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    October 2018 Print

    From the President


    It's that time of year when firms start planning for the coming year by setting budgets, updating strategic plans, creating new goals and identifying where they want to be a year from now. But, it's also time to start planning for your future and your next year. 

    Where do you want to be a year from today? What do you want to do in the next 365 days to make you better? How will you get from where you are today to where you want to be? SMPS is here to help. As you think about your personal goals and career aspirations as well as your annual planning for marketing and business development, SMPS has programs, tools and resources to help you succeed. Here's a few resources you can use to help kick-start your planning:

    • Career Development Panel - On October 24, Greater Cincinnati SMPS will host a Career Development Panel where you can hear from experts in the industry about how they moved into firm leadership positions. You won't want to miss this event.

    • Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) - if you want to learn more about the art and science of marketing in the AEC industry, it's time to check out the CPSM. As you prepare to take the exam, you will explore the six domains of practice and learn how you can enhance your skills and elevate your firm's marketing and business development plans. Study groups for the CPSM will be forming after the first of the year, but put it on your plan today!

    • Personal Development Plans - if you haven't set personal goals for yourself in several years, now is the time. You can look at samples of personal development goals and plans on mySMPS.org by searching for career goals to find articles and conversations that help members chart their own path

    • Marketing and Strategic Planning - if you are responsible for you annual marketing plan or are part of the corporate strategic planning process, mySMPS.org has dozens of conversations, sample plans and more to help you with this too. There's no point starting from scratch when you can build on the power of the network so be sure to check them out today.

    • Leverage Your Network - if you want to plan for success in 2019 and aren't sure where to start, that's what your fellow SMPSers are for. Reach out to someone and invite them to coffee or lunch or join one of our member breakfast events this week and just chat about where you want to go, share ideas on how to get there and start today to change your tomorrow. Don't know many people in SMPS yet? Reach out to me and we'll get you connected!

    I hope you'll take charge of your future and take some time during the planning season to not only plan for the success of your firm, but plan for your own personal success. Set your own goals and develop your own plan so you can elevate your career, no matter where you are on the path. 

    Happy planning and we hope to see you soon! 

    Megan R. Miller
    President, Greater Cincinnati SMPS
    Product Marketing Manager, Deltek



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    Calendar of Events


    October 09, 2018 8:00 AM to October 10, 2018 10:00 AM

    First Watch

    Join us for breakfast and networking!




    October 18, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Jack Casino
    1000 Broadway Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Please join us for the Greater Cincinnati SMPS October Program Covering The Growth in Hamilton and Middletown




    October 24, 2018
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


    Build your plan for success for the upcoming year!



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    Coming to a Website Near You!

    This week, Greater Cincinnati SMPS will get a face lift! As mentioned last month, we are excited to transform to the new SMPS brand and this is the week. You'll see an update to the website, changes to our social media and more! 


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    Promote Your Firm through SMPS

    SMPS is looking for partners for the upcoming 2018-2019 year and various opportunities are available.   

    This is a unique opportunity to promote your company and connect with different stakeholders from the A/E/C community.

    SMPS will have many great opportunities to meet representatives and experts in the A/E/C field through our Programs, Educational, Networking, and Outreach events.

    Don’t wait! Opportunities are filling up. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and would like more details, please contact Jason Weier, Engineered Building Systems, Director of Sponsorship at sponsorship@greatercincinnatismps.org or 859.669.1935  

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    Help others Dress for Success

    SMPS is planning a little friendly competition for the month of November that will benefit Dress for Success and the Brighton Center's Center for Employment Training Well Suited program. More details forthcoming at our October program and education events, but get that competitive spirit ready!

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    SMPS HQ Link

    Blogging plays an important role in your firm’s online marketing and BD efforts. But do you know the best way to drive website traffic, establish credibility, and showcase your firm’s subject matter expertise?

    During the SMPS October webinar, learn how to turn your firm’s blog into an influential platform and a destination for prospects and clients. From the right strategies to best practices, you’ll gain actionable tools and tips to help build your business. Register Now.

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    SMPS Marketing Compensation and Metrics Survey

    2018 data entry is open. With fewer questions, we've made participating even easier. 

    Since 2014, the A/E/C Salary Survey has provided annual updates and comparison reports to the SMPS community, educating marketers about hiring and spending trends of participating companies. This study is the largest compensation and metrics survey of marketing and business development professionals in the A/E/C industry available today.

    Learn more about why and how to participate at https://www.smps.org/careers/salary-survey/ 

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    New and Renewed Members

    Renewed Members

    Kathryn Berner, Miller-Valentine Group
    Katherine Crossen, Al. Neyer
    Joy Lytle, Schaefer
    Jeffrey Millard, CMTA Engineers
    Kristen Payne, FTC&H
    Deena Turnbull, Heapy Engineering

    New Members

    Rachel Bovard, FX Facility Group

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    Your SMPS Profile Matters! Check it today!

    Here is a great reminder from SMPS HQ for our members: 

    Your SMPS Profile Matters! How can you find colleagues—or partnering opportunities—if your profile hasn’t been updated since fanny packs were in style? To make sure everything is up to date, check out your member profile on #SMPShttp://ow.ly/Qvoq30m7ePV

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