It’s time! Renew or join InterCom today as we kick off a new season of networking, speakers, field trips and more

As we close out the 2015-2016 InterCom season, we hope you’ll take a moment now to renew your membership for next year. It’s a quick few clicks, and the cost remains just $45. If you’ve heard about our association but haven’t taken the membership step yet, we hope you’ll consider doing so and join now. If you do, you’ll enjoy our June 10 encore 2nd Friday lunchtime event, World’s Best Commercials from Cannes, free of charge.

You decide your time commitmenttime to restart

InterCom was launched in 1989 when joining a large professional organization was as common as taking a lunch break. But who does that anymore? Yet professional development is still a crucial part of career planning. And developing a professional network is especially important for communication professionals. Today, InterCom lets members make as big or as limited a time commitment as their schedule allows. You can attend every event we host, share ideas and offer input into the organization that’s helping to shape one of the area’s most vital professional segments. Or you can simply stay connected through our electronic newsletter and social media posts.

Don’t miss our signature lunchtime events

If you were part of InterCom from its beginning, you might recall hearing from a guy named Larry Bell who introduced his small craft beer business to the region and shared the company’s early marketing strategy. This season kicks off Sept. 9 with second-generation Bell’s VP Laura Bell. Today the company employs more than 400 people over a 23-state area and has seeded an entire industry around it. Oct. 14 we’ll hear from KVCC’s Mark De Young, with insight into the changing field of graphic design. And don’t miss our 2016 presidential election post-mortem Nov. 11 with John A. Clark, WMU Professor and Political Science Chair. Jan. 13 is a working session with Raquel Binder of both KVCC and WMU, on TED, the Game-Changer. Free to members, these lunchtime events offer insight and instruction. Featuring best practices and case studies in communication, they also provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on some of Southwest Michigan’s leading companies and nonprofits. For a full line-up of the year’s happenings, check out our events page.

Discover new members-only benefits

Want the inside track on local resources for communication professionals? This year we’re adding members-only field trips to our long list of member benefits. We start with a stop at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s tech hub, which now includes access to 3D printing.

Gain access to the region’s top prosstart

Membership in InterCom offers instant access to a cadre of top local communication professionals. But you’ll also meet people leading organizations and initiatives that are central to our region. It’s been said, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, as you build your career. We believe both are important, and we’re committed to helping our members develop both knowledge and a vital professional network. We hope you’ll join us.

From the desk of Gretchen Johnson, President of InterCom and owner of WordPlay Marketing Communications.