SGMP-Local CGMP course and exam

Certified Government Meeting Professional Course and Exam
August 23-26, 2010
Norfolk, VA


Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


Registration is open!!!! 

There are only 25 openings for the class, and only 16 spots left! 

Click here to register online today!!   

The Society of Government Professionals, (SGMP) has developed a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) certification program.  The CGMP is the first certification that focuses specifically on the field of government meeting planning, encompassing federal, state and local agencies.   Obtaining the CGMP designation further defines one’s ability to “get the job done” and establishes one’s level of knowledge and expertise in planning and executing government meetings.  Participating in the CGMP class enhances your credibility as a meeting planner and also reflects an achievement of professional competency within your agency.

Course Content:

Overview/Administration                                     Financial Management
Event Management & Coordination                       Federal Travel Regulations
Ethics                                                                RFP’s
Site Selection & Negotiation                                 Logistics
Marketing & Promotion                                        Sponsorships
Registration/Reservations/Housing                       Program Materials
Speakers & Press                                               Special Events
Risk Management    

Classes typically run from 8:30am – 5:00pm each day; the exam takes place on the last day from 8:30am – 10:30am.

Course Benefits:

  • Demonstrates your commitment and ability to perform the duties of a meeting planner.
  • Enhances the image of excellence in coordinating and planning government meetings.
  • Reflects professional and personal achievement designed for the federal/state/local government meeting planner.
  • Builds self-esteem that measures the quality of education, experience, and ethics required of a meeting planner.
  • Establishes a professional credential that serves as an endorsement o your knowledge and experience.
  • Improves career opportunities and advancement that gives you an edge when being considered for promotion.
  • Prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities indicating your willingness to invest in your professional development.
  • Provides for greater earnings potential, monetary incentives and recognition.
  • Improves skills and knowledge by confirming proficiency and knowledge.
  • Offers greater professional recognition form peers and superiors.

Tuition: $595 (Includes 3 days of classroom training, materials, CGMP exam) 

Mini Silent Auction 2010 descriptions

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Mini Silent 2010 Auction Basket Descriptions

Lynchburg, VA                                                                                                                    Value: $350.00

Picnic basket loaded for family fun in Lynchburg, VA!

  • 2 night weekend stay for four @ Holiday Inn – Downtown Lynchburg
  • Breakfast for 4 each morning
  • Personalized Cookie Cake
  • Boxed lunch for 4 to explore hiking and biking trails
  • Family Four Pack of tickets to Amazement Square Children’s Museum
  • Lots of other snacks & goodies!


Richmond, VA (Basket 1)                                                                                                   Value: $780.00


  • Historic Richmond Region Attractions Guest Pass to over 40 attractions for Two people
  • Richmond Historic Bag
  • Water Sports Bottle
  • Certificate for One night Stay at any Omni within North American and Mexico
  • Certificate for One night Stay at the Richmond Omni with Breakfast for two
  • Certificate from the Holiday Inn Express Richmond Downtown for One Night Stay with Breakfast for Two


Richmond, VA (Basket 2)                                                                                                Value $900.00


  • Richmond Historic Region Ladies Purse
  • Richmond Rocks Book
  • Thermos
  • Certificate from Hilton Short Pump for One Night Stay with Breakfast for Two
  • Certificate from the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown for One Night Stay with Breakfast for Two Certificate from the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport for One night Stay
  • Certificate from the Richmond Embassy Suites Hotel for One Night Stay in the Luxurious Two Room Suite with Full Cooked-To-Order Breakfast and Complimentary Manager’s Reception


Chesapeake, VA                                                                                                                Value $925.00


  • Gift Certificate for the Marriott Chesapeake (1 nights stay and breakfast for two)
  • Gift Certificate for a weekend stay at the aloft Chesapeake
  • Gift Certificate for a weekend stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Chesapeake
  • Chesapeake Conference Center tote bag
  • Chesapeake Conference Center wine
  • Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism toiletry bag (filled with Arbonne products)
  • Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism junior notebook and pen
  • Jillians baseball hat and Player card


The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and                                                        Value $500.00

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center


  • Gift Certificate for a two-night stay at the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center located in the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia.  Built in 1882, the fully-restored Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  As a member of IACC (International Association of Conference Centers), Hotel Roanoke is pleased to offer world-class lodging facilities, including newly renovated guest rooms and 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space.  The hotel's business facilities include 35 meeting rooms, a fixed-seat lecture hall, two boardrooms, conference center lounge, and an elegant hotel ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,400 guests.
  • Breakfast for two each morning at The Hotel Roanoke during the recipient’s two-night stay.
  • Doubletree signature Chocolate Chip Cookies in The Hotel Roanoke commemorative tin.
  • Two Giant Coffee Mugs with Coasters, an Oil Lantern, and a Welcome Plaque of handcrafted American Pottery made in Bedford, Virginia byEmerson Creek Pottery.  The scenic depiction of the Blue Ridge Mountains was designed and commissioned for the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
  • Two of Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea’sfinest select roasted coffees, the Mill Mountain Blend and the Panama Blend from the Roanoke Valley’s very own local coffee boutique.  Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea is proud to be one of the few remaining coffee companies that roast locally using only the finest, fresh-roasted Arabica coffee beans. 
  • “Roanoke, VA” Chocolate Star molded after the Mill Mountain Star, an exclusive by Chocolatepaper, who offers dozens of lines of the finest chocolates in the world, amazing gift papers, greeting cards, and gifts with multiple locations throughout the Roanoke Valley.
  • Chocolates and Candy by Nancy’s Candy Company which is made in a small community the in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains using the decedent chocolate, fresh cream and sweet butter from Nancy’s own perfected original recipe.


Hampton, VA (Basket 1)                                                                                                   Value: $300.00


  • Hampton bag filled with Hampton items
  • A weekend stay (Friday and Saturday night) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hampton which includes a complimentary cooked to order breakfast each morning and a manager’s reception each evening. 
  • A Gift certificate for a Brunch for two on Sunday in Cypress Grill at the Embassy Suites is also included in this package.   



Hampton, VA        (Basket 2)                                                                                         Value: $400.00


  • Hampton bag filled with Hampton items,
  • A two night stay at the Quality Inn Hampton
  • A two night stay at the Holiday Inn Hampton Hotel & Conference Center



NORFOLK (Basket 1) “A Seaside Retreat in Norfolk”                                             Value $700.00


  • Two Night Stay in a Harborview room at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
  • One Weekend Night Stay at the Hilton Norfolk Airport including $25 Gift Card to Max & Erma’s (Hotel restaurant)
  • Attraction Passes for Two to all of Norfolk’s Attractions
  • Luxurious Hilton Bath Robe
  • Hand painted Seaside Picture Frame
  • All packaged together in a collapsible folding picnic basket



NORFOLK (Basket 2) “Children’s Sea Adventure in Norfolk”                                   Value $700.00


  • Two Night Stay at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside including Breakfast for Two
  • One Night Stay at the Quality with Hot Breakfast for Two
  • Attraction Passes for Two to all of Norfolk’s Attractions
  • 2 Sea Creature Stuffed animals
  • Children’s Story book and toy
  • All packaged together in a collapsible folding picnic basket


Virginia Beach Basket          “Bring it to the Beach”                                                    Value $737.00


  • Rolling back pack Cooler, 2 water bottles; donated by the Cavalier Hotel, Lisa MacArthur
  • MAGELLAN Maestro 3225 Portable GPS and Leather portfolio notebook; donated by Virginia Beach CVB, Linda Eisan
  • One night stay at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront with a $100 gift card to Catch 31; donated by Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Wendy Evalle,
  • One night stay at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront with a soft side cooler; donated by Charles Waddell, Wyndham Virginia Beach