Member Benefits

Education, Resources & Networking

SGMP is the voice for government meetings and the organization is the leader in education, resources and networking for those who work in the government meeting planning industry. Monthly chapter meetings provide education topics specific to the interests of membership, whether they are new to the field or a long time meeting planner or supplier. SGMP provides networking opportunities at the monthly meetings, the Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Education Conference and the National Education Conference and Expo. SGMP offers additional webinars and online learning opportunities through the national website and social media interaction is available on a local and national level.

Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Education Conference

An annual education conference is held in the Rocky Mountain region each October. The two day conference features a variety of dynamic speakers and panels relevant to government meeting planning. The conference is attended by a mix of planners and suppliers looking to expand their knowledge and network with their peers and potential business partners. The conference is a great way for meeting planners to experience a town or resort area that is actively pursuing government meetings.

National Education Conference & Expo

The SGMP National Education Conference (NEC) is the largest annual conference catering exclusively to the government meeting planning industry. The conference is held in the spring each year in a destination favorable to government meetings. The NEC program offers education sessions by industry experts and provides an abundance of networking opportunities, including the largest annual trade show for those planning meetings or selling destinations and services to government meetings.

CGMP Certification

The Certified Government Meeting Professional (“CGMP”) is the highest professional designation for government meetings. The CGMP Course provides instruction in ethics, budget and contracting, travel regulations, risk management, ethics and protocol. The CGMP certification course is available exclusively to SGMP members.

Member Benefits for Planners

Education:

  • Monthly chapter meetings offer speakers valid for contact hours on topics relevant to the government meeting planning industry.
  • The Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Education conference offers speakers and panel discussions for contact hour credits.
  • The National Education Conference (NEC) offers educational sessions for contact hour credits.
  • The Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) Designation — this is the highest designation available specifically for government meeting professionals and it is available only to SGMP members

Resources:

  • Chapter website provides resources for planner members.
  • Chapter luncheons provide the opportunity to tour hotels that welcome government meetings.
  • Quarterly chapter newsletter provides updates on SGMP, industry topics and meeting planning current events specific to the Rocky Mountain Region.
  • SGMP National website offers an Online Suppliers Guide, updates on national industry information, and member rates on webcasts and webinars relevant to government meeting planning.
  • SGMP provides a complimentary subscription to Government Connections Magazine and the SGMP electronic newsletter, The SGMP Link.

Networking:

  • Chapter meetings and the Fall Education Conference offer networking opportunities with fellow planner members and suppliers in the Rocky Mountain Region.
  • The National Education Conference offers networking opportunities with members from all chapters as well as National Board Members and SGMP National Offices Staff Members.
  • The SGMP Online Directory offers the opportunity to connect with any planner or supplier member.
  • Social media connections are available through Facebook and Twitter on a local or national level.

Member Benefits for Suppliers

Education:

  • Monthly chapter meetings offer speakers valid for contact hours on topics relevant to the government meeting planning industry.
  • The Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall Education conference offers speakers and panel discussions for contact hour credits.
  • The National Education Conference (NEC) offers educational sessions for contact hour credits.
  • The Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) Designation — this is the highest designation available specifically for government meeting professionals and it is available only to SGMP members

Resources:

  • Chapter website provides resources for supplier members and the opportunity to advertise your property with an online banner.
  • Chapter luncheons and the Fall Education Conference provide the opportunity to showcase your property.
  • Quarterly chapter newsletter provides updates on SGMP, industry topics and meeting planning current events specific to the Rocky Mountain Region. Advertising opportunities are available to supplier members in the newsletter.
  • SGMP National website offers an Online Suppliers Guide, with the opportunity for enhanced Supplier listings and advertising.
  • SGMP National websites offers updates on national industry information, and member rates to webcasts and webinars relevant to government meeting planning.
  • SGMP provides a complimentary subscription to Government Connections Magazine and the SGMP electronic newsletter, The SGMP Link.

Networking:

  • Chapter meetings and the Fall Education Conference offer networking opportunities with planner members and fellow suppliers in the Rocky Mountain Region.
  • The National Education Conference offers networking opportunities with members from all chapters as well as National Board Members and SGMP National Offices Staff Members.
  • The SGMP National Directory offers the opportunity to connect with any planner or supplier member.
  • Social media connections are available through Facebook and Twitter on a local or national level.