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How to Join SGMP - Local Information

We welcome anyone who is interested in joining SGMP to attend one of our monthly meetings to experience for yourself the benefits offered from this organization.

Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of every month in Gainesville, Florida. The site varies as members offer to host the meetings. Evening meetings start at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6:00 p.m.  Lunch meetings start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Membership Categories

There are five categories of membership in SGMP. Upon submission, your application is presented to the SGMP Board of Directors for approval. In order to maintain the membership balance, supplier and associate supplier applicants must join with a planner applicant.  A quick link to all membership applications can be found on the National SGMP website:  http://www.sgmp.org/

GOVERNMENT PLANNER
Federal, state, or local government employees who have the responsibility for planning or implementing any type of meeting, conference, or convention as part of their official duties. Employees of private organizations, a majority of whose membership is comprised of government employees, may also qualify as government planners if they plan and implement meetings as part of their official duties.  Click here for the application.  (This will take you to the SGMP National website.)

CONTRACT PLANNER
Individuals, organizations or companies operating under contract to government agencies, and are receiving said payments directly from government agencies, to assist in the planning or implementation of meetings, conferences or conventions are contract planners by this definition. Individuals, organizations or companies that are compensated through retainer or commission from suppliers, i.e., hotels, conference centers, cities, etc., will be considered suppliers. This means that individuals, organizations or companies whose income in the planning or placement of government meetings, conferences or conventions is derived from suppliers are also considered as suppliers. Click here for the application.  (This will take you to the SGMP National website.)

SUPPLIER
Companies or individuals who solicit business from and/or who provide facilities and services to government planners outside of direct assistance in the planning and implementation of meetings. Suppliers include hotel representation firms, travel agencies convention & visitors bureaus, consulting firms, registration services, airlines, printers, exhibit managers, security services, etc. Click here for the application. (This will take you to the SGMP National website.)

ASSOCIATE SUPPLIER
Individuals, organizations or companies that are compensated through retainer or commission from suppliers (i.e., hotels, conference centers, cities, etc.) will be considered associate suppliers. This means that individuals, organizations or companies whose income in the planning or placement of government meetings, conferences or conventions is derived from suppliers are also considered suppliers. Click here for the application.  (This will take you to the SGMP National website.)

EDUCATOR/STUDENT - RETIREE
Individuals who are educators or students who would not otherwise qualify for any other membership category. This is a nonvoting category and does not count toward planner/supplier "matching" requirements. This category is not open to anyone who would be eligible for any one of the three other membership categories. Click here for the application.

Note: If a person qualifies for membership in more than one category, he/she must join at the highest membership category for which they are eligible.

Rates
Annual Membership Dues
$55
Government Planners
$140
Contract Planners
$400
Suppliers
$275
Associate Supplier
$25
Students /Educators
$25
Retirees

For more information contact:
Membership
Co-Chairs
Stephanie West, CMP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Shelby Sowder This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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reminder

 

 Friendly Reminder to our Suppliers

In an effort to bring as much value as possible to our Members, the prices below will be expected at each meeting. Your membership level is based on records from SGMP National.

Planner Members: $5.00

Supplier Members: $15.00

Supplier Non-Members:
$20.00

Supplier Guests: First Meeting free, each additional (up to 3 per year)  $20.00. After the 3rd meeting in a year, you will not be able to attend without a Planner Match.