this free event. Bring business cards!

Attendees will meet in the front bar of the restaurant and will be responsible for covering individual food and drink costs.

Planning to attend? Please register so we may have a proper headcount.

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