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December 2020 Print

From the President

As another year reaches its end, I often take time to reflect. 2020 is no different. I look back with gratitude that the AEC industry has been relatively unscathed, all things considered. I know we are all eager to leave this year behind. But the reality is that the challenges many faced this year will not magically disappear when the ball drops. I hope that you have the resources and the kindness to give this season to support neighbors in need.  

“The Salvation Army expects to see a greater need for its services this holiday season – more than any in recent history.” Considering a possible 10-11% unemployment rate and the increased service it already provided this year due to COVID-19, The Salvation Army will need resources to serve up to 155% more people with Christmas assistance.

The Salvation Army is traditionally fueled through donations and fundraisers—especially the traditional red kettles. But with declining foot traffic and the closing of retail stores, it is possible The Salvation Army will see a 50% decrease in traditional red kettle donations.

That is why GCSMPS is kicking off a holiday campaign to help #RescueChristmas for those in need. We have set a goal of raising $500 for the Salvation Army Virtual Red Kettle in time for our virtual Holiday Party on December 17. No gift is too big or too small. Please go to the link to donate to our campaign now.

Then, I hope you will join us in your ugliest holiday sweater for our virtual Holiday Party on December 17th from 4:00-5:00. We will kick off with a scavenger hunt and toast to the hopes of seeing each other in person in 2021.

I hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season and come back refreshed and ready for lots of great content and networking opportunities. 

Melanie Pliskin, CPSM
President
Greater Cincinnati SMPS

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Calendar of Events

Virtual Holiday Party

December 17, 2020
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Virtual

Grab your ugliest sweater and your prettiest cocktail, and join us to celebrate the successes of 2020 and the promise of 2021! We'll kick off the merriment with a scavenger hunt!

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CPSM Free Information Session

January 06, 2021
4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Virtual

Attend this free CPSM Study Group Information Session with an introduction to CPSM and study tips!

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CPSM Study Group

February 03, 2021
thru April 28, 2021

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Virtual

Study with your peers and prepare to take the test that proves you are certified in our industry best practices. Meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays for eight weeks.

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Kudos

Congratulations to GCSMPS President Melanie Pliskin, CPSM, who was just named Associate with GBBN. 

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CPSM Study Group

CPSM Study Group - Free Information Session

January 06, 2021
4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Virtual

Your marketing skills are vital to the lifeline of your firm. 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).

Attend this free CPSM Study Group Information Session with an introduction to CPSM and study tips!

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New and Renewed Members

Welcome to our newest members:

  • Veronica Smith, Marketing Coordinator at Burgess & Niple

And thanks to members who recently renewed their membership:

  • Janet Heil, CPSM
  • Bethany Smith, FSMPS, CPSM
  • Patrick Raverty
  • Laura Gerald

Worried about your upcoming renewal, due to COVID hardships? SMPS HQ has extended the grace period for all members to 130 days, from 70. Reach out to Membership Chair Paul Moran [email protected] with any questions. 

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SMPS HQ Link

It’s a great time to save and amp up your knowledge in marketing and business development. Take 50% off select SMPS products and publications—and up to $200 off next year’s Build Business with the member rate. 

Cyber Monday Deals last through December 7 to give you a bit more time to shop. Technically, that’s still a Monday—and we’re sticking to it!

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