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Focusing on Lessons of Wisdom

August 11, 2022

It has been an immense honor leading SMPS as president. In a position of high visibility and responsibility, I knew my presidency needed purpose and a commitment to continuing to advance our organization. It’s not Read More

The DBE Program: What the Firms Have To Say

March 26, 2021

In 1983, Congress created the country’s first Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. In 1987, that program was amended to include women-owned businesses (WBE). The program was originally geared towards transportation projects. But now, this approach Read More

Data for Customer Engagement and Business Development

April 22, 2020

Digital transformation. Disruption. Innovation. As a professional in the A/E/C industries, you know these buzzwords all too well. Project teams are accustomed to adapting, testing new solutions on their project sites, and reaping the benefits Read More

SMPS Member Kathleen Porter

February 13, 2020

In our member spotlight, Kathleen Porter takes time out of her busy day to chat with SMPS. Kathleen, who works for Lavellee Brensigner Architects as business development manager, shares the rewards of her job and Read More

Declutter Your CRM To Increase Productivity

December 19, 2019

In A/E/C, we have a lot of processes. Your company has a process for deciding which projects you’ll go after. Your marketing team has a process for capturing information for use on proposals. You even Read More

Can an Introvert Succeed at BD?

May 24, 2019

If you’ve heard me speak or have read my previous articles, you know that I’m a strong proponent of building a firmwide culture of business development (BD) by having everyone contribute in ways that are Read More

It’s Time To Change Your Story About Business Development

April 25, 2019

  I’ve witnessed many A/E/C and environmental consulting professionals and firms shroud the topic of business development in a level of mystery and complexity that’s just not serving them well. In fact, when I conduct Read More

The Secret To Winning More Work

March 21, 2019

Anyone who sells products or services understands how difficult it can be to win business. You often find yourself up against prospects who are under pressure to control costs, and therefore only seem to be Read More

Take the Stress Out of Networking

December 6, 2018

The holiday season is upon us. This time of year provides great opportunities for networking. There are company parties, client gatherings, SMPS socials, church get-togethers, neighborhood block parties, and the list goes on. Some people Read More

Better Business

March 26, 2018

How Competitive Analysis Leads to Better Business. Read More