by Suzanne King
Like other businesses, SMPS Boston has postponed in-person events until further notice. We are fortunate in that we already have a robust online infrastructure for our members to help them stay connected and receive continuing education. Members have access to free webinars and MySMPS, an online community that connects SMPS members throughout the country. On the local level, we have quickly shifted to hosting some of our events online or via Skype.
For example, the CPSM Committee will continue to hold study groups for all CPSM candidates and will shift the meetings to Skype. We were already planning to Livestream an event with the SMPS Northern New England Chapter between the cities of Portland, Manchester, and Boston. In January, the chapter began testing a members-only SMPS Boston Slack workspace. The SMPS Boston Slack workspace was fully rolled out to our members in March, and has become another way for us to communicate without meeting in person.
Finally, we continue to be able to provide members with access to a lending library of free marketing and business books and webinars presented by SMPS. While we are looking forward to seeing each other in-person, we continue to monitor and follow state and federal government requirements and will adjust future scheduling as necessary.
Suzanne King is president of SMPS Boston.