2019 HRC Registration is Open

Are You Ready to Focus Forward?

Please join us at Focus Forward, the 2019 Heartland Regional Conference, where you’ll learn transformative marketing and business development skills to move your firm and career into the future. Focus Forward will be held in Detroit, Michigan from May 29–31, 2019, at the historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel.  

The SMPS Heartland Region—comprised of approximately 900 professionals representing more than 350 companies and organizations—invites you to innovate, invigorate, adapt, achieve, aspire, and inspire in Detroit this spring. Programs will explore industry innovations, highlight upcoming A/E/C trends, and showcase where the A/E/C industries are moving in the future.

Our opening keynote, Mary Abbajay, with Careerstone Group, will be joined by many other premier presenters and passionate professionals who are driven to ensure the future successes of our attendees. You’ll leave Focus Forward with new skills, tools, and resources to prepare you for the inevitable changes that the future brings.

Eary Bird pricing is on until March 1, 2019.

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2019 Call for Entries

Show us your great results.

In case you missed it, the 42nd Annual Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) program is now open. And there’s good news: Everything is still completely online. That means no binders, no boxes, and no paper cuts, just like last year! 

Start planning today by checking out our gallery for inspiration and identifying your best projects! If you enter by March 1, 2019, you’ll save at least $75 on the fee.  

Entering our premier marketing competition includes five easy steps:

  1. Review the categories and submittal requirements to prepare 
  2. Create an account in the awards portal 
  3. Complete the entry form and upload your entry and supporting documents
  4. Make your payment online
  5. Relax (or watch funny pet videos, your choice) while awaiting the results 


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BB2019 Early Bird Pricing

Early Bird price for Build Business 2019

From July 31–August 2, 2019, we’re bringing you three days of keynotes, educational programs, and networking. Register today and reserve your room at the conference hotel before it sells out. 

Make sure to visit our Build Business site regularly for updates on speakers, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

In the meantime, do you need a little help convincing your boss to attend? There’s a section on our site just for you, including an article about how conferences are a great return on investment. And while we’re at it, here’s what some attendees have said about their experience at Build Business:

“The caliber of presentations and speakers was top notch. I returned home with renewed excitement about my job.”

“My favorite part was having the opportunity to network with attendees from across the country and learning their different approaches to marketing and business development.”

”Build Business has helped me expand my network coast to coast.”

See you in DC this summer!

SMPS Build Business 2019 will be held July 31 - August 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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AIA Convention 2014 (Chicago, June 26-28) Marketing Sessions

AIA National Convention has some marketing communication sessions that SMPS Chicago will be represented at with Kate Brannelly and SMPS National’s Ron Worth.

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Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition Jury 2014 – Volunteer Opportunity

Here’s a Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) volunteer opportunity for you. Be a jury member at the 32nd Annual Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition. Chicago Public High School students have 12 divisions to enter projects in. These divisions challenge students to use a variety of technical and creative skills to solve design problems.

May 15 | 8:30 am start

For more details:

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