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    Build Business Has Gone Viral and Other Notes From SMPS National

    Build Business has Gone Virtual – What’s in It for You?
    Embracing SMPS’ theme of “Pivot and Focus,” this year’s Build Business, originally scheduled for July 2020 in Austin, Texas, has been shifted to a virtual program being held October 5-9th.

    With over 30 sessions and virtual events, this is a not-to-be-missed experience. The program is still being molded into shape and the presenters have yet to be announced, but check out the exciting Keynote Speakers and draft of the At-A-Glance Program Schedule.

    What you can expect:

    • Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panels, hack-o-thons, MLive, and roundtables
    • Virtual business exchange and exhibit hall
    • Entertaining and active breaks between programming
    • Collaboration and conversation corners
    • Live speaker Q&A
    • Awards program
    • Peer-to-peer discussions
    • Wellness sessions
    • Business networking happy hours

    Learn more about the conference including registration here. There are chapter team discounts ($90 off the $399 registration), so if you plan to attend reach out to Allison Halvorson and the chapter will send a coordinated response. If you have any questions about this year’s virtual Build Business conference, please contact [email protected].

    Update from the SMPS National Board of Directors
    SMPS HQ met last month, and here are the highlights:

    SMPS National Annual Membership Meeting
    This virtual meeting will be held at 11:00AM PT on August 31st. President Melissa Lutz, FSMPS, CPSM, and the rest of the team at national will recap the year and share their vision for the upcoming year. No registration is required. Check back here for a meeting link.

    From The Marketer
    Expect the unexpected! Scott D. Butcher, FSPMS, CPSM provides business development insight in Marketer Online.

    Seven Things Your Clients Want You To Know. Howard J. Wolff, FSMPS discusses how to listen – and better understand – what our clients want us to know about their business. How to ask for feedback and ensure you get your clients to tell you the truth.

    Karen Roberson is Co-Director of the Communications Committee for SMPS SFBAC and a Pursuit Manager, Buildings, at Stantec.

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