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Welcome to Build Business

“Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” 
 —Wayne Gretzky

Build Business power:play will prepare you—as a marketer, business developer, or technical professional with client development responsibilities—to meet the business challenges of tomorrow while performing optimally today. Power:play is about competitive advantage: Winning when you are a man up on the competition—or finding a way to win when you’re not. This conference will give you the tools to position your firm and career to prosper under any circumstances.

Power:play also is about harnessing the power of contrasts to infuse your work with energy, innovation, and creativity. Why? To dazzle clients. To win profitable, satisfying projects. To sustain your firm and employees. To improve the world.

July 30–August 1, Build Business will bring together 800+ clients, content experts, principals, business developers, and marketers in beautiful San Antonio to learn from and challenge one another to think differently about business. As a participant, you will experience your choice of never-before-seen breakout sessions, provocative keynote speakers, and plenty of networking to make priceless business contacts. Over the course of these two-and-a-half days, you will:

1. Gain information to truly differentiate your firm from the competition.
You will be exposed to cutting-edge research, best practices, benchmarks, and marketing and business development ideas—information not available anywhere else—to position your firm more solidly in your markets.

2. Identify partnering opportunities, and strengthen relationships you already have.
SMPS is the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. The conference will give you a chance to build critical relationships and access the connections among the 800+ leaders expected to attend from around the country.

3. Secure business intelligence.
During conversations, presentations, and Q&A, you will discover what others know about upcoming projects and opportunities to win work.

Educational Program Available

Access the online educational program to peruse the great educational programs, inspiring keynote presentations, cutting-edge client panels, and opportunities to earn CEUs (up to 15.5 available)!

Team Discounts!

Firms registering three or more staff members benefit from a Team Discount of $90/person. Details can be found on the Registration page.

Registering more than 10 employees? Please contact Dan Reilly at SMPS Headquarters at 1.800.292.7677, x 223, or for assistance with special pricing and other opportunities for your team during the conference.

Earn CEUs

Educational activities during Build Business are approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for SMPS's Certified Professional Services Marketer Program. In addition, the program should meet criteria set forth by other professional societies and state licensure boards for continuing education requirements, including learning units from the American Institute of Architects.

Visit the online educational program for program details and information on CEUs. Build Business power:play offers the chance to earn up to 15.5 CEUs.

See Who is Attending!

View the roster to see which individuals, firms, and potential clients will be attending Build Business power:play. Start scheduling those meetings, making connections, and building business for your firm now!

Call for Presentations for Build Business 2015

Submit Your Breakout Session Proposal for Build Business 2015

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a breakout session for Build Business: go beyond, the SMPS Annual Conference, scheduled for August 19–21, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.

Download the Call for Presentations for complete details on session formats, audience, speaker benefits, and the proposal submission process. 

Deadline: September 22, 2014

Photos from the 2013 Conference and Gala Photos

Photos from Build Business: Dream Big! and the 2013 SMPS Awards Gala are available for viewing and purchase on the web site of SMPS’s conference photographer, Dana Sohm of Sohm Photografx. Photo Gallery